Ohio > Stomp the Grapes Half Marathon & Relay
Hartville, OH • Saturday, November 5, 2011
Course Map for the Stomp the Grapes Half Marathon
In a nod to this area's long history as a center for Ohio running and
road racing, race organizers introduced the Stomp the Grapes Half
Marathon for the first time in 2006, welcoming just over 200 runners to
celebrate and continue the legacy left by local runners like Tom White,
Russ Harris and Bob Fausnaught, who tirelessly promoted running
especially in the nearby Canton area in the 1960s and 70s.
Stomp the Grapes Half picks up where the now-defunct Canton Marathon
left off, and the race saw more than 680 runners cross the finish line in the individual half in 2010. For 2011, organizers have scheduled the race starting time for 2:00 PM, in consultation with community officials in Hartville.
The out-and-back course for the race starts and finishes at the Maize Valley Market and Winery, located at 6193 Edison Street Northeast just outside Hartville. From there, runners follow a route that takes them northward along Etter Road and then westward toward town along Swamp Road. The route follows Swamp for roughly two and a half miles, and then turns onto Congress Lake Road for the stretch that unfolds inside Quail Hollow State Park, whose just over 700 acres are filled with forests, rolling meadows and trails as well as the former H.B. Stewart family home.
Runners turn off Congress Lake and onto the park road just after passing the mile 5 marker, and follow it all the way inside the park to the Stewart home, which today serves as a visitor center and educational facility for the park. The course then turns around and heads back out of the park toward Congress Lake, where runners turn right and head north until they meet Pontius Road.
The course then makes a loop in a counter-clockwise direcation along Pontius, Griggy, Swartz and Kehner Roads, and then heads south again along Congress Lake (and passes by the actual Congress Lake) before entering the park again at the park road, which runners follow in to the finish line inside the park where they earlier made the turnaround.
The course offers a combination of fast, flat stretches and
challenging, hilly stretches, most of which occur in the second
half of the race. Those considering the race need
to be aware that organizers will require all participants to finish the
race within 3 1/2 hours, which means you need to be able to keep at
least a 16-minute-per-mile pace.
Weather & Climate
Located in the northeastern corner of the state, about 20 miles southwest
of Akron and about 12 miles north of Canton, the town of Hartville typically
sees cool to sometimes cold weather conditions in the mid-fall season. In November,
average area temperatures range between 49°F and 33°F -- on the day of the race (Nov. 5), the average high is 53°F and the average low is 36°F -- while rainfall amounts average just over 3 inches for the month.
To reserve your spot in the fall 2011 running of Hartville's Stomp the Grapes Half Marathon or Relay race, register online at Active.com.
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