Race Info & Course
The Boston Marathon
In reference to The Boston Marathon, we do not know which year or years The Erie Marathon will qualify you for. We find out when The Boston Athletic Association makes their announcement to the general public. The fastest way for you to find out is to Click Here to see the Official Boston Athletic Association Website. If the information is not there yet, you will need to keep checking back until it is. The BAA does not give any running organization advance notice. We find out when you find out.
Everything happens at Presque Isle State Park. For parking instructions, scroll down. The Erie Runners Club Pavilion (near Beach 1, close to the Presque Isle State Park entrance) hosts the race packet pickup, start and finish for the marathon, race vendors, post-race activities and awards pick up. It is also the site for race participant bag check. The Erie Runners Club Pavilion is approximately .5 miles inside the park from the main (and only) entrance. As soon as you pass Sara’s Eatery on the right side of the road, you will see the park entrance straight ahead.
Since there are no mailing addresses on the park, we are using the address for Sara’s Eatery as an easy reference point. It is 25 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505. You will see the park entrance straight ahead after you pass Sara’s on the right. Click Here to use Google Maps to get you from your current location to the Sara’s Eatery/Presque Isle State Park entrance. Once you get to the park entrance, there is only one road that goes on to the peninsula. So, navigation is easy.
Cell Phone Users
Please note that once you proceed onto the peninsula, cell phone coverage may be limited or non-existent depending on your carrier and physical location inside the park.
Drones are illegal on Presque Isle State Park. Any racer participating in use of a drone will be immediately disqualified from the Erie Marathon. Any racer or spectator participating in use of a drone will be turned in to park police. Drones are a safety issue for racers, spectators and park visitors. For more information, you are welcome to contact the Presque Isle State Park directly at 814.833.7424
+ Historically, more than 30% of all Erie Marathon finishers qualify for the Boston Marathon.
+ Aid stations with GuBrew (drink) located approximately every mile.
+ Race premium and medal guaranteed to all participants.
+ Champion Chip timing system by Runners High with a souvenir timing chip.
+ Energy gels will be available on the course.
+ Bag check available at start/finish area.
+ Erie Marathon medals are available to all finishers at the finish line.
+ Erie Marathon personalized certificates of completion are available at RunSignUp after the race results are finalized. To access your free certificate of completion, you will need to access your RunSignUp account.
+ Post-race activities sponsored in part by Subway.
+ Professional medical staff at the Beach One/Erie Runners Club Pavilion along with volunteers patrolling the course on bicycles to assist with minor injuries. Ham radio personnel every mile if further assistance is needed.
+ Professional photo service, TSC Graphics, will take photos of all finishers and make them available for purchase at www.RunPhotos.com a few days following race day.
+ Five year age group awards with result posted on site with online results available post-race.
+ Please note: Final race results will be posted and sent to Boston.
+ The course is USATF certified and can be used for other event qualifying standards such as the Boston Marathon.
The Erie Runners Club seeks to provide a great race experience. We take the integrity of our race seriously. Results are provided to the Boston Athletic Association in a timely manner to enable our qualifying participants to apply to The Boston Marathon if they choose to. Therefore, we take disqualification seriously.
We report race imposters and course cutting to all major marathon organizations. The Boston Marathon has banned Race Imposters and Course Cutters for Life in recent years. The following is a list of activities that will get you disqualified from our race, resulting in getting you disqualified for the Boston Marathon, among other major races.
1. Having another racer run on your behalf. (Race Imposter)
Photo Identification is required to pick up your packet – Sorry, no exceptions.
2. Cutting the course short.
3. Not wearing your timing chip on your shoe.
4. Not wearing your bib front and center on your shirt.
5. Having a non-race participant run with you.
6. Having another person bike, skateboard, etc. alongside you.
7. Having another person drive alongside you.
8. Having a dog run with you.
Spectators, it is prohibited to drive alongside your racer. If you drive alongside your racer, he or she will be disqualified immediately.
This is a course where you can make history for yourself with a fast time by using all of the favorable conditions (flat, paved surface, shade, moderate climate and plenty of aid stations) to your benefit.
New Course in 2017: Due to construction from Presque Isle State Park renovations, our race course has been revised. We have had it recertified to meet all Boston Marathon Qualifying Requirements. The race still consists of two loops inside Presque Isle State Park.
