Frequently Asked Questions

Towpath Half Marathon, April Race (15)

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The latest cost and registration information for the Towpath Half Marathon, and all Trilogy events, can be found at our Register Now page.

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Yes, the Towpath Half Marathon allows walkers.

Half marathon course walkers will begin one hour earlier – start at 7:00 am – they will meet at the park located on E. 49th St. south of Grant Ave.

5-mile course walkers will begin race at 7:30 am, from the 5-mile start.

3-mile course walkers will begin race at 7:45 am.

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Yes, from 6:00 am – 7:00 am at the two start lines:

Half Marathoners in park located on E. 49th St, south of Grant Ave. (I-77 exit)

5-miler at intersection of Lower Harvard Ave./Jennings Rd.

Look for pop up tents

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All Runners – look for Parking Signs to indicate lots.  They are yellow with red letters.

Half Marathon Runners:
Runners will park in lots adjacent to East 49 Street. Lots will be marked with signs indicating “Parking” – runners will shuttled back to their cars after the race – you can catch shuttle at Post Race Party – Iron City Café – located at the intersection of Jennings Rd. and Harvard Ave. starting at 9:00 am.

5-mile Runners:          
Alcoa is providing a parking lot located on Harvard Avenue.  Early birds (6 am – 7am) +  (limit 100) can park at the Alcoa Lot located east along Harvard – directly across from the Speedway (South side of road).  Look for Towpath Parking signs.  Shuttle buses can transport you from park lot to start.  They will also take you back following the race – go to Post Party area for shuttles – Iron City Café.  Shuttles will run starting at 9 am.

3-mile Runners:
Runners will park in lots adjacent to East 49 Street. Lots will be marked with signs indicating “Parking” – runners will be  shuttled back to their cars after the race – you can catch shuttle at Post Race Party – Iron City Café – located at the intersection of Jennings Rd. and Harvard Ave. starting at 9:00 am.

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Yes, for the most part. The course does include 2 bridges over Granger and Warner Roads, the incline for each meets ADA standards of 5%. The Half Marathon runners will cross the bridges twice – once on the run south, the other returning north.  There is a short hill to climb to the Finish Line.

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The surface of the Towpath Trail in this Cleveland Metroparks section is asphalt.

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Yes, for the 5 Miler, we will close lower Harvard Avenue between Jennings Road and upper Harvard Avenue for the race – from 7:45 am – 8:10 am.

For the Half Marathon and 3 Miler, the driveway for the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation will be closed from 7:45 – 8:15 am to accommodate the start of the Half Marathon and 3 Miler.

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Half Marathon: 8 aid stations and 10 portolets
5–Miler: 5 Aid Stations and 2 portolets
3-Miler:  2 Aid Stations and 2 portalets

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Yes. The half marathon miles are marked with yellow signs and red numbers. The 5–Miler will be marked with white signs with green letters.  The 3Miler will be marked with white signs and black letters.

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Yes, at the Towpath Half Marathon there are restrooms-

Half Marathon – 8 restrooms on the course + start and finish
5-Miler – 5 restrooms on the course + start and finish
3-Miler – 2 restrooms on the course

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Yes. The Half Marathoners and 3-Milers will be shuttled from the Finish Line area at lower Harvard/ Jennings Road to their cars parked on E. 49th St. near Grant Ave.

Busses will begin the shuttle service at 9am.

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Good places for spectators at the Towpath Half Marathon are:

The Half Marathon Starting Line, park in the lots on East 49 Street.

The Towpath Trail below the Cleveland Metroparks Canalway Center, park in the visitor parking lot by the Canalway Center, note the drive will be closed until after the start of Half Marathon/ 3-Miler  plan to arrive after 8:30 am. From this vantage, you will see runners twice – miles 6 and 11 of the Half Marathon and mile 2.5 for the 5 Miler.

Valley View along the Towpath Trail, park in the lot between Warner and Granger Roads

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Yes, there is a $5 charge. Just complete the Towpath Half Marathon Award Mail out form available on our forms page.

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Registration deadlines for the Towpath Half Marathon can be found here-

https://towpathtrilogy.com/half/#deadlines

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Towpath Marathon, October Race (26)

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We will accept registrations postmarked by October 3rd, however if a race sells out, we reserve the right to reject entries received after the point of sell-out.

