On April 14, Canalway kicked off the 2024 Towpath Trilogy race series with the Towpath Half, featuring half marathon & five mile races on the Towpath Trail in Cleveland Metroparks’ Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.

This year, 614 participants ran the half marathon and five-mile courses to support Canalway’s work programming and promoting the Towpath Trail. The weather remained dry and sunny as runners explored the reservation.

Runners took in the beautiful spring weather and views of the historic canal as well as the Cuyahoga River as they completed their races on the Towpath Trail.

The top three half marathon winners by category were:


  • Mitchell Kozik, 1:10:49
  • Bryce Pulley, 1:19:35
  • Jack Burgeson, 1:23:56


  • Natalie Hill, 1:31:34
  • Virginia Sanderson, 1:37:30
  • Jennie Swires, 1:38:25

The top three winners in the five-mile race by category were:


  • Nicholas Murphy, 30:39
  • Jeff Chen, 33:26
  • Jeremy Hejnal, 36:07


  • Michelle Hrehocik, 35:43
  • Olivia Pecic, 38:07
  • Kaileigh Sly, 38:46

Full race results are available here.

View more photos on the Towpath Trilogy Facebook Page.

Participants celebrated at the Towpath Half finish line with bagels from Cleveland Bagel, bananas, Gatorade and water supplied by Cleveland Water as well as free consultations by Bridge Rehab and Performance.

The Towpath Trilogy continues with the Towpath Twilight on June 14, a Friday evening race featuring 10K, 10 mile and 5K courses. The Trilogy concludes at The Towpath Marathon on October 5 on the Towpath Trail out of Canal Basin Park in Downtown Cleveland.

Thank you to all our race sponsors and supporters: Eaton, MetroHealth, Fleet Feet, BASF, Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology and Metabolism, Hermes, The Village of Valley View, Bridge Rehab and Performance, and City of Cleveland Water.

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