Leave No Trace Trail Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, August 31, 2024 • Peninsula, OH • Course Map

“Prepare to leave dirty.” That’s the advice that the organizers of Peninsula’s Leave No Trace Trail Half Marathon have for the runners who’ll head into the winding single-track trails of northeastern Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park, for a race that makes its 13th annual running this year.

A smaller-sized event that draws a few hundred runners each year, the Leave No Trace race follows an out-and-back route that starts and finishes at Camp Manatoc, a Boy Scouts of America camp that’s located in the heart of this 51-square-mile national park that takes its name from the river that flows through the middle of its forests and trails, the Cuyahoga River (which means “crooked river”).

Runners will start the race at the camp, which lies just off Truxell Road and just south of the nearby village of Peninsula. From there, the course will feature a number of technical trails — which are otherwise used as mountain biking trails — and plenty of uphill climbs and downhill descents.

Depending on the weather in the days leading up to the race, potentially there could be plenty of muddy and wet spots on the trails.

Registration won’t be available on the day of the race, and all entrants will receive either a men’s or women’s long-sleeve race t-shirt. Runners are encouraged to sign up early for the race, as past races have been limited to 250 entrants.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled in the middle of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeastern Ohio, roughly 25 miles south of Cleveland, Peninsula typically sees its second-rainiest month of the year in September, which typically sees August temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the low 80s.

  • Aug. 31 average low temp: 61ºF
  • Aug. 31 average high temp: 76ºF

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Leave No Trace Trail Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – 5K
  • 9:00 AM – half marathon

Course Time Limit

5 hours


$65 and up


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Peninsula’s Leave No Trace Trail Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.

Official Race Website



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