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

Stick around after the race for the finish festival party in NBT Bank Stadium.  Party with finishers from all distances, rock with live bands, and pick up some amazing ESM gear to remember the race.

Course Info

  • Interactive Course Map
  • Start behind home plate on the field at NBT Bank Stadium. Make your way to Onondaga Lake Parkway, then into Onondaga Lake Park.  Run the beautiful East Shore Recreation Trail in Onondaga Lake Park all the way to the northern end, pass under the NYS Thruway and John Glenn Blvd, then exit the park onto Cold Springs Rd and turn left onto Hayes Rd until the first turnaround.  Reverse your steps back to Long Branch Rd, cross the bridge, and make your way down to the West Shore Trail and follow it to the second turnaround.  Return on the West Shore Trail, cross back over the bridge on Long Branch Rd, and make your way south on the Shoreline Walking Trail, back to Onondaga Lake Parkway, and return to NBT Bank Stadium.  Run around the left field side of the stadium, enter onto the field, and finish behind home plate!  Then rock out with live bands and get a massage.
  • Course Limit is 7 hours for the marathon.  To finish before the cut off, you must average approximately a 16:00 per mile pace.
  • Aide stations will be at or about miles 1.5, 3. 4.5, 6.5, 8.5, 10, 11, 13, 15.5, 18, 20, 21.5, 23, and 24.5
  • Energy gel at miles 6.5, 10.3, 15.5 and 21.4
  • Toilet facilities in NBT Bank Stadium at the start and finish.  Portajohns at or about miles 3, 6, 9, 15.5, 20, and 23.
  • USATF certified course number NY18084JG

Race Weekend Info

Packet Pick Up

  • Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm at Fleet Feet Sports

  • 5800 Bridge St, East Syracuse, NY
  • Get Directions
  • Pick up your bib, race tee, and swag bag.
  • Buy Empire State Marathon gear before race day!  All ESM apparel is available at Fleet Feet, starting September 17th.
  • While you’re at Fleet Feet, grab any last minute items for the race.


Maximize your sleep before the big day by staying with one of our amazing and conveniently located hotel partners!  Check out all the great offers on our Accommodations page.

Race Day

  • NBT Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Dr, Syracuse, NY 13208
  • Get Directions
  • Free parking on site at NBT Bank Stadium
  • Corrals and bag check open: 7:00 a.m.
  • Marathon start time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: 1:00 p.m.
  • Post Race Party:  All distances party together!  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in NBT Bank Stadium.  Complimentary massages for runners following the race provided by Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage.  Music by live bands throughout the day.
  • Race photos will be posted by Monday afternoon

Divisions & Awards

  • This event is timed by Leone Timing and Results and uses the B-Tag timing system with the timing chip attached to the back of your race bib.  Race bibs should be worm on the front of your shirt.
    • Overall Male and Female
    • Male Age Group – 14-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50+
    • Female Age Group – 14-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50+
    • Commemorative awards will be given to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female Runners in the Marathon, and to the Top 3 Male and Female in each age group.

Charitable Partner

As in prior years, a portion of the proceeds from the Empire State Marathon will be donated to Kelleigh’s Cause to fund research to find a cure for Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). Visit for more information on AVM and Kelleigh’s story.

Questions about the Empire State Marathon?