Course Maps & Info

Towpath Marathon Course Descriptions

Towpath Marathon Course Description

Marathon Runners are to park at Ohio & Erie Canalway Visitor’s Center (4524 E. 49th St. Cleveland, OH 44125) lot. The marathon race course includes mile markers and directional signs for your convenience. Water stations and portalets are identified. Marathon signs are white with black letters.

  • Marathon Run starts at 7:00 AM.

START: Driveway of Ohio Erie and Canal Reservation

– Start race on drive by CanalWay Center
– Runners will follow mile marker signs (White signs/black letters)
– Run up driveway to E. 49th Street
– Turn right onto E. 49th St
– Turn right onto the Towpath Trail past Nook Industries Inc.
– Head north on Towpath Trail toward Lower 40 Loop Trail
– Stay to right – along Canal
– Continue on Trail towards Harvard Ave Trailhead
– Turn Around (A) – (1st time, 4.7M)
– Head back south on Towpath Trail – bear right
– Slight right on Lower 40 Loop Trail – along river
– Turn right onto Towpath – run south – along canal
– Continue on Trail – over 2 bridges- These bridges rise to 30 feet above the roadway at each point and include a 7% grade.
– Continue on trail toward Old Rockside Rd
– Turn Around (B, 10.75M)
– Head north towards Harvard Ave. Trailhead
– Turn Around (A) – (2nd time, 16.5M)
– Head south on Trail – bear right
– Slight right on Lower 40 Loop Trail – along river
– Turn Left onto Towpath – run north towards Harvard Ave – along Canal
– Use loop at bottom of hill – Turn Around (C, 20.75M) – run south
– Head south on Trail – Bear right along River
– Slight right on Lower 40 Loop Trail – along river
– Turn Right – on Towpath towards Old Rockside – run south along canal
– Continue on Trail – over 2 bridges- These bridges rise to 30 feet above the roadway at each point and include a 7% grade.
– Continue on trail toward Old Rockside Rd
– Turn right to finish in parking lot.
FINISH: Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works

Marathon Course Map

Marathon Walkers

Please park at Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canalway Reservation. 4524 E 49th St, Cleveland, OH 44125

  • We allow full walkers to start the race at 6:00am and Half walkers to  start by 6:30 AM.
  • Walkers must complete the course by 1 pm.

Towpath Marathon, Half Marathon Course Description

On Cloverleaf Drive in Valley View (North of the intersection of Cloverleaf & West Canal Rd.) runners will have a little less than a mile walk from Cinemark parking lot so please allow time to get to your start line. Roads close shortly after 6:00 am. Runners follow mile marker signs (Yellow signs/red letters)

START: Corner of Cloverleaf Pkwy. & West Canal Rd.

  • Turn right on West Canal Rd.
  • Turn around at Old Rockside Rd. onto Towpath Trail, run north (1.3M)
  • Run over two white suspension bridges. These bridges rise to 30 feet above the roadway at each point and include a 7% grade.
  • Head north on Towpath Trail toward Lower 40 Loop Trail
  • Stay to right – along Canal.
  • Continue on Towpath Trail to Harvard Ave.
  • Turn Around (B, 7.1M) – run south.
  • Bear right at bottom of hill.
  • Slight right on Lower 40 Loop Trail – along river.
  • Turn right onto Towpath Trail – run south along canal.
  • Run over two white suspension bridges. These bridges rise to 30 feet above the roadway at each point and include a 7% grade.
  • Stay on Towpath to finish line in parking lot of Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works
Half Marathon Course Map

Towpath Marathon, 10K Length

Towpath Marathon, 10K Course Description

10K runners are to park at BASF.

START: On Lower Harvard Ave. (bridge over Cuyahoga River).

  • Run east on Harvard Ave., turn right onto Towpath Trail at the Harvard Ave. Towpath Trailhead
  • Follow mile marker sign (blue signs/white letters)
  • Run on Towpath Trail – bear right at bottom of hill
  • Bear right – trail along Cuyahoga River
  • Turn right onto Lower 40 Loop Trail
  • Turn right onto the Towpath Trail – along canal
  • Continue south on Trail – over 2 bridges. These bridges rise to 30 feet above the roadway at each point and include a 7% grade.
  • Continue on Towpath Trail – cross West Canal into finish line (Cuyahoga County – Department of Public Works
10k Course Map

Towpath Marathon Aid Stations

Marathon Course

The marathon course will offer 23 stations, in addition to the start and finish lines. This averages one aid station every 1.1 miles Click below to view a list of aid station mileage and what will be available at each station.

Half Marathon Course

The half marathon course will offer 12 aid stations, in addition to the start and finish lines. This averages one aid station every mile. Click below to view a list of aid station mileage and what will be available at each station.

10K Course

The 10k course will offer 5 aid stations in addition to the start and finish lines.


Important Things to Note

  1. Runners must know their race course. Please read the descriptions and check out maps above.
  2. Runners should visit this website frequently and refer to FAQ section and News for updates.
  3. Racers must know their starting lines and parking sites.
Walkers
  1. We allow full walkers to start the race at 6:00am and Half walkers to  start by 6:30 AM.
  2. Walkers must complete the course by 1 pm.
General
  • The race is run on a 12-foot wide trail.
  • Bear right whenever possible.
  • Be aware of passing fast runners.
  • Faster runners, pass on left.
  • Runners run in both direction on the trail.
  • Marathon course and aid stations will be open for 6 hours: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Parking

Marathon Runners are to park at Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canalway Reservation. 4524 E 49th St, Cleveland, OH 44125

Marathon Walkers are to park at Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canalway Reservation. 4524 E 49th St, Cleveland, OH 44125

Half Marathon Runners are to park at Cinemark: 6001 Canal Rd, Valley View, OH 44125.

Half-Marathon Walkers are to park at Quaker Steak & Lube in Valley View and Cinemark 6001 Canal Rd, Valley View, OH 44125. 

10K Runners are to park in BASF lot near start line.

Parking Notes
  1. Runners must be on site, in the parking lot for the race by 6:00 AM. Roads will close promptly at 6:30 AM.
  2. We have limited parking, please carpool when possible.
Shuttle Service
  • The bus shuttle service runs from 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Runners are responsible for getting themselves to the start line.

Spectator Locations

Finish Line – located on West Canal Road. Park at Cinemark and cross street. Be mindful of runners on Towpath between 7 am – 8:00 am  Please do not stand on Towpath Trail for beginning of the race.

Between the White Bridges that cross over Warner Road. Near Bacci Park Below Kreiger Canalway Center – Take I-77 to Grant Ave.. Head west on Grant Ave. Turn left on E. 49th. Go approx. 1/2 mile and turn right into the Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. From the parking lot, walk down the hill to the trail.