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Whether you love running, nature, history, biking or other forms of fitness - please join us as members and supporters in building out the Towpath Trail. Let's maximize this local treasure along the Cuyahoga River.

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Road Trip!
There are two great ways to experience the Canalway on the weekend of July 16th. You can sign up to ride the  Towpath 150, or you can take a road trip  to the Bolivar Summer Spectacular Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Antique cars and bikes, food and entertainment galore (including Cleveland's Faith and Whiskey band) will be found in downtown Bolivar.

Bolivar is easy to get to, just an hour and 15 minutes south of Downtown on I-77, take exit 93.

While you're in the area, explore the southern end of the Ohio & Erie Canalway at your own pace and check out some of the sites, such as Zoar Village , and the Towpath Trail.

What will I See?see
Last year, a group of riders took the Towpath 150 route for a test ride- here's what they saw:

A recent article by Bike SWPA has some great photos of the sites along the southern end of the Towpath Trail

Bike SWPA: Road Trip to Akron
The Towpath 150 is
July 16th & 17thride
Towpath 150, a new Canalway Partners cycling fundraiser,  is July 16th & 17th.

Riders will travel the length of the Towpath in the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, taking in the sites while raising funds to support Canalway Partners in the development of the Towpath Trail in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. 

Riders receive a souvenir cycling jersey, photo album and a celebratory party with food and entertainment.

Riders have the choice of going one way, or to Bolivar and back.

How Does it Work?How
Register for the Towpath 150 at Race Roster, the entry fee is $100
Riders can ride individually or in a team of up to four.
  • Individual riding one-way- fundraising minimum of $250
  • Individual riding both ways- fundraising minimum of $350
  • Two person team- fundraising minimum of $500
  • Three or four person team- fundraising minimum of $800
Use the Race Roster campaign tools to help raise funds for your ride.

Individuals who raise $450 or more can choose to have their $100 entry fee refunded 

Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ

What are the goals for the Towpath 150?
The Towpath 150 is an overnight bike ride from Cleveland to Zoar/ Bolivar and return over the days of Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. The distance is approximately 150 miles. It is an experiment to create a tourism-based program that also serves as a fundraiser for Canalway Partners, asking riders to solicit tax deductible donations. The two-day event allows cyclists to experience a range of landscapes and interact with residents within the southern reach of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.

Describe the ride.
You begin by parking your car or getting dropped off at the ALCOA parking lot on Harvard Avenue, where your car (if left) will be secure (7am - 8am). You place any luggage/tents/etc into U-Haul for delivery in Bolivar - you receive maps with routes (although you will ride Towpath Trail, you do have options to take to the street by following the designated America's Byway); phone sheet with staff phone numbers. By 8am, you are riding the route, stopping at designated snack and lunch stops. You ride into Bolivar and make a decision if you want to extend your ride to Zoar (about a 6 mile round trip). With the ride completed, you check into the Bolivar Middle School to set up your night - getting tents, etc from U-Haul, dinner ticket, etc. Once you have things in order, you hop aboard a shuttle bus which transports you the nearby Bolivar High School for showers. The bus returns you to the Middle School. When ready, you join the Bolivar Summer Spectacular street party with car cruise, band, beer garden, and chicken dinner. You return to the Middle School to sleep. Sunday morning, breakfast is served between 7am - 8am. You load your gear into the U-Haul for the return trip - beginning the ride by 8am. Just like Saturday, you ride the same route back, stopping at designated snack and lunch stops. Your destination is the ALCOA parking lot where you retrieve your luggage and gear- Mission Accomplished!

What is the fundraising requirement?
Individuals riding both days are responsible to raise a minimum of $350. If you choose to ride one day, the fundraising minimum is $250

How do you raise funds?
Most people reach out to friends, fellow workers, and family. Our registration company Race Roster offers online fundraising tools.

I am an individual who is interested in joining the Towpath 150 ride. How does it work?
All individuals begin by registering - beginning with a $100 initiation fee. Once registered, you can direct friends, work colleagues and others to the web site to pledge financial support for the ride - under your name.

Do you have to ride 150 miles?
No. If you want to ride a distance other than 150 miles, you can. However, you must inform us of your intention and plans - in other words - how far you will be riding. In addition, we do not provide a shuttle service, so you would have to make the necessary arrangements.

If I chose to ride one day / 75 miles, what is my fundraising goal?
If you want to ride one-way / 75 miles, you would raise $250. In addition, you would be responsible for any shuttle service.

I want to ride the Towpath 150 with a friend. How can a 2-person team work?
Again, all riders must sign up as an individual - beginning with a $100 initiation fee. Each raises funds to meet goal of $450. Insofar as the ride, itself, you have options. (1) You can split the distances each day- switching at our lunch location. The first rider puts his/her bike on 2nd rider's car/van and meets in Bolivar. They then split distances on day 2, again switching at lunch. OR (2) You can split the days: one rider does day 1 Cleveland to Bolivar; a second rider does day 2: Bolivar to Zoar. With a 2-person team, you add $60 to cover souvenir shirt and dinner. We can help you think it through - call us.

Can you have a 4-person team?
Yes. Again as with 2-person teams, you have options. With a 4-person team, you add $120 to cover souvenir shirt and dinner. We can help you think it through - call us.

Is there a limit to riders in 2016?
Yes. As a first time event, we are limiting the overnight riders to 50 riders.

Where are the snack stops and lunch spot for Saturday and Sunday?
Saturday: snack stop at Mustill Store (mile 32); lunch at Canal Fulton (mile 53); snack at Craig
Pitman Park (mile 70)
Sunday: breakfast in Bolivar; snack stop at Canal Fulton (mile 25); lunch at Mustill Store

(mile 46); snack at Red Lock in CVNP (mile 63)

Where do we sleep overnight?
There are 2 basic options: Inside the Bolivar Middle School - in the gym OR if you have tent, we will transport it and there is a large lawn for a set up.

What is happening in Bolivar on Saturday evening?
Bolivar is hosting its second annual Summer Spectacular in downtown Bolivar - a short walk from the Bolivar School. The party includes a Car Cruise/ Band = Faith & Whiskey/ Beer Garden/ Chicken Dinner/ outdoor movie. Riders fee includes meal; we are underwriting the band.

Can you transport a tent and sleeping bag - to Bolivar and back to Cleveland?

Is the ride really 150 miles?
Not exactly, but close.

Is there a breakfast on Sunday - before you begin riding?
Yes. The ride includes a breakfast served between 7am - 8am.

How Can I Help?  Help
  The most efficient way to help Canalway Partners develop the Towpath Trail is to become a member

See you on the trail,

Ken Schneider