- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
I ran the 5k in both 2013 & 2014 and I'm so sad to miss 2015 as they are adding a 10k distance and dropping the half.
If you run and you're a bills fan, you MUST run this race!
Registration: The earlier you register, the cheaper the race is!
Parking: Tons of parking in the stadium lots.
Swag: They give out a red dry fit t-shirt with the logo on the front and all the sponsors listed on the back, an upgrade from the previous year when they were all cotton.
Bathrooms: Before the race you can hangout in the field house and use the bathrooms but once you head out to the start line, porta potties are scarce. After the race you have access to the bathrooms inside the stadium after the race.
Course: The 5k course was one big loop on the roads surrounding the stadium. Pretty boring. Mostly flat with some rolling hills. The last half mile totally made up for the rest of the course as you come around the turn to see the stadium, run through the parking lot, down the tunnel, and onto the field!
Awards: They give out medals to top 3 in every age group. They are nice medals too! Anything for my bills!
Food: All you need to know is Tim Hortons & Bud Light. At 8am we were enjoying a free beer and bagels/donuts from the sponsors. I was so happy when I found out Tim Hortons was a sponsor!
Other: Loved the 7am start time on a HOT & HUMID Buffalo morning in June! In 2014 the scoreboards were down for stadium renovation but I hear they are back. Pretty cool seeing yourself on the jumbotron as you are crossing the finish line! I was a little disappointed there weren't any players there but the race is held on an off weekend between OTAs and training camp. Billy the Buffalo was around after the race for pictures... and I also recommend taking "jump pictures" in the end zone!
You can read my 2014 Fifty Yard Finish Race Recap on my personal blog Run Jen Run: