Half Marathon Course Maps, Parking, & Info

Half Marathon Course Description

The Half Marathon course includes some of the most scenic areas within the Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. The course interfaces with the historic Canal and the Cuyahoga River- it’s a run through nature and a romp through history.

The race starts on the driveway for the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation off East 49 Street in Cuyahoga Heights. Participants will run down the driveway of the Canal Reservation then turn right onto the Towpath Trail entrance located near the Leonard Krieger Canalway Center.

Runners will cross the pedestrian bridge over the canal then turn right (north) onto the Towpath Trail to the turnaround just south of the Harvard Ave. trailhead. From there runners head back south on the trail, bearing right at the bottom of the hill. Keep heading south on the Towpath Trail, cross the two suspension bridges, continue to turnaround just short of Old Rockside Rd.

Runners return north on the Towpath Trail , over the 2 bridges. Run past main trail entrance (water stop). Turn left onto the Lower Loop trail and finish where the Lower Loop trail meets the Towpath Trail located below Leonard Krieger Canalway Center.

Half Marathon course runners should follow mile markers and directional signs.

5-Mile Run Course Description

The 5-Mile race starts on the entry driveway to the Cleveland Metroparks Canal Reservation – located off East 49th Street in Cuyahoga Heights. This is the same start for the half-marathon. The course includes an out-and-back design that utilizes the natural loop found below the Leonard Krieger Canalway Center.

5-Milers will run down the driveway of the Cleveland Metroparks Canal Reservation before turning right to the Towpath Trail entrance located at Krieger Canalway Center. Runners will cross the pedestrian bridge over the canal and turn right (north) onto the Towpath Trail. A turn-around is located just south of the Harvard Ave. trailhead. From here, runners will run south, bearing right at the bottom of the hill, bearing right onto the Lower Loop trail and finishing where the Lower Loop trail meets the Towpath Trail located below Leonard Krieger Canalway Center.

Runners should follow mile markers and directional signs.

Important Things to Note

  1. Please read descriptions and check out maps on this website.
  2. Visit this website frequently and check the FAQ section and News for questions, concerns and updates.
  3. Please be aware of your starting line and parking sites. 
  4. Volunteers in neon green vests will be directing traffic.
  5. Runners should be on site and ready to run 10 minutes before their assigned race start time.
  6. We will be offering a drop bag option.
  7. We do accommodate Half Marathon walkers by allowing them to use an early start time of 7:00 am. 5 Mile walkers will start at 8:00 am.
  8. The race is run on a 12-foot wide trail. Bear right whenever possible.
  9. Runners run in both directions on portions of the trail.
  10. Half Marathon course and aid stations will be open for 3 hours: 8:00 am-11:00 am. (or 3 hours after last start time).
  11. To ensure a desired shirt size you must sign up by March 24th. We make no guarantees for those who sign up after. We cannot exchange sizes once they’re ordered.
  12. Awards can be picked up at the finish line.
HALF MARATHON

The half-marathon will begin at  8:00 am from the driveway to the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation off of E. 49th St. Runners must be at the start line at 7:30 am. 

5-MILE

The 5-miler will will  begin at 8:10 am from the driveway to the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation off of E. 49th St. Runners must be at the start line at 7:30 am. 

 

Parking

  • Half Marathon/ 5-Miler Runners – Parking instructions are coming soon

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

  • What are the best driving directions to the start of the Half Marathon/5-Miler on Sunday morning?
  • Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/vqesueaL65V2etPj8
    Using freeways – take I-77 to Grant Ave. exit – head west on Grant Ave. Grant dead-ends into E. 49th St. Turn left/south, then turn right into Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. Parking is located in three lots at bottom of hill. Look for signs that say Towpath Race Parking. Portable restrooms and water/Gatorade will be there.