Frequently Asked Questions About Our Races

How can I register?

Register for the race online by selecting REGISTER NOW/TOWPATH MARATHON or feel free to print out the mail-in registration 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 at the expo, if spaces are available.


Where and when can I pick up my packet?

You have the option of picking up packets, or with a $10 fee, you are able to have your packet mailed to you.

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.

Info on packet pick-up for the Towpath Marathon is at https://towpathtrilogy.com/marathon/#packet


Is the course flat?

The course is relatively flat. The start of the marathon and 10k courses go uphill for appx. 1/2 mile and there are 7% grades at the two white suspension bridges.

What is the surface?

The Towpath Marathon, half, and 10k are run on the paved, asphalt Towpath Trail inside Cleveland Metroparks.

Is the course a Boston Marathon Qualifier?

Yes, the Towpath Marathon has been certified as a Boston Marathon Qualifier. The certification code is OH19035MW

Will any roads be closed?

Yes, each race is different please refer to the appropriate race page.  Generally, the roads close an hour before the start of each race.

Is every mile marked along the course?

Yes, we have several race divisions.  Please see below for your course markers:

The Towpath Marathon is marked with black and white signage and the Towpath Half Marathon is marked with yellow signs and red letters. The 10k is marked with blue signs and white letters.

How long is the course open?

The course will be supported with aid stations for 6 hours, from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  We cannot guarantee road closures or staffed aid stations past this time. This means that runners finishing the race in over 6 hours (or running slower than 13-minute mile) will not have support for the time over 6 hours (or past 1:00 PM).  If you are concerned that you may not finish within 6 hours, you may want to consider an early start.  See question below.

Can I walk the course?  Can I start early?

We welcome walkers and encourage them to take advantage of our 6:00 AM start time for full runners and 6:30am start time for the half  to ensure that they finish within the allotted time.  We do not offer a walker’s division for the 10K and find that runners tend to do a walk/run combo if they desire.

Walkers for the half will start at 6:30 AM and have a separate start lines. Walkers for the full will start at 6:00am with a separate start line.  All walkers and runners will finish at the same finish line.  Be careful as it will be dark walking to your start line and we recommend bringing water as your first early morning water stop may not be set up yet.


What are the age groups and who is eligible?

1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Overall Male & Female (10k, Marathon and Half Marathon)

Top Master Male & Female (10k, Marathon and Half Marathon)

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 (10k, Marathon and Half Marathon)


What do runners get?

All marathoners will receive a long-sleeved technical shirt and half marathoners and 10K runners will receive a short-sleeved technical shirt. Full and half marathoners receive finishers medals. There will be food available at no cost to runners only.

Is there food provided for spectators?

Food and beverages are available for purchase for spectators at Quaker Steak & Lube near the finish line.

Are there any other amenities?

Marathoners will have access to massage therapists, food, live music and a cash beer garden – from our region’s own Great Lakes Brewing Co.!


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 lines with duct tape and a marker.  Please write your bib number on the duct tape and place on your bag.  The bags will be placed near the finish area.  We are not responsible for lost/stolen items, but the bags will be watched.  Changing tents will also be available.

Where and when will the results be posted?

Results will be posted on our website within 24 hours, if not earlier.

Can I run with my dog?


Can I run with a baby stroller or racing wheelchair?

No, the Towpath Trail can vary in size from 8 to 10 feet wide and with runners racing in both directions in separate race divisions, we do not allow jogging strollers or racing wheelchairs out of concerns for safety.

Where can I park if I am running or a spectator?


Information on parking can be found at https://towpathtrilogy.com/marathon/marathon-race-day/#parking

Shuttle Service
  • The bus shuttle service runs from the finish line and will bring runners back to their parking spots (10k BASF, half Cinemark, full Ohio & Erie Canalway Reservation) 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.

Towpath Marathon Merchandise

Show off your Towpath Marathon vibe by purchasing a soft shell jacket, eco zip hoodie, knit cap, or hat!