Bib Mail-out option – $10. The Bib Mail-Out Form MUST be received by September 19, 2016.

With this option, you will will only receive your bib in the mail. Your shirts will be available for pickup on race day at the finish area, but it will be first come, first served for sizing. We still highly encourage runners to come and pick up their packet. If you are not able to pick up your packet yourself, you can have a friend or another runner pick it up for you.

 

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Yes, please complete and send the Marathon Bib Mail Form

There is a $10 fee to have your bib mailed, sorry we cannot send t-shirts.

The 2016 deadline was 9/23, bibs will begin to be mailed 9/26/16.

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Towpath Marathon packets will be available at the Towpath Marathon Expo at Boston Mills Ski Resort, please click here for details.

All runners that have completed The Towpath Trilogy (registered for all 3 races in one year) can pick up their “I Conquered the Towpath Trilogy” mugs at the Towpath Village.

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YES. The Towpath Marathon course is VERY flat. There are no hills to speak of anywhere on the course.

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Most of the Towpath Marathon is run on the Towpath Trail, which is comprised of a firmly packed, crushed limestone which is very easy on the joints.

Most of the Half Marathon Course is run on the Towpath Trail. The 10K is a mix of asphalt and Towpath Trail.

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Yes. The code is OH100S4PR. It expires 12.31.2020

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Male – 2:27:59
Female – 2:50:42

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All Towpath Marathon aid stations have water and Lemon Lime Gatorade, there is energy gel available at Mile 15 Stumpy Basin on the Full-Marathon course

More information can be found here- https://towpathtrilogy.com/marathon/marathon-race-day/#aid

 

Towpath Marathon Aid Stations:

Full-marathon course

Half-marathon course

10K course

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Yes. At the Towpath Marathon, marathon course miles are marked by white signs with black numbers and letters.

The half marathon course miles are marked by yellow signs with red letters.

The half marathon walker course is marked by red signs with white letters

The 10K course is marked by blue signs with white letters

 

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The latest cost and registration information for the Towpath Marathon, and all Trilogy events, can be found at our Register Now page.

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There are restroom facilities at 13 locations along the Towpath Marathon race courses.

Please visit Towpath Marathon Race Day for maps and locations

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Towpath Marathon runners pass through the finish line area heading towards the northern loop at about Mile 17.

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1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Overall Male & Female (Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10k)

Top Master Male & Female (Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10k)

1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Male & Female in the following age groups:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-99 (Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10k)

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The Towpath Marathon award schedule-

10K length: scheduled to begin 1 hour after the first finisher crosses the finish line/ approx. 9:30AM.

Half Marathon length: scheduled to begin 1 hour after the first finisher crosses the finish line/ approx. 10:30AM.

Full Marathon length: scheduled to begin at Noon.

Winners will receive a professional 8 x 10 matted photograph with corresponding plate that will signify place (1st, 2nd 3rd overall male and female) or 3 deep in your age group.

If you could not stick around for the awards ceremony we can mail you your award for a $5.00 fee. Please complete this Award Mail-In form.

Awards will take place at the Towpath Village near the finish line

 

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Each Towpath Marathon runner will receive a goody bag.

All marathon course runners will receive a long-sleeved Towpath Marathon tech tee. Half-marathon and 10K runners will receive a short-sleeved Towpath Marathon tech tee.

Full and half marathoners finisher will receive medals.

There will be food available at no cost to runners only.

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Food and beverages are available for purchase for spectators at Trail Mix Boston, located across from the Towpath Village Finish line area.

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At the Towpath Marathon‘s Towpath Village, runners will have access to massage therapists, food, live music and a cash beer garden featuring beer from Great Lakes Brewing.

There is also a kids area, where we will have crafts, entertainment and an inflatable slide.

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Station Road (Full and Half-marathon length):

Station Road is the marathon length turnaround. Half-marathon length runners will pass through the area twice.

Park at the Station Road Trailhead.

From North or South: Take I-77; exit onto Rt 82 (exit # 149) – east. Turn east, past Rt. 21 and enter Cleveland Metroparks Parkway to Riverview Road. Cross road into Station Road Bridge parking area.

 

Boston Store (All lengths):

Boston Store is the finish line for all three Towpath Marathon race lengths. Marathon length runners will pass through three times.

