Maraton runners making their way up the Niagara Parkway will know they are getting close to the finish when they spot the towers of the Marriott on the Falls and Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa on the horizon.
The Niagara Falls International Marathon is the only marathon in the world that starts in one country and ends in another. Runners will take off from the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo before crossing the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie and making their way north on the Niagara Parkway towards the majestic Niagara Falls.
The race, initially dubbed the Skylon Marathon, was launched in 1974 and quickly became a favourite because of its unique and picturesque route that provides runners with the experience of a lifetime. The course is considered flat and fast and has hosted two USA men's Olympic marathon trials in 1980 and again in 1984, along with the World Veteran's Games marathon in 1995.
The Niagara Falls International Marathon is also a qualifier for the iconic Boston Marathon.
Accompanying the race will be the Skylon Tower Health and Fitness Expo, opening Friday at 3 p.m. and running through the weekend.
The marathon starts at 10 a.m. Sunday in Buffalo.
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