Towpath Marathon Race Day

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS & VITAL INFO

Race Day
Where to Park & Spectator Locations
Course Descriptions & Maps
Aid Stations
Important Things to Note
Frequently Asked Questions


Towpath Marathon

Featuring marathon, half marathon & 10K race lengths

The conclusion of the Towpath Trilogy

Race Day

Date: Sunday, October 8th 2017, 8:00 am.
Location: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
1556 Boston Mills Road, Penninula, OH 44264 (Google Maps directions)


Where to Park

Marathon length runners are to park at the Boston Mills Ski Resort Parking Lot
7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula, OH (Google Maps directions).

Marathon length walkers are to park at Boston Mills Ski Resort.
7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula (Google Maps directions)

Half Marathon length runners are to park at the Brandywine Ski Resort Parking Lot
1146 W Highland Rd Northfield, OH 44067 (Google Maps directions)

Half-Marathon length walkers are to park at Boston Mills Ski Resort.
7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula (Google Maps directions)

10K length runners are to park at Boston Mills Ski Resort.
7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula (Google Maps directions)

Parking Notes
  1. Runners must be on site, in the parking lot for the race by 7:00 AM as the roads will close.
  2. We have limited parking, please carpool when possible.
  3. Do not park your car on streets near Boston Store- it will be towed. Observe “no parking” signs and extend courtesy to Boston Township residents.
  4. DO NOT enter parking areas if you are dropping someone off. Drop them on the street as you will not be able to exit lot until after 9:00 am.
Shuttle Service
  • The bus shuttle service runs from the Boston Mills parking area to the Brandywine parking lot from 9AM-1PM
  • We do not provide bus shuttle service to the start lines unless you’re staying at a host hotel. Runners are responsible for getting themselves to the start line

Spectator Locations

Station Road (Full and Half-marathon length):

Station Road is the marathon length turnaround. Half-marathon length runners will pass through the area twice.

Park at the Station Road Trailhead (Google Maps directions)

From North or South: Take I-77; exit onto Rt 82 (exit # 149) – east. Turn east, past Rt. 21 and enter Cleveland Metroparks Parkway to Riverview Road. Cross road into Station Road Bridge parking area.

 

Boston Store (All lengths):

Boston Store is the finish line for all three Towpath Marathon race lengths. Marathon length runners will pass through three times.

Park in the Boston Mills Ski Resort parking lot (Google Maps directions).

From the south: Take I-77; exit onto Rt 21 (exit # 145). Prepare to turn right (east) onto Boston Mills Rd. Turn left (north) onto Black Rd. for short trip over bridge; then turn right (east) back onto Boston Mills Rd. Drive down, to Riverview Rd. Turn left and prepare to take a quick left into the Boston Mills Ski Resort Parking Lot.

From the north: Take I-77; exit at the Miller Rd. exit (exit #147) – head east (left); turn south (right) on Rt. 21; turn left on Snowville Road – drive to bottom of hill; turn right (south) on Riverview Road. About a mile and a half on your right, turn right into the Boston Mills Ski Resort parking area.

 

Village of Peninsula, Lock 29 (Marathon length only):

Marathon runners will pass through Lock 29 twice.

Park at the Lock 29 Trailhead (Google Maps directions).

From the south: Take I-77; exit at the Richfield exit (exit # 143) Wheatley Rd./176. After exiting from I-77, drive east on Wheatley Rd. until it dead ends on Riverview. Turn left and drive north towards Peninsula. Turn right onto Rt 303 and park in the CVNP trailhead parking.

From the north: Take I-77; exit at the Miller Rd. exit (exit # 147) – head west (left); turn south (right) on Rt. 21; turn left (west) on Rt. 303 – park in the CVNP trailhead parking


Towpath Marathon Course Descriptions

 

Towpath Marathon, Marathon Course Description

Marathon Runners are to park at the Boston Mills Ski Resort Parking Lot (Google Maps directions). 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.

  • Runners will begin on Riverview Rd. north of the Boston Mills Ski Resort at 8:00 am.
  • Walkers for the full start at 7:00am on mile one. (1) of the Towpath Trail just south of Boston Store. Park at Boston Mills Ski Resort. Wear reflective apparel, bring a water bottle.
  • Run south on Riverview Rd. to Boston Mills Rd.
  • Run east (turn left) on Boston Mills Rd. and enter the Towpath Trail heading South.
  • Run south (turn right) onto the Towpath Trail to the southern turnaround point just past the Ira Rd. and Riverview Rd. Turnaround is located just 50 ft. past the southern turn around water station. It is marked as a turnaround (white sign, black letters). Look for the cone.
  • Turn around and run north on the Trail (you will pass the finish area).
  • Keep running north to the northern turnaround at Station Rd. Bridge.
  • Runners will run counter clockwise around the natural turn around located just south of the station road bridge. Again, follow directional signs (white sign, black letters).
  • Turn around and run South on the Towpath to the FINISH at the Boston Store.
  • The finish line is located off the trail in the parking lot for the Boston Store. Runners will follow the barricade chute bearing right from the trail.
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The Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Marathon course map

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park

CVNP Map

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Marathon Walkers

Please park at Boston Mills Ski Resort. 7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula (Google Maps directions)

  • Walkers begin at 7:00 am.
  • Walkers begin at Mile 1 of the Towpath Marathon Course – south of Boston Store trailhead – accessed from Boston Mills Road.
  • Walkers follow Marathon Course south to a separate Marathon Walker Turnaround cone located ½ mile south of Marathon Runner turnaround.
  • Walkers return north and follow signage for Marathon Runners to northern TurnAround at Station Road.
  • Walkers return south to Finish at Boston Store.

