Towpath Marathon, October 11, 2020

Featuring Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K Race Lengths

The conclusion of the Towpath Trilogy

Celebrating 29 Years of the Towpath Marathon

The Towpath Marathon

October 11, 2020


Bib Mail-Out: September 27, 2020

Mail and Fax Registration: October 6th, 2020

Please Note Online Registration Deadline: October 9, 2020 9:00 AM

Reminder:  We are unable to offer “day of” race bib pick up.  Please opt to have your bib mailed or you can pick up your race bib at the packet pick-up sites located below.


Canalway Partners has hosted 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.

We were informed this past summer that CVNP would not endorse our permit – citing Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 36, Section 2.50. – offering an assessment that the race would (1) unreasonably interfere with interpretive, visitor services, other program activities or with the administrative activities of the NPS; (2) substantially impair the operations of public use facilities; and (3) result in significant conflict with other existing uses. It is worth noting the Towpath Marathon had received permits for the past 27 years under the same regulations.

Given the above finding, we modified our course layouts so as not to encroach on the CVNP.

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 National Heritage Area in Northeast, Ohio.  The NHA consists of many wonderful assets right here in Ohio, one of the most popular being the Towpath Trail.


Towpath Marathon Art by Tom Yurcich

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.

The Towpath Marathon has been certified as a Boston Marathon qualifier.


  • Those under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature on the entry form.
  • The minimum age for the Towpath Marathon races are:
    • 13 for the 10k race length
    • 14 for the half marathon race length
    • 16 for the full marathon race length

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