Towpath Marathon


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Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K

The conclusion of the Towpath Trilogy

Date: Sunday, October 11th 2015, 8:00 am.
Location: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

1556 Boston Mills Road, Boston, OH 44264 (get directions)

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Marathon Mail In Registration 2015

Bib Mail Out Deadline: September 28, 2015 (Marathon Bib Mail Form)
Mail In/Fax Deadline: October 3rd, 2015
Online Deadline: October 8, 2015 at Noon

Marathon Price:

Before Feb 1, 2015: $70
Before September 1: $80
Before October 5: $90
Expo: $100

Half Marathon Price:

Before Feb 1, 2015: $60
Before September 1: $70
Before October 5: $80
Expo: $90

10K Price:

Before Feb 1, 2015: $40
Before September 1: $45
Before October 5: $50
Expo: $55





Canalway Partners hosts the Towpath Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K every fall in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Described as “one of the most beautiful race courses in America” by Runner’s World magazine, the Towpath Marathon showcases breathtaking segments of the historic Towpath Trail located between Akron and Cleveland.

The Towpath Marathon is one of few marathons that take place in a national park, and many consider it a unique specialty race due to the setting and time of year in which it is run. All proceeds from the event benefit Canalway Partners, an organization that has been actively developing and participating in a variety of events and projects to preserve, promote and educate the public about the area surrounding one of Northeast Ohio’s most valuable resources – our park system along the Ohio Canal.

The Towpath Marathon was established in 1992 to introduce the Towpath Trail as a new recreational amenity and to promote the establishment of the Ohio & Erie Canalway; in 1993, it was one of ten events that celebrated the completion of the Towpath Trail through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Since its inception, the Towpath Marathon has grown to become one of Northeast Ohio’s premier marathons, attracting an average of 1,200 participants and 3,500 spectators from more than twenty-seven states for a weekend of outdoor festivities and athletic competition.



This was my first full Marathon ever, I just want to say that I will be back. Everyone was so nice and the run its self was beautiful. What a great experience- you should be proud of everyone involved from the volunteers to the police officers, everyone made you feel at ease. Thank you and see you in the spring for the Half.
-Bob P.

I ran my 20th marathon yesterday at Towpath and really enjoyed it. I think it’s the best small marathon I’ve run — and it rivals some much larger marathons for warmth and efficiency. The combination of the organization, the course, the setting and scenery, the band at the end and the ability of family and supporters to cheer runners at a few points along the way all made it very good. FABULOUS aid stations. Numerous, well-stocked, enthusiastic but not stupid volunteers. While the race drew a lot of very experienced marathoners, it was clear that the full and half marathons welcomed newcomers, too, and provided them with adequate instructions and guidance. I really liked going back by the start at 15 miles rather than at the halfway point. That was a spot on the course to look forward to and provided a boost of enthusiasm — and just a mile later, we were under 10 miles to go. So often, the whole second half of a marathon is quiet and lonely, just as the miles get tough. Nice job, and thanks.
-Randy E. Detroit, MI

Several races are justifiably well known for their spectacular scenery… With autumn colors at their peak, this was one of the most beautiful runs I’ve ever done. The entire valley was aflame with bright reds, oranges, golds, and yellows.
– Dan Horvath, in Marathon & Beyond, July/August 2004 Issue