A half marathon may be the perfect distance for a race, and the Empire State Marathon’s Half in Syracuse is as fun, fast, flat, scenic, and family-friendly as they come.  Central New York’s beautiful peak autumn foliage, spectacular views of Onondaga Lake, and a fast and flat course!

Due to $30 million is renovations to NBT Bank Stadium, we’ll be starting and finishing the race outside of the stadium this year, but be sure to stick around after the race to party at the finish festival.  Celebrate with finishers from all distances, rock with live bands, and pick up some amazing ESM gear to remember the race.

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, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
    • Female Age Group – 14-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
    • Commemorative awards will be given to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female Runners in the Half Marathon, and to the Top 3 Male and Female finishers in each age group.

Course Info

  • Due to renovations at NBT Bank Stadium, you’ll start this year’s race in front of the 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 out and back on the Cold Spring Trail, back south on the East Shore Recreation Trail to Onondaga Lake Parkway, and return to NBT Bank Stadium.  Run while posing for photos in our finish chute and cross the finish line!  Then rock out with music in our finish festival.
  • Course Limit is 5 hours for the half marathon.  To finish before the cut off, you must average approximately a 22:45 per mile pace.
  • Aide stations will be at or about miles 1, 3, 4, 6.5, 9, 10, 11.5.
  • Energy gel at mile 9
  • Toilet facilities in NBT Bank Stadium at the start and finish.  Port-a-johns at or about miles 3, 6.5, and 10.
  • USATF certified course number NY11067JG

Race Weekend Info

Packet Pick Up

  • Saturday, October 12th, 2019 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 at Fleet Feet before race day!
  • 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 open: 8:30 a.m.
  • Half Marathon start time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: 1:00 p.m.
  • Post Race Party:  All distances party together!  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium.  Music throughout the day.
  • Race photos will be posted by Monday afternoon

Charitable Partner

We are thrilled to partner with the Central New York Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2019!  A portion of registration for the Empire State Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to fund research to find a cure for CF. Visit cff.org for more information on cystic fibrosis, and what you can do to help.

Questions about the Empire State Half Marathon?