Towpath Marathon, Half-Marathon Length

Towpath Marathon, Half Marathon Course Description

Half Marathon Runners are to park at the Brandywine Ski Resort Parking Lot (Google Maps directions). Half Marathon race course includes mile markers and directional signs for your convenience. Water stations and portalets are identified. Half Marathon signs are yellow with red letters.

  • Half Marathon runners will begin their race by running down the driveway of Brandywine Ski Resort.
  • Runners make a sharp right turn onto the Towpath Trail at Red Lock and run north, past Station Road, past Wilson Mills to a turnaround point marked by signs and an orange cone near Frazee House.
  • Runners retrace their route to the finish at Boston Store.
The Half Marathon Course Map

Click here to download full size PDF

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Towpath Marathon, Half Marathon Walkers

Please note, walkers should park at Boston Mills Ski Resort. 7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula (Google Maps directions).

  • We are providing a separate course for walkers to deliver a safe and less crowded trail.
  • Walkers begin at 7:00 am.
  • Walkers begin at Mile 1 of the Towpath Marathon Course.
  • Walkers follow Mile Markers signs (red sign/ white letters + numbers).
  • Walkers follow Marathon Course south to a separate Half Marathon Walker Turnaround sign located north of Beaver Marsh boardwalk.
  • Walkers return north and follow signage to Finish at Boston Store – bear left into parking area.

Towpath Marathon, 10K Length

Towpath Marathon, 10K Course Description

Please park at Boston Mills Ski Resort. 7100 Riverview Rd. Peninsula (Google Maps directions)

10K race course includes mile markers and directional signs for your convenience. Water stations and portalets are identified. 10K signs are dark blue with white letters.  10K runners will start at 8:00 AM.

  • 10K runners will join the Towpath Marathon runners for a Start on Riverview Road (north of the Boston Mills Ski Resort parking lot).
  • 10 K runners will run south on Riverview, turning left onto Boston Mills Road, over the railroad tracks and the Cuyahoga River before they turn left onto the Towpath heading north.
  • Runners will continue past Red Lock (Vaughn Road) to a signed turn-around location approaching the Carriage Trail.
  • They will proceed running south passing Red Lock again as they make their way to the Finish Line at Boston Store.
Click here to download a .pdf of the 10k Course
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park

CVNP Map

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Towpath Marathon Aid Stations

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Marathon Course

The marathon course will offer 22 stations, in addition to the start and finish lines. This averages one aid station every 1.19 miles. Click below to view a list of aid station mileage and what will be available at each station.

Towpath Marathon
Full Marathon Course Aid Stations

CORE Towpath Marathon Nutrition Plan

CORE Marathon Nutrition Guide

Half Marathon Course

The half marathon course will offer 10 aid stations, in addition to the start and finish lines. This averages one aid station every 1.31 miles. Click below to view a list of aid station mileage and what will be available at each station.

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Half Marathon Course Aid Stations

CORE Towpath Half Marathon Nutrition Plan

CORE Half Marathon Nutrition Guide

10K Course

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

Towpath Marathon, 10K Course Aid Stations


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. For marathon, 10K, and ALL walkers- park at Boston Mills Ski Resort. Half-marathon runners park at Brandywine Ski Resort (Google Maps directions).
Starting and Finishing Locations
  1. Marathon and 10K Starting location: Riverview Rd., just north of Boston Mills Ski Resort. Park at Boston Mills Ski Resort Parking Lot. Race finishes at the Boston Store. Roads close at 7:00AM.
  2. Half Marathon Starting Location: Brandywine Mills Ski Resort. Park at Brandywine Ski Resort Parking Lot. Race finishes at the Boston Store. Roads close at 7:00AM.
Parking Notes
  1. Runners must be on site, in the parking lot for the race by 7:00 AM as the roads will close.
  2. We have limited parking, please carpool when possible.
  3. Do not park your car on streets near Boston Store- it will be towed. Observe “no parking” signs and extend courtesy to Boston Township residents.
  4. DO NOT enter parking areas if you are dropping someone off. Drop them on the street as you will not be able to exit lot until after 9:00 am.
Walkers
  1. We accommodate walkers by providing a safe, off-street course for the Half Marathon and the full Marathon.
  2. Half Marathon Walkers will start with the Marathon Walkers at 7:00 am at the Boston Store.
  3. 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.
  • Runners run in both direction on the trail.
  • Marathon course and aid stations will be open for 6 hours: 8AM-2PM.
Shuttle Service
  • The bus shuttle service runs from the Boston Mills parking area to the Brandywine parking lot from 9AM-1PM.
  • We do not provide bus shuttle service to the start lines unless you’re staying at a host hotel. Runners are responsible for getting themselves to the start line.