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The 2015 Towpath Marathon - Half Marathon and 10K courses are changing.
Why change the courses?
The answer is two-fold: (1) Recent rain patterns have affected the Cuyahoga Valley resulting in temporary and sporadic closures of Riverview Road and Vaughn Road. The race courses of the Half Marathon and 10K rely on the availability of Vaughn Road. While there is a planned remediation to prevent such closures, they will not be implemented before the October race date. Therefore, to ensure reliability, we are altering the course in 2015. (2) We have heard from some runners who asked if more of the course could utilize the Towpath. These course changes will address this request.
What remains the same:
Start lines - both races will begin in the parking lot of Brandywine Ski Resort
Finish lines - both races will finish in the parking lot of the Boston Store
Start Times: Half Marathon will start at 8:00 am - however, runners will use a staggered start to alleviate congestion.
10K run will start at 8:15 am
Half Marathon course runners will begin their race by running down the driveway of Brandywine Ski Resort. They will make a sharp right turn onto the Towpath Trail at Red Lock and run north, past Station Road, past Wilson Mills to a turnaround point marked by signs and an orange cone near Frazee House. Runners retrace their route to the finish at Boston Store.
10K course runners will begin their race by running down the driveway of Brandywine Ski Resort. They will make a sharp left turn onto the Towpath Trail and run south, past the Boston Store to a turnaround point approaching Peninsula. Runners retrace their route to finish at Boston Store.
Last year, we surveyed potential Towpath Trilogy runners concerning recognition of the annual series. Simply, we gave 2 choices: (1) a shirt or (2) a beer mug. The vote was extremely close - the shirt won by 3 votes. The vote was so close that we decided to reach out to inquire of our beer sponsor if they would be interested in partnering up on a souvenir mug. Great Lakes Brewing said - YES. And so, for 2015, our Towpath Trilogy runners will receive a souvenir mug. They will pick it up after their run at our October Towpath Marathon and be further rewarded with a complimentary beer - on us!
The Towpath Trilogy is Canalway Partners' three-race running series which highlights different stretches of the Towpath Trail at different times of the year. Proceeds from the Trilogy go towards future development of the Towpath Trail!
The next race in the Towpath Trilogy is the Towpath Marathon on Sunday October 11th.
Fleet Feet Cleveland has introduced a new long-distance training program called MORE MILES. The program features runs on both the South/East and West Side with the goal of being ready for the Towpath Marathon on October 11th.
The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area, designated by Congress to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow.