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Ohio > Buckeye Half Marathon & Relay
Cuyahoga Falls, OH  •  Sunday, October 27, 2013  •  Course Map


The deep woods forests, open farmlands and gently rolling hills of Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park are the setting for the late-summer running of the Buckeye Half Marathon, which in previous years has also featured a 5K (that race distance was replaced with a half marathon relay for two-person teams in 2011).

From the starting area at the Howe Meadow Events site inside the park, between Everett Road and Ira Road, the race follows a winding out-and-back loop course through the park, along mostly flat terrain along Riverview Road, West Bath Road, Akron Peninsula Road and Bolanz Road. Runners will make two loops around these roads before heading into the special events barn just off Tonkin Drive for the race finish.

The half-marathon is overwhelmingly the favorite of participants in this event -- at the 2010 race, the half saw just over 500 runners cross the finish line, while the 5K had 98 finishers. Both events, however, feature equally scenic courses through the park's hiking and horseback riding trails, past its numerous lakes and ponds and along the winding Cuyahoga (an old Native American term for "crooked river") that makes its way through the valley.

Race organizers emphasize that while this is one of Ohio's smaller running events, there is no race day registration -- you'll need to make sure to sign up in advance using the registration link either below or on the website for Summit Athletic Club, which organizes and sponsors the race.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in northern Ohio, just over 30 miles south of the Cleveland metropolitan area, Cuyahoga Falls typically sees October temperatures that average between 45°F and 62°F, while rainfall totals average just under 2 1/2 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (Oct. 27), the average low is 41°F and the average high is 57°F.

Starting Time

8:00 AM


$45 for the individual half marathon
($40 for members of the Summit Athletic Running Club)


To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2013 running of Cuyahoga Falls' Buckeye Half Marathon or Relay race, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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