Towpath Marathon, October 11, 2020

Featuring Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K Race Lengths

The conclusion of the Towpath Trilogy

Celebrating 28 Years of the Towpath Marathon

Runner Perks
Rules & Regulations
Packet Pickup
Race Day Exhibitor & Sponsor Information
Race Day
Parking & Spectator Locations
Course Descriptions & Maps
Frequently Asked Questions

The Towpath Marathon

October 11, 2020

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Bib Mail-Out: September 21, 2020

Mail and Fax Registration: October 5th, 2020

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

Bib Mail Out Deadline for the Towpath Marathon   (10k, Half and Full): September 21, 2020

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 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 have 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 is being determined if it can be a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Runner Perks

All Towpath Marathon Runners receive a performance tee, half-marathon and 10k runner receive a shirt in short-sleeve while those completing the full-marathon receive a long-sleeve version. Those that complete the full-marathon and the half-marathon receive a collectible finisher’s medal. Prizes include photo awards and gift-certificates.



  • 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


Please visit  and familiarize yourself with the race.   Please see schedule of events below.  REMINDER: There is no “day of” packet pick up. 

If you cannot pick up Thursday October 8th from 2:00 pm – 7:00pm at a local Fleet Feet store or attend the weekend packet pick up at Quaker Steak & Lube in Valley View we offer a bib mail out service for a fee of $10.00. 

Bib mail out deadline is 9/21/2020.  Please note a friend can pick up your bib for you.  

Thursday, October 8th

2:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Packet pickup will be held at Fleet Feet stores (Pepper Pike, Strongsville, Westlake & Northfield)

Friday, October 9th

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Packet pickup will be held at Quaker Steak & Lube (outdoor patio-weather dependent) 5935 Canal Rd. Valley View, OH 44125

Saturday, October 10th
11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Packet pickup will be held at Quaker Steak & Lube (outdoor patio-weather dependent) 5935 Canal Rd. Valley View, OH 44125


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.


How can I register?

Register for the race online by selecting REGISTER NOW/TOWPATH MARATHON.

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