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Challenge yourself with our fun, fast, flat, scenic, and family-friendly courses.  Whether you’re trying to qualify for Boston, looking for the perfect first marathon, or anywhere in between, the Empire State Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K is the perfect combination of New York State at peak autumn foliage, beautiful views of the east and west shores of Onondaga Lake, and a flat and fast course.

All ESM events are held on Sunday October 11, 2020. The start and finish right at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY. The stadium address is 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse, NY 13208.


  • Male – 14-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
  • Female – 14-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+


  • Exclusive Podium medals will be given to the top 3 overall male and female runners in the marathon and half marathon, as well as the top 3 male and females in each age group.

Registration for the 10K, half marathon, and marathon can be found here. Note that registration is limited to only 2,000 participants and events may sell out with or without notice.

Refunds, transfers, or deferments of entries are not granted for any reason, including injury, pregnancy, military exercise or deployment, and family emergencies.

Note: Athletes may have the option to purchase optional registration refund insurance through a third party provider during the time of registration. Refunds through this program are only available from this provider and are subject to their policies, terms, and conditions.

Participants must be at least 14 years of age as of race day to compete.

Yes! Our marathon distance is a event is a USATF- Certified Boston Marathon Qualifier–and is known to be super fast and flat!

To submit your photo for possible highlight on our social media channels, click here.

Please note that photo recipients are chosen at random and not every submission will receive a personalized photo.

2020 courses will be announced shortly, but we anticipate similar routes as in 2019.