Park in the Boston Mills Ski Resort parking lot.

From the south: Take I-77; exit onto Rt 21 (exit # 145). Prepare to turn right (east) onto Boston Mills Rd. Turn left (north) onto Black Rd. for short trip over bridge; then turn right (east) back onto Boston Mills Rd. Drive down, to Riverview Rd. Turn left and prepare to take a quick left into the Boston Mills Ski Resort Parking Lot.

From the north: Take I-77; exit at the Miller Rd. exit (exit #147) – head east (left); turn south (right) on Rt. 21; turn left on Snowville Road – drive to bottom of hill; turn right (south) on Riverview Road. About a mile and a half on your right, turn right into the Boston Mills Ski Resort parking area.

 

Hunt Farm (Marathon length only):

Marathon runners will pass through Hunt Farm twice.

Park at the Hunt Farm parking area.

From North or South: Hunt Farm is accessed from I-77 via the Richfield exit (exit # 143) Wheatley Rd./176. After exiting from I-77, drive east on Wheatley Rd. until it dead ends on Riverview Rd. Turn south (right); be prepared to make a quick turn left onto Bolanz Rd. Signs will direct you on where to park.

 

Village of Peninsula, Lock 29 (Marathon length only):

Marathon runners will pass through Lock 29 twice.

Park at the Lock 29 Trailhead.

From the south: Take I-77; exit at the Richfield exit (exit # 143) Wheatley Rd./176. After exiting from I-77, drive east on Wheatley Rd. until it dead ends on Riverview. Turn left and drive north towards Peninsula. Turn right onto Rt 303 and park in the CVNP trailhead parking.

From the north: Take I-77; exit at the Miller Rd. exit (exit # 147) – head west (left); turn south (right) on Rt. 21; turn left (west) on Rt. 303 – park in the CVNP trailhead parking

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Yes. The roads to both Towpath Marathon start areas close at 7:00 AM and will remain closed until 8:45 AM.

Please plan to be there early

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Yes, there will be a bag drop at the the Towpath Marathon.

There will be a volunteer by your start line with duct tape and markers, so you can mark your name and bib # on the bag.

Bags will be brought to the finish line and placed by the barn. Based on volunteer availability, we attempt to organize these drop bags numerically by race category.

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The Towpath Marathon course will be supported with aid stations for 6 hours. We can not guarantee road closures or staffed aid stations past this time. This means that runners finishing the race in 6 hours will be running approximately a 13 minute mile.

If you think that you will need more than 6 hours, you should start with early with the Marathon walkers

Walker information

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We welcome walkers at the Towpath Marathon, in the full and the half marathon race courses, and encourage them to take advantage of our 7:00 start time to ensure that they finish within the allotted time.

Walkers will be timed and your time will be posted under results on the Towpath Trilogy website. Walkers will now start at mile 1 of the Towpath Trail.

ALL walkers should park at Boston Mills Ski Resort Parking Lot
7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula, OH (Google Maps directions).

Please indicate you will be walking on your Active.com online or mail-in registration.

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Towpath Marathon: Where to Park

Marathon length runners are to park at the Boston Mills Ski Resort Parking Lot
7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula, OH (Google Maps directions).

Marathon length walkers are to park at Boston Mills Ski Resort.
7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula (Google Maps directions)

Half Marathon length runners are to park at the Brandywine Ski Resort Parking Lot
1146 W Highland Rd Northfield, OH 44067 (Google Maps directions)

Half-Marathon length walkers are to park at Boston Mills Ski Resort.
7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula (Google Maps directions)

10K length runners are to park at Boston Mills Ski Resort.
7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula (Google Maps directions)

 

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In your registration confirmation email from Active, there is a link to edit your registration.

This link will allow you to visit your account and edit the race length for which you are registered.

There is a $10 fee to change race lengths.

Give us a call at 216-520-1825 if you need any assistance, or have registered via mail.

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If you are staying at the Hampton Inn or Days Inn (View Accommodations page) we provide shuttle service to the start lines. Buses arrive at 6:00 am and 6:30 am only. A shuttle schedule will be available at the front desk.

Please note: half and full walkers please get on the 6:00 am bus marked Boston Mills, you will be dropped off at the Boston Mills Ski Resort and need to walk to your start line located south of Boston Store on Towpath Trail. Be there by 7:00 am.