The new Erie Marathon course will start at the Beach One/Erie Runners Club Pavilion and head away from the park entrance. It will be run in the opposite direction from previous years, with runners facing traffic, which will allow for better awareness; and a safer race. The turn at the entrance to the park will occur close to the halfway mark during the race – effectively eliminating the race start congestion that has been a source of difficulty in past years. We anticipate an increase PR’s and BQ’s in light of these changes.
This marathon is quite possibly the flattest course in the country as evidenced by our consistently having over 30% of Erie marathon participants qualify for past Boston Marathons. It is certainly a Boston Marathon qualifier and has course records prime to be broken: Male — Terrence L. Stanley 2:19:27 (1978); Female — Laura Kaulen 2:42:12 (2014).
Please note that all participants must maintain at least a 14-minute-mile pace.* The course will close accordingly and those remaining on the course must move to the paved multi- purpose trail that runs parallel to the course; the course will remain open for just over 6 hours. Champion Chip timing by Runners High.
*Please note, in years past, we have kept the course open past the allotted time. Due to safety concerns and park rules, the course will be closed based on a 14 minute race pace.
Course Map and Rules
Traffic on the park is maintained throughout the race, so be aware of possible hazards. For most of the race, runners are in the left lane, traffic in the right lane. At the few intersections where runners must cross traffic, road marshals will be present. Please follow their instructions.
There are 14 restrooms along the course - basically all of the buildings you will pass have or are restrooms. There will also be Porta-Johns placed at key locations along the left hand side of the course. Remember that there are more than 350 volunteers out there on race day to ensure that you have a great race. We couldn’t do it without them. Please be courteous.
Adequate free parking will be available at Waldameer Amusement Park and The Tom Ridge Center. Be aware that parking is not permitted on the road side inside the park. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed by park police.
We will have parking attendants and road marshals on the main road into the park and within the parking lots to assist with traffic flow and parking. Since there is only one road into the park we need to keep traffic moving so please follow all road marshal and parking attendant instructions.
Packet Pickup Parking - Saturday, September 9, 2017. Parking will be available at the Beach One/Erie Runners Club Pavilion for Saturday activities beginning at noon. However, on race day this area becomes our start and finish line area and parking will not be available in this immediate area on race day until after the race has started, all runners have cleared the area; and it is deemed safe to reopen.
Race Day Parking – Sunday, September 10, 2017. Adequate free parking will be available at the Tom Ridge Center and Waldameer Park at the top of the hill before you get to the park entrance. There will be free shuttle busses from these lots to the Race Start area beginning at 5:30 am. You may also choose to walk to the start as it is a very short distance.
Race Participant Drop-off - Sunday, September 10, 2017. The Beach One/Erie Runners Club Pavilion is the where the race Start/Finish is located. Participants and spectators may be dropped off at the Pavilion entrance after the park opens at 5:30 am. You will need to quickly vacate the drop off area; and park your vehicle in any lot away from this area.
Public Parking inside Presque Isle State Park - We recommend that you park in the free designated race parking lots - Waldameer Park and the Tom Ridge Center. If you choose to park on Presque Isle, you may find parking in the Niagara Boat Launch Parking Lot. It is located approximately 2.5 miles from the park entrance - right side of the road, just past the Park Ranger Station. Parking may also be available at the Cookhouse Parking Lot. It is located approximately 3.0 miles from the park entrance and is on the right side of the road, too. It is located past the Niagara Boat Launch – across from the Yellow Bike Rentals.
Spectators arriving after the start of the race may find parking in the Beach 1 lot after it has been re-opened. It will not reopen until after the race has started, all runners have cleared the area; and it is deemed safe to reopen. There is no set or scheduled time for this lot to reopen. Once all the criteria are met, we will open the third entrance (furthest away from the park entrance) to that parking lot. There will not be parking attendants there. If there are any spaces available, it will be first come, first served. The first two entrances to Beach One will be for deliveries and shuttle buses only.
Free Shuttle Buses - Are available to race participants before the race. Spectators will be welcome to use the free shuttle buses to return to their vehicles in the designated race parking lots after their racers are done.