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Ohio > Winter Buckeye Trail Half Marathon, Marathon & 50K
Peninsula, OH



Sunday, January 17, 2010

Event Details

Run this one only if you're ready for a challenge, as the hills, rocks, trees and trails inside Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park area area the setting for the Winter Buckeye Trail Fun Run, which includes a full marathon, a half marathon and a 50K race. But that's what trail running is about, after all, and this race doesn't disappoint. The relatively small field (it's limited to about 225 runners) follows a course that begins near the park's Boston Mills Ski Lodge and features plenty of water crossings, roots, natural stairs, some steep hills and a brief stretch of paved surface.

The course for the race consists of two loops, a five-mile loop and an eight-mile loop that both start and finish across the street from the ski lodge at Boston Mills in the park. In past years -- the race celebrated just its fifth annual running in 2009 -- the trail course has been at times covered with snow, so conditions can get quite slick.

The trail is also a combination of many different terrains -- sometimes hilly, sometimes flat, sometimes it's streams you're crossing while others it's service roads through the park. Much of the course, however, is single-track trails through the woods, and because of the elevation and precipitation that's common there, it can make for very muddy conditions that will nearly suck the shoes off runners' feet. In races like this, it's often just staying upright and keeping your shoes on that is the biggest challenge!

Runners will have most of the day to complete the race, as the event begins at 7:00 AM and the course doesn't close until 4:30 PM, to allow the 50K participants to make it in to the finish line back at Boston Mills. Those who've run it in the past describe it as "low key," for its usually small field -- the past two years have seen just over 100 runners come out each year.

While you're in town, take in as much of the park and the surrounding area as you can. One of Ohio's most popular outdoors destinations, Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies just a short drive away from the nearby cities of Akron and Cleveland. The park gets its name "Cuyahoga" from the native American term for "crooked river," which the river that flows through the park certainly shows, and is known for its wide-open greenspaces that are attractive spots for camping and picnicking as well as its deep forests and hiking trails.

Race Weather & Climate

The winter season in the Peninsula area, which lies just outside Cuyahoga Valley National Park, often gets bitterly cold with snow, sleet and/or ice often on the ground this time of year. In January, monthly area temperatures average between 34°F and 20°F, with precipitation amounts averaging around 2 inches for the month.




Registration for the winter 2010 running of the Winter Buckeye Trail Marathon & Half Marathon is now closed, as the event has sold out. To join the waiting list for entry spots, visit the race website shown below.



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