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Towpath Ten-Ten, June Race (15)

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Yes. There will be a volunteer at the Ten-Ten start areas with duct tape and markers. Put your name and bib number on your bag.

Bags will be available at the finish area. We are not responsible for lost items.

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The latest cost and registration information for the Towpath Ten-Ten and all Trilogy events can be found at our Register Now page.

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In each of the two Towpath Ten-Ten race lengths, there are special categories for Father/Son, Father/Daughter and Father/Mother teams.

Awards will be given to the top three finishing teams. One Father can run with both his son and daughter or two sons or two daughters, etc.

Please register as a team through Active.com. If you submit a mail-in form and wish to register your team, please call our office at (216)520-1825.

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Yes. Each race will be marked with different colored signs:

10K- Dark Blue Sign, White Letters

10 Miler- White Sign, Green Letters

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For the 10 Mile Run:

There are 6 aid stations along the course, in addition to the start and finish areas.

Portolets are placed at 9 locations, in addition to the start and finish areas.

START – Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 1 -Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 2.4 – Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 3.8 – Portolet
Mile 4 – Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 5.7 – Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 5.9 – Portolet
Mile 6.7 – Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 8.5 – Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 8.7 – Portolet
FINISH – Mile 10 Water/Gatorade/Portolet

For the 10K Run:

For the 10K Run: There are 3 along the course, not including the start/finish. Portolets are placed at 5 locations, not including the start/finish

START – Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 1.8 -Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 2 -Portolet
Mile 2.8 -Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 4.3 -Water/Gatorade/Portolet
Mile 4.7 -Portolet
FINISH – Mile 6.1 Water/Gatorade/Portolet

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Only Towpath Ten-Ten runners that complete the 10-mile course receive a Finisher’s medal.

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Some good places to watch the Towpath Ten-Ten include-

Finish Line – located on West Canal Road. Park at Cinemark and cross street. Be mindful of runners on Towpath between 7 am – 8:00 am

Between the White Bridges that cross over Warner Road.

Near Bacci Park

Below Kreiger Canalway Center – Take I-77 to Grant Ave. Head west on Grant Ave. Turn left on E. 49th. Go approx. 1/2 mile and turn right into the Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. From the partking lot, walk down the hill to the trail.

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Valley View

Overview – roads close to start race – once runners pass through section, roads open again; West Canal Road between I-480 and Solid Waste District remains closed between 6:30 am – 10:30 am or once last runner finishes – could be 10:00 am.

Cloverleaf Rd – between Granger and West Canal Rd.                    6:30 am – 7:15 am

West Canal Road – between I-480 and Solid Waste District                        6:00 am – 10:30 am

West Canal Road – between Solid Waste & Old Rockside Road     6:30 am – 7:30 am

Old Rockside Road – between Canal and Commerce Park Oval      6:30 am – 7:30 am

Small connector roads between Canal and West Canal from I-480 to Old Rockside Rd – close with barricades and orange cones between 5:00 am – 10:30 am – Fosdick and West Canal

 

Independence

Overview – roads close to start race – once runners pass through section, roads open again; Old Rockside and its adjoining roads (Walker Oval and Commerce Park Oval) will be closed from 6:30 am – 7:30 am or when last runner comes through intersection.  After, Old Rockside is open as is West Canal from Old Rockside to north of Solid Waste District.

Old Rockside Road – between Canal Road and Scenic Railroad Driveway – 6:30 am – 7:30 am

 

Cuyahoga Heights

Overview – roads close to start race – once runners pass through section, roads open again; Canal Road between Warner and East 71 Street should open up quickly – Canal between East 71 and East 49 will take 20 minutes longer.

Canal Road – between Warner Road and East 71 Street – up to East 49 Street       6:30 am – 7:15 am

Canal Road – between East 71 Street and East 49 Street hill by Kurtz driveway    6:30 am – 7:30 am

 

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Each Towpath Ten-Ten runner will get a short-sleeved tech tee.

Runners must register before May 27th to secure their tech tee size.

10-mile course finisher will receive finisher medals.

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The Towpath Ten-Ten courses are all asphalt, no limestone

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Yes. 10-Miler walkers will begin at 6:00 am. 10K walkers will begin at 6:30. Walkers must be finished by 10:00 am. We recommend walkers bring bottled water with them.

