Towpath Half Marathon – April 5, 2020

Featuring Half Marathon, 5-Mile and 3-Mile Race Lengths

The first race of the Towpath Trilogy

Rules & Regulations
Packet Pickup

The Towpath Half Marathon

Sunday, April 5, 2020- 8:00 am

Half Marathon Race: Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, 4524 E. 49th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44125 (Get Directions)

5-Miler Race: Intersection of Lower Harvard and Jennings, Cleveland, Ohio (Get Directions)

3-Mile Race: Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, 4524 E. 49th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44125 (Get Directions)

Register with


Mail and Fax Registration: March 31, 2020 (end of day)

Online Registration: April 3, 2020, 2:00 PM

Bib Mail Out Deadline for the Towpath Half Marathon (3 & 5 Miler): March 23, 2020


Just wanted to share that yesterday was an amazing morning for the Towpath Half Marathon. The weather was perfect. The volunteers were so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable!  There is so much natural beauty is hidden within the industrial section of Cleveland! -Diane E.

Thanks again for all your help in putting on this race, it’s a great training race for those working towards the Cleveland Marathon next month, and I hope it went well on your guys end! -Mike W.

Last year was my first experience with the Towpath Marathon (we recently moved to the area), and it
quickly became one of my favorite events. You do a great job…looking forward to the others this year! -Kevin M.


  • Those under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature on the entry form.
  • The minimum age for the half marathon length is 13 years old.
  • The minimum age for the 3 and 5-mile lengths is 10 years old.


Packet pickup will be available at area Fleet Feet Sports (Westlake, Pepper Pike, and Northfield) stores and the Dicks Sporting Goods store in Strongsville from 10AM to 7PM on Thursday 4/2.

There will be day-of packet pickup at the starting lines at 6:00 AM


We wouldn’t be able to have such a successful event without our sponsors.  Please support them as they have supported
Canalway Partners and the Ohio & Erie Canalway projects.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Races

Please be sure to check out the page pertaining to your specific race, as these are general questions that are related to all three races.


How can I register?

Register for the races online by selecting the correct link for the race you want to run in, or feel free to print out the mail-in form for your desired race by the deadline date.

Mail to:

PO Box 609420
Cleveland, OH 44109

OR fax to 216-520-1833

If you have further questions or concerns on registration, please feel free to email

After that point, the only registrations accepted will be on race day at your start line if spaces are available.


Where and when can I pick up my packet?

Packet pickup will be available at area Fleet Feet Sports (Westlake, Pepper Pike, and Northfield) stores and Strongsville Dicks Sporting Goods store from 10AM to 7PM on Thursday 4/4.

There will be day-of packet pickup at the starting lines at 6:00 AM

You have the option of having your packet mailed and the fee is $10 fee.  Please make sure to check the dates so that you are registered in time to be eligible for a mail out should you chose that option.


Is the course flat?

The Towpath Trail is VERY flat in some sections, but please refer to the COURSE map link for elevation chart.

What is the surface?

The surface of the Towpath Trail in the Ohio and Erie Canal reservation is asphalt.

What are the course records?

Male – Coming Soon
Female – Coming Soon

Will any roads be closed?

Yes, generally the roads close 1/2  hour before the start of each race.

Is every mile marked along the course?

Half Marathon course runners should follow mile marker and directional signs (yellow signs with red letters.)

5 Mile runners course should follow direction signs (white signs with green letters)

3 Mile runners should follow mile marker and directional signs (White signs, Black letters).

How long is the course open?

The course will be supported with aid stations for 3 hours. We can not guarantee road closures or staffed aid stations past this time.  If you are concerned that you may not finish in that time frame, you may want to consider an early start.

Can I walk the course?

We welcome walkers and encourage them to take advantage of our 7:00 start time (half) 7:30am start time for the 5 mile runners and 7:45am for the 3 mile walkers.  Please ensure you can finish within the allotted time.  The course closes at 11:00am.  We do not offer a Walkers Division so runners sometimes do a walk/run combo.   AWARDS

What are the age groups and who is eligible?

1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Overall Male & Female ( Half Marathon, 5 Mile and 3 Mile)

Top Master Male & Female (Half Marathon and 5 Mile)

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 (Half Marathon and 5 Mile)


What do runners get?

All runners will receive a short-sleeved technical shirt and half marathoners receive finishers medals. There will be food available at no cost to runners only.

Is there food provided for spectators?

No, sorry we are unable to provide food for spectators.

Are there any other amenities?

At the finish line, runners will have access to massage therapists, food, live music and a cash bar – from our region’s own Great Lakes!


We recommend the finish line located at the Towpath Trail Harvard Ave. Trailhead.


Are headphones permitted?

Yes. Please be mindful of other runners while wearing them, though!

Will there be a bag drop?

Yes. There will be a volunteer at the start are with duct tape and markers. Please write your bib number on the duct tape and stick on your bag.   Bags will be brought to the post party location and placed alongside the building.  We are not responsible for lost/stolen items, but the bags will be watched.

Where and when will the results be posted?

Results will be posted on our website within 24 hours, if not earlier.


Where can I park if I am running or a spectator?

Each of our races begin at different locations, please refer back to your race page to confirm parking.