Northern Ohio Marathon & Half Marathon

Sunday, November 1, 2020 • Mentor, OH • Course Map

Set for its eighth annual running this fall, the Northern Ohio Half Marathon takes runners on an out-and-back, clockwise loop route through the neighborhoods and parks that lie between Headlands Beach State Park and Veterans Park here in this small city just outside Cleveland, which snagged a spot on Money magazine’s “best places to live” list a few years back.

The race starts and finishes in Headlands Beach State Park, which attracts some 2 million visitors a year thanks to its mile-long natural sand beach on the shore of Lake Erie, the longest swimming beach in Ohio.

From there, runners head out on a clockwise route that unfolds first along the roads within the park, and then head south onto Williams Street. They’ll continue south through a few blocks next to the Grand River, and then turn onto Lakeshore Boulevard, which they’ll remain on for the next few miles.

After they pass the half-way point of the race, they’ll turn on Hopkins Road and head into Veterans Memorial Park, where they’ll turn off the paved roads and head onto portions of the Cardinal Loop Trail that winds through the park.

Once they make it out of the park and back onto the roads, runners will follow Harbor Drive and Headlands Road (which take them back toward the lakeshore), and then make their way back to Headlands Beach for the race finish, which will be in the parking lot next to the beach.

The Northern Ohio Marathon’s 26.2-mile race is a Boston Marathon Qualifier (#OH15039MW), and runners will also be able to sign up for runner tracking that will post their progress during the race to their Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as notifications to their mobile phones — see the official race website for more info.

The 2020 race offers a virtual option, which you can run anytime from September 1 to November 1.

All photos courtesy Lake Health Running

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the southern shore of Lake Erie, just a half-hour’s drive from nearby Cleveland, Mentor typically sees cool (and occasionally cold) to mild weather in November, which generally brings temperatures from the high-30s to the low-50s, and just over 3 1/4 inches of rainfall for the month.

On race day (Nov. 1), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 58ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Northern Ohio Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:30 AM


  • $50 – $60 for the half marathon
  • $50 – $60 for the full marathon
  • $125 – $150 per team for the 5-person marathon relay
  • $30 for the virtual race


To reserve your spot in the fall 2020 running of Mentor’s Northern Ohio Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay race, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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