In 1995 the Greater Buffalo Track Club started the Grand Island Half
Marathon, conceptualized by coach Ken Hans. The course has changed over
time and since 2006 is staged from Beaver Island State Park at the southern
tip of Grand Island.
The race runs along the Niagara River (bordering the US and Canada) between
Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York. After starting in Beaver Island State
Park, the race follows West River Parkway for about 6 1/2 miles, turns back
and continues along the same route back to Beaver Island. The course is flat
-perfect for racing a new personal best. Click here for USATF course certification map.
Beaver Island State Park is an almost 1000 acre park on Grand Island, NY
with access to fishing, boating, golf, cycling and other activities. The
post race party is located at the finish, Marina North & South picnic
shelter next to the Niagara River. The race is easily commutable from
points east such as Rochester and Syracuse. Also from the north from Toronto
and St. Catherine’s, ON. The hotel closest to the race is the Holiday Inn Grand Island.
Paul Hulme 1:08:13 in 1997
Christine Cote 1:19:54 in 1998
David O’Keeffe 1:09:36 in 1999
Susan Munson 1:24:32 in 2002