14 Photos of Ohio’s Stunningly Scenic Towpath Half Marathon

Named for the Native American word for “crooked river,” the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park just outside Cleveland is the setting for Ohio’s Towpath Marathon, which features the half marathon, 10k and full marathon race lengths.

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It’s run each October inside the national park, with long stretches along the Cuyahoga River.

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The race is “seriously beautiful,” the race organizers say, with plentiful natural beauty all around.

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The race unfolds along the Towpath Trail, a paved and crushed limestone trail pathway that runs along the historic Ohio & Erie Canal.

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The race surface is very flat and very fast, and many Towpath Half runners set their PR here.

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The Towpath Marathon draws a lot of runners that return each year.

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The 13.1-mile half marathon draws nearly 1,400 runners every year.

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Who come for the run…

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to root on the runners…

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… and have fun with their friends.

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And enjoy a craft beer at the finish line!

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There are unique prizes for the winners…

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And even a house band!

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Check out the Towpath Marathon’s website − we’d love to see you there!

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See more on October’s Towpath Half Marathon here, or the April Towpath Half here.

Photos used with permission of Canalway Partners.

1 comment… add one
  • Debra Thomas November 1, 2015, 12:56 pm

    My granddaughter and I walked abd completed the 5k monster dash yesterday, but did not received the medal because they ran out. Is it anyway I can get the medals, my 10 year old granddaughter is very disappointed

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