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The Towpath Marathon is October 12th

The big one is on the way, the conclusion of the 2014 Towpath Trilogy- The Towpath Marathon. 

There are three race lengths Marathon, Half-Marathon and a 10K. 

It all goes down October 12th in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to benefit the creation of the Towpath Trail.




The Towpath Marathon is a Boston Qualifier

  


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Thank you to Kay Wuske of Blue Heron Photography, we have chosen her photo "Peaceful Morning" as the 2014 Towpath Marathon photo award.

 

"Peaceful Morning" by Kay Wuske 

The top three male and female finishers in each race along with the top three male and female finishers in each age division for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K receive an 8" by 10" matted photo award signed by the photographer.
 
 


If you wish to have your Towpath Marathon bib mailed to you, the deadline to register is Monday September 22nd. To have your bib mailed, complete and return this editable form and include payment of $10.

 

If you have already submitted a form or registered to have your bib mailed through Active.com you do not to take further action- your bib will be mailed by 9/29.

 

This year, our race expo will return to Boston Mills, 7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula, OH 44264. (get directions)



 

Friday 10/10/14 from 3pm-7pm (limited vendors)

Saturday 10/11/14 from 9am - 5pm
 
 
Call For VolunteersVols

We are seeking groups to volunteer to help us with the following water stations.. 

Valley Picnic 

- This water station serves runners as they run on the Towpath Trail heading in both directions. Volunteers access this Water Station right off of Riverview Road.

Directions: from North or South: Riverview Road is accessed from I-77 via the Richfield exit (exit # 143) Wheatley Road/ (176). After exiting from I-77, drive east on Wheatley Road until it dead-ends on Riverview - turn left (north) and drive north towards Peninsula. Water Station is located just off Riverview Road after the train tracks cross Riverview. Park in parking lot - Valley Picnic. Access to water station is north - walk about 1,000 feet - must follow grass dive - has chain blocking cars - cross RR tracks to trail.

 

 

10K Turnaround 

- This water station is located south of Boston Store, about 1.5 miles on Towpath Trail. Volunteers walk over the boardwalk and past an old lock to open area where aid station is set up - turnaround cone is located south of aid station area - place cone on trail after marathon runners pass.

Directions: From the south: Exit I-77 onto Rt 21 (exit # 145) - prepare to turn right (east) onto Boston Mills Road - turn left (north) onto Black Road for short trip over bridge before turning right (east) onto Boston Mills Road. Drive down Boston Mills - turn left (north) at RiverView - park at Boston Mills Ski Resort - walk to Boston Store area.


 

From the North: Exit I-77 onto Miller Road (exit # 147) - turn left (east) onto Miller Road - turn right (south) onto Rt 21 - drive south to Snowville Road - turn left (east) down Snowville to Riverview Road - turn right (south) - park at Boston Mills Ski Resort - walk to Boston Store.


 

 

We are also looking for Course Marshalls and Parking Volunteers.
Please contact Canalway Partners at 216-520-1825 to learn more.

 
  1. The Setting - Cuyahoga Valley National Park - in the fall.  The colors.  The terrain.  You run in the woods along the Cuyahoga River.  You encounter nature at its best - from turtles and frogs to cranes and perhaps an eagle.
  2. The Course - The running surface is largely a crushed limestone - it is "easy on the joints."  Most runners remark that their legs are still fresh after the race.
  3. The Course AGAIN - it's FLAT - very flat.  Many runners have posted PRs in this race.
  4. Boston Marathon - It's a qualifier.
  5. The Post-Race Party.  There's something for everyone - small kids have an inflatable slide.  Cats on Holiday help us rock out the morning/ early afternoon.  We have Great Lakes brews.
  6. Runners Perks - the finisher medal, the tech tee, the music, the food, the beer ($4/ glass), the foot massages, the full body massages (tips are appreciated)
  7. The Volunteers - usually top out near 300 for this race.
  8. The Comradery - The course design - bowtie - allows runners to support each other during the course of the race.
  9. The Top Finishers Award - forget the statues - we provide winners with a memorable photograph of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, taken by professional photographers - matted and ready to frame.
  10. The Cause - The fees and revenues underwrite the goals and programs associated with the development of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, including the extension of the Towpath Trail into downtown Cleveland.
Take it away Paul!

The Towpath Marathon (and Half AND 10K) is Sunday October 12th, join us for a great time that supports a great cause


Bring Your Friendsfriends

The Towpath Marathon is a special event in a magical setting, join us to root on your friends and stay for our beer garden (featuring Great Lakes brews), music from rockers Cats on Holiday, and a play area for the kids.
 
Marathon 2011 Slide 

The people have spoken- the official 2014 Towpath Marathon tech tee will be navy blue. 


 


 


 
 
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