Course Maps & Info

Towpath Marathon Course Descriptions

Towpath Marathon Course Map and Description

On the Towpath Trail near W. Canal under the 480 Bridge in Valley View runners will have a 7/10 of a mile walk from Cinemark parking lot so please allow time to get to your start line. Roads close at 7:00 am. Runners follow mile marker signs (White signs, black letters). The Marathon course has been USATF Certified (Certification Code OH19001DH).

START: On Towpath Trail under 480 Bridge

  • Start on trail near W. Canal under the 480 Bridge
  • Head north on Towpath trail – stay to right – 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.
  • Continue on Trail towards Harvard Ave. Trailhead
  • Turn Around (A) – (1st time, 4.7M)
  • Head South on 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 suspension bridges
  • Continue on trail toward Old Rockside Rd.
  • Turn Around (B, 10.75M)
  • Head back North towards Harvard Ave. Trailhead
  • Run over two white suspension bridges.
  • Turn Around (A) – (2nd time, 16.5M)
  • Head back 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
  • Turn Around (C, 20.75M) at bottom of hill
  • 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 suspension bridges
  • Continue on trail toward Old Rockside Rd.
  • Turn right to finish at Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Management Center parking lot.
  • FINISH: Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Management Center 

Towpath 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 at 7:00 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 Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Management Center
Half Marathon Course Map

Towpath 10K

Towpath 10K Course Map and Description

Runners will have a 1.5 mile walk from Cinemark parking lot to Bacci Park so please allow time to get to your start line. Roads close at 7:00 am.


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 (pending).

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 7:00am.
  2. Walkers must complete the course by 2 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: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Parking

Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K participants are to park at Cinemark: 6001 Canal Rd, Valley View, OH 44125.

Runners note Canal Rd. by Bacci Park (to 49th) will be closed for the start of the 10K. Cloverleaf and W. Canal Rd. south to Old Rockside Rd. will be closed for the start of the half. Your best bet to Cinemark from the north is Brecksville Rd. to Granger to Canal Rd. to Cinemark. From the south, Rockside Rd. to Canal Rd. to Cinemark. Roads will close at 7 am.

Parking Notes

  1. There is no shuttle service this year.
  2. We have limited parking, please carpool when possible.
Shuttle Service
  • There will be no hotel shuttle service this year.