Ohio > Inland Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk
Elyria, OH • Sunday, November 4, 2012 • Course Map
Runners get a chance to run along the trail known to locals as the skinniest park in Lorain County, Ohio, at the Inland Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk, which marks its sixth annual running in early November 2012.
This point-to-point race follows what was once the Toledo, Norwalk and Cleveland Railroad, and is now a 65-mile "rails to trails" park that stretches from Elyria all the way to Toledo, and takes runners from the tiny village of Kipton all the way to the finish at the Murray Ridge Center in Elyria.
Throughout the race, participants run on a course made up entirely of paved surfaces, the 12-foot-wide North Coast Inland Trail that gives rise to the park's local fame as the "skinniest park in Lorain County." From the starting line in Kipton, runners follow the trail along virtually a straightaway path the entire race, following the trail as it criss-crosses several roads and intersections through the towns of Kipton, Oberlin and Elyria.
Along the 13.1-mile route, there's a variety of scenery for those running the race, as participants pass through tree-lined parts of the trail through forest areas, as well as through wide-open farmlands. The trail is open to bicyclists, runners, walkers, in-line skaters and even cross-country skiers in the winter season, but expect only runners during the race. Those considering the event can also expect a relatively small field, as just over 320 runners crossed the finish line for all three races combined in 2011, with 173 runners finishing in half marathon.
Weather & Climate
Located about 10 miles inland from the shores of Lake Erie and just to the west of nearby Cleveland, Elyria tends to experience moderately cool to sometimes quite cold weather conditions in the early fall, with occasional showers. In November, average area temperatures range between 52°F and 36°F, while precipitation amounts average just under 3.4 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Nov. 4), the average high is 58°F and the average low is 40°F.
View the race route map for the Inland Trail Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2012 running of Elyria's Inland Trail Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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