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Course Description

The marathon and half marathon also include a rail road crossing. We do not expect a train but please be aware and wait for any passing trains. Security will be onsite for additional safety. Mark your time and we will adjust times for any delay caused by a train or emergency marine traffic.

The Towpath Marathon Featuring Full Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k Race lengths. Please note the 2023 Towpath Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10k will start and finish on West St., near the future site of Canal Basin Park in The Flats. The course will follow the Towpath Trail within the Cleveland Metroparks and takes the Full Marathon into the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Towpath Marathon full course is USATF Certified.

*All courses are on paved surface, though the surface in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is crushed limestone

Parking Information

Paid Parking Lots Closest to the Start line

  • Metro Parking - 1468 Columbus Road
  • Tower City Parking - 963 Canal Rd
  • Riverview South Lot -  351 Canal Rd
  • 1801 Robert Lockwood Jr Dr (Cash Only, usually $5 but prices may vary)

Other parking options:

  • Arrive extra early to take advantage of street parking. The Flats has free street parking on most side streets. West Street will be closed for the race. 
  • The Cleveland Metroparks' lot at 1587 Merwin Ave. Paid lot.
  • The Towpath Public Parking lots at 1429 Abbey Ave are free. This is a great option for spectators who can watch runners go by on the trail at Sokolowski's Overlook during the first and last ~2 miles of the races. (1.3 mile walk from start/finish line using the Towpath, Lake Link Trail and Columbus Road.)

Please arrive with plenty of time to find parking and walk to start line. 

Start line address: 989 West Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

All race distances start on West Street between Merwin and Columbus at Canal Basin Park in Cleveland's The Flats neighborhood. The road will be closed for the event.

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