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Aid Stations
The Trilogy Trail Team (marketing help)

Towpath Marathon Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering as an individual or with a group, please contact Canalway Partners.

We are looking for volunteers for grassroots marketing, aid stations, to set up and break down the race, work at the Towpath Marathon Expo and finish area.

Click here for the volunteer sign up form.


Towpath Marathon Aid Stations

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Ira Road – This water station serves runners as they make the turn-around for the marathon. Volunteers access this Water Station right off of Riverview Road.

From North or South: Riverview Road is accessed from I-77 via the Richfield (exit # 143) Wheatley Road/ (176). After exiting from I-77, drive east on Wheatley Road until it dead-ends on Riverview – turn south (right) and continue past Howe Meadow to Ira Road. Please park on the grass – follow signage.

Hunt Farm – This water station serves runners as they run on the Towpath Trail heading from both directions. Volunteers access this Water Station right off of Bolanz Road. Bolanz Road is just off of Riverview Road.

From North or South: Hunt Farm is accessed from I-77 via the Richfield exit (exit # 143) Wheatley Road/ (176). After exiting from I-77, drive east on Wheatley Road until it dead-ends on Riverview – turn south (right); be prepared to make a quick turn left onto Bolanz Road. Park along Bolanz Road

Oak Hill – This water station serves runners as they run on the Towpath Trail heading in both directions. Volunteers access this Water Station right off of Riverview Road.

From North or South: Riverview Road is accessed from I-77 via the Richfield exit (exit # 143) Wheatley Road/ (176). After exiting from I-77, drive east on Wheatley Road until it dead-ends on Riverview – turn left (north) and drive north towards Peninsula. Water Station is located just off Riverview Road – north of Whealey Road – before the train tracks cross Riverview. Park along Riverview Road (facing north) and follow access dirt path to Towpath Trail. It is located north of “High Water” yellow sign – look for orange arrows.

Valley Picnic – This water station serves runners as they run on the Towpath Trail heading in both directions. Volunteers access this Water Station right off of Riverview Road.

From North or South: Riverview Road is accessed from I-77 via the Richfield exit (exit # 143) Wheatley Road/ (176). After exiting from I-77, drive east on Wheatley Road until it dead-ends on Riverview – turn left (north) and drive north towards Peninsula. Water Station is located just off Riverview Road after the train tracks cross Riverview. Park in parking lot – Valley Picnic. Access to water station is north – walk about 1,000 feet – must follow grass dive – has chain blocking cars – cross RR tracks to trail.

Peninsula – This water station is located off Parking Lot for Lock 29. Park in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park trailhead parking. Set up tables at top of ramp – give clearance for runners – runners will run from both directions here. There is portalet at parking lot.

From the south: take I-77; exit at the Richfield exit (exit # 143) Wheatley Road/ (176). After exiting from I-77, drive east on Wheatley Road 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 Road exit (exit # 147) – head west (left); turn south (right) on Rt. 21; turn left (west) on Rt. 303 – park in the CVNP trailhead parking

Boston Store and MD Garage – There are 2 water station locations. For the start of the race – distribute water to runners on Boston Mills Road from the front of the MD Garage and Trail Mix. Once runners pass, volunteers man water station on Towpath Trail – south of Finish Line. Park at the Boston Mills Ski Resort and walk to Boston Store.

From the south: Exit I-77 onto Rt 21 (exit # 145) – prepare to turn right (east) onto Boston Mills Road – turn left (north) onto Black Road for short trip over bridge before turning right (east) onto Boston Mills Road. Drive down Boston Mills – turn left (north) at RiverView – park at Boston Mills Ski Resort – walk to Boston Store area.
From the north: Exit I-77 onto Miller Road (exit # 147) – turn left (east) onto Miller Road – turn right (south) onto Rt 21 – drive south to Snowville Road – turn left (east) down Snowville to Riverview Road – turn right (south) – park at Boston Mills Ski Resort – walk to Boston Store.

Red Lock – This water station is located off Vaughn Road. Volunteers access Vaughn Road from Riverview Road.

