Half Marathon FAQ’s

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. CLICK HERE FOR PRINT FORM

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 julie@canalwaypartners.com 

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, Strongsville, and Northfield)

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.

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) and 7:30am start time for the 5 mile runners.  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.  

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)



Sorry, but all entries are non-refundable. Once we’ve received and processed your entry, you will not receive a refund, you may not give or sell your race number to other people, and entry fees are not transferable to the next year’s race or any other race.

You are able to transfer your entry to another person for a fee of $10.00. This can be done at any of the packet pickups prior to race day. There will be NO transfers on race day!

Transfer Information

To complete a Transfer, go to your profile on Runsignup and chose either the refund transfer or gift transfer option. Enter in the Transferee’s name and email to send them the transferring registration. Once the transferee completes the registration, the original registrant is removed from the race. 

  • Refund Transfers: Transferee pays the current price of the registration. The original registrant pays a $10 transfer fee
  • Gift Transfer: Transferee’s registration is free. The original registrant pays a $10 transfer fee.

For more information follow: https://runsignup.com/How-To/Transfer-To-Another-Runner

If you call or email about a refund, you will be directed back to this page


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.