We ask walkers and runners not to walk/run two abreast to allow for passing and to avoid congestion on the course.

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Yes, there is a $5 charge. Just complete the Towpath Ten-Ten Award Mail-Out form available on our forms page, towpathtrilogy.com/forms

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After the race, there is shuttle service from the Towpath Ten-Ten finish line to the after party at Quaker Steak & Lube, which is near the parking lots at Cinemark.

There is no shuttle service at the beginning of the Towpath Ten-Ten.

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Registration deadlines for the Towpath Ten-Ten can be found here-

https://towpathtrilogy.com/ten-ten/#deadlines

 

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Details regarding packet pickup for the Towpath Ten-Ten can be found here: https://towpathtrilogy.com/ten-ten/#packet

 

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Towpath Trilogy All (12)

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No. Due to the constricted nature of the Towpath Trilogy race courses (on the 12 foot wide Towpath) we do not allow pacers.

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Please locate the email confirmation of your race registration, it contains a link to edit your registration.

The process will allow you to transfer your registration, they will be charged the cost of the race at the current price point.

You will be charged a transfer fee of $10.00 and will be issued a credit for race fees.

If you need to have the email confirmation of your registration resent, please email Kathy Cole kcole@canalwaypartners.com.

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All Towpath Trilogy races are rain or shine events.

In the extremely rare occasion of a cancellation, we do not offer refunds. This is standard policy for races.

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Towpath Trilogy runners will receive their 16 oz Towpath Trilogy mug in the Great Lakes Brewing Beer Tent near the finish line.

Race staff will verify runners complete the Trilogy by looking up their bib number. Each runner that “Conquers the Towpath Trilogy” will receive a coupon for a free beer.

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Yes.

However; please be mindful of other runners while wearing headphones.

We have found that runners wearing headphones can have difficulty hearing verbal directions along course, and can be unaware of passing runners.

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Towpath Trilogy events use D-Tag computerized chip timing.

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Results to Towpath Trilogy events will be posted on our website here- https://towpathtrilogy.com/results/

We post results within 24 hours at the latest, and share them via our Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Towpath-Marathon/105024623079

 

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No. We do not allow dogs to run on the Towpath Trilogy race courses.

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No. We do not allow jogging strollers in the Towpath Trilogy races.

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In your registration confirmation email from Active, there is a link to edit your registration.

This link will allow you to visit your account and edit the race length for which you are registered.

There is a $10 fee to change race lengths.

Give us a call at 216-520-1825 if you need any assistance, or have registered via mail.

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A runner can complete (or “conquer”) the Towpath Trilogy by participating in all three events in one season. Runners who conquer the Towpath Trilogy are eligible for a special prize.

Example: to conquer the 2017 Towpath Trilogy, you would participate in any length of the 2017 Towpath Half Marathon in April, the 2017 Towpath Ten-Ten in June and the 2017 Towpath Marathon in October.

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There are two primary reasons for why your GPS will show longer than the official course distance.  This is due to how the official measurement is done for certified courses and your GPS accuracy.

Official course measurement: when courses are certified, the path taken is the shortest route possible, tight around any corners, straight through zig-zags on course, etc.  This is to ensure that the course run by any racer is never shorter than stated distance.  Because you are likely not running the exact same path, perhaps always staying to the right side rather than tight to inside of turns, maybe zig-zagging to pass or be passed by other runners, diverting to use a toilet, etc. your path will be longer than the official course measurement.

GPS accuracy: GPS positioning is typically accurate to with 10 meters (per the Garmin website).  What this means is that the strait line you run isn’t straight on GPS, and this can add the distance quickly.  There are a couple easy ways to illustrate what this means practically.  The first image below is from the 2016 Towpath Half Marathon using GPS… this is the second half of the race on a section (between miles 7 and 12) that is traversed 3 times.. twice going north and once going south.  You can see from the map that each time through, the GPS location is very different and quite often well off course.

Another fun example to show GPS inaccuracy is from the track.  Two miles on a high school track, all in the inner two lanes, looks anything but consistent!

The bottom line is that your GPS will likely measure a couple percent longer than actual course or run you’re taking.  This can easily translate to 0.1-0.3 miles on a half marathon… which would appear to be 3-10 seconds/per mile faster than course time.

 

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