From the south –  take I-77; exit onto Rt 21 (exit # 145). Proceed down Rt. 21 to Snowville Road; turn right (east) and drive to bottom of hill; turn left (north) on Riverview Road; turn right (east) on Vaughn Road. Park along Vaughn Road;
From the north – Take I-77; exit at the Miller Road exit (exit #147) – head west (left); turn south (right) on Rt. 21; turn left on Snowville Road – turn left (north) on Riverview Road; turn right (east) on Vaughn Road. Park along Vaughn Road;

Carriage Trail – This water stop is located between Station Road and Red Lock (Vaughn Road) and must be accessed by the Towpath Trail. Volunteers will drive and park at Red Lock and walk/ride their bike to the Water Station.Driving Directions – see Red Lock.

Station Road Bridge – This water stop is located just beyond the historic Station Road Bridge.

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.

Stanford House – This water station is located between Boston Store and Red Lock. Volunteers access this aid station from Stanford Road by walking on Towpath Trail connector trail– marathon and half marathon runners will interact with water station from both north and south. DO NOT PARK ON STANFORD ROAD AS YOUR CAR WILL BE TOWED.

Directions: From the South: Exit I-77 onto Rt 21 (exit # 145) – prepare to turn right (east) onto Boston Mills Road – turn left (north) onto Black Road for short trip over bridge before turning right (east) onto Boston Mills Road. Drive down Boston Mills – pass Riverview Road and Boston Store – turn left (north) onto Stanford Road – park in lot for Stanford House. Take trail to Towpath Trail – walk north to aid station.
From the North: Exit I-77 onto Rt 21 (exit # 145) – Miller Road (exit # 147) – turn left (east) onto Miller Road – turn right (south) onto Rt 21 – drive south to Boston Mills Road (across from Day’s Inn) – turn left (east) onto Boston Mills Road – turn left (north) onto Black Road for short trip over bridge before turning right (east) onto Boston Mills Road. Drive down Boston Mills – pass Riverview Road and Boston Store – turn left (north) onto Stanford Road – park in lot for Stanford House. Take trail to Towpath Trail – walk north to aid station.

Stumpy Basin – This water station is located south of Boston Store, about 1.5 miles on Towpath Trail. Volunteers walk over the boardwalk and past an old lock to open area where aid station is set up – turnaround cone is located south of aid station area – place cone on trail after marathon runners pass.

Directions: From the south: Exit I-77 onto Rt 21 (exit # 145) – prepare to turn right (east) onto Boston Mills Road – turn left (north) onto Black Road for short trip over bridge before turning right (east) onto Boston Mills Road. Drive down Boston Mills – turn left (north) at RiverView – park at Boston Mills Ski Resort – walk to Boston Store area.
From the North: Exit I-77 onto Miller Road (exit # 147) – turn left (east) onto Miller Road – turn right (south) onto Rt 21 – drive south to Snowville Road – turn left (east) down Snowville to Riverview Road – turn right (south) – park at Boston Mills Ski Resort – walk to Boston Store.

Wallace Lock 33/Southern Marathon Turnaround – Wallace Lock is located alongside of Riverview Road – south of Ira Road/ north of Bath Road. It is the second lock south of Ira Road. Park on the street. Tables/ water / etc. are on site.

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Pinery Narrows – park at Station Road Bridge/ Rt 82 – This water stop is located north of the historic Station Road Bridge – about 1 mile.

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.

Frazee House – park either in lot or on road (Canal Road) – This water stop is the furthest north water station that serves only Half Marathon runners – it is their Turn Around. It includes an energy gel – BOOM.

From North or South: Take I-77; exit onto Pleasant Valley (exit # 153) – EAST. Turn east, past Rt. 21 (Brecksville Road) and as you enter valley – turn right onto Canal Road – head south – Frazzee House is on your left side of road – either park in their lot or on the road. Equipment is located on Towpath Trail.


The Trilogy Trail Team

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Sometimes our day jobs at Canalway Partners, where we work on the development of the Towpath Trail and the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, prevent us from “pounding the pavement” to bring new runners to our race series.

We are looking for some Towpath fans that are willing to help us spread the word about the Towpath Trilogy! This might entail helping distribute postcards, attending fun runs as a Trilogy ambassador or just sharing your experience online. Let us know if you can help or have ideas on how we can share our events with new audiences.

President John F. Kennedy said:  “Success has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.”  This is certainly the case for the Towpath Trail project in Cleveland.  As we continue to push forward on the completion of the Towpath Trail and Canal Basin Park, it is quite evident that success is deeply rooted in the widespread community support for our goals.  We have heard from folks wanting to help.