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 to help set up and break down at the Expo and on Race Day, as well as man our aid stations on race day, and to be a part of the finish line on Race Day.
Towpath Marathon Aid Stations
Park at the BASF lot at 501 Harvard Ave. Cleveland OH 44105. Walk east on Harvard Ave. trailhead. You will find tables positioned for runners – set them up.
Directions – Take I-77 to Grant Avenue exit – head west go to East 49 Street – turn south (left) and proceed to driveway for Kreiger – look for Sign: Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. Drive to bottom of hill and park – walk down the trail to Towpath – over bridge. Turn right (north) and walk about a mile to the aide station. You will find tables positioned for runners – set them up – prepare for runners coming in both directions.
Directions – Take I-77 to Grant Avenue exit – head west go to East 49 Street – turn south (left) and proceed to driveway for Kreiger – look for Sign: Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. Drive to bottom of hill and park – walk down trail to Towpath – over bridge.
Directions – Take I-77 to Rockside Road exit. Drive east towards Cuyahoga Valley – turn left (north) on Canal Road – drive north past Granger / past Warner Road – keep on Canal Road – follow canal. This site is accessed from Canal Road/ East 49 Street. It is located north of Bacci Park – on the bend of the road – NE Ohio Regional Sewer District plant is located across the street. Nook Industry is located to north – atop hill. A driveway provides access to the Towpath Trail with a small bridge. We will place Towpath Parking sign at entrance – drive in and park – set up tables along Towpath.
Directions – take I-77 to Brecksville Road exit (RT 21) – exit onto Granger Road East (Rt 17) – bear right – immediately get into left lane – turn left (east) onto Warner Road – drive and park at Calla Club (corner of Canal & Warner Road) – walk to Bacci Park which is located about 500 feet north of intersection. Water and Gatorade should be provided for Start of 10K race – in Bacci Parking Lot and at dedicated water stations along trail –walk over bridge (canal) to set up water stop.
Directions – Take I-77 to Rockside Road exit. Drive east towards Cuyahoga Valley – turn left (north) on Canal Road – turn immediately left (west) onto Old Rockside Road – over canal – turn right (north) and follow West Canal Road to park beneath the I-480 Bridge – set up station where tables are positioned.
Aid station will be located on Fosdick Rd. and West Canal Rd. along the Towpath Trail. You will find tables positioned for runners – set them up – prepare for runners coming in both directions.
Old Rockside turnaround
Park at the corner of Old Rockside Rd. and Canal Rd. Walk west to West Canal Rd. You will find tables positioned for runners – set them up.
Directions – take I-77 to Rockside Road – head east – drive to Canal Road – turn left (north) and take first left (west) onto Old Rockside Road – drive short distance and turn right (North) onto West Canal Road – park in E-Check station Lot – rear. Walk down West Canal Road to Soil & Water Parking Lot. There are 2 water stations for start of race – one serving 10 Mile runners heading south on road (Mile 1)/ the other serving returning runners on Towpath Trail (Mile 3). Finish Line is located in parking lot – serves water/ Gatorade / Finisher Medals for 10-milers only. Also gives finishing runners Brunch Tickets.
The Trilogy Trail Team
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.