CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS, Ohio – Over 1,500 runners are expected to hit the Towpath Trail for the Third Annual Towpath Half Marathon & Five Mile race on Sunday April 7, 2013 in the area surrounding Steelyard Commons and Lower Harvard. The race serves as the kick-off event for the Towpath Trilogy – a wellness initiative based on a three-race series: beginning with 1) The Half Marathon & Five Mile run in the April 7th event; 2) The Towpath Ten-Ten, featuring a 10 Miler and 10K on June 16th; and 3) The Towpath Marathon -featuring a Half, 10K and Full Marathon on October 13th.
“The races helps runners build their running skills throughout the year and gives them a Boston Marathon qualifier event in the October Marathon. It also allows us to combine a course where nature meets industry, and takes participants on a running path rich with our culture and history,” said Tim Donovan, Executive Director of Ohio Canal Corridor – one of the Founding Organizations of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.
The fun and festival-like Towpath Half welcomes runners of all abilities and includes after-race refreshments from the Great Lakes Brewing Company, massages, and live music. Participants who sign up for all three races receive a commemorative T-shirt celebrating their Towpath Trilogy participation.
About the Races
The Half Marathon race course includes some of the most scenic areas within the Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, as runners follow the Towpath Trail along the historic Canal and the Cuyahoga River.
The race starts on the driveway for the Cleveland Metroparks reservation just off East 49 Street in Cuyahoga Heights, located south of Grant Avenue. The finish line is located in the Harvard Avenue Towpath Trailhead on that same reservation.
The Five-Mile Run race course also includes some of the most scenic areas within the Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. Runners will assemble at the Harvard/Jennings intersection and begin the race running east on lower Harvard up to the Towpath Trailhead. The course includes an out-and- back design that utilizes the natural loop found below the Kreiger Canalway Center where runners return to the common Finish Line located within the Harvard Avenue trailhead.
More information on the races is available at http://www.towpathtrilogy.net
About the Organizations: The Towpath Marathon is coordinated by the Ohio Canal Corridor, a non-profit organization begun in 1985. The Ohio Canal Corridor is a Founding Organization of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area and is actively involved in the development of the 110-mile Canalway, with particular focus on extending the Towpath Trail to downtown Cleveland. Information on donations and membership in the Ohio Canal Corridor to help develop the path along the Cuyahoga River is available at http://www.ohiocanal.org.
The visitor site for the Ohio & Erie Canalway can be found at www.ohioanderiecanalway.com