The Inaugural Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run will be held on July 7 & 8, 2018. Runners will run through existing portions of the exceptionally beautiful Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland, Akron, and Canton, Ohio. The course is FAST, FLAT, and SCENIC suitable for anyone looking to complete their first 100 miler or a seasoned veteran who is going after the 100 miles PR. Aid stations are staffed by experienced ultra runners in Northeast Ohio who will make sure runners receive proper aid and care. Profits from this event will be donated to the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga National Park, Canalway Partners and the Ohio and Erie Canal Coalition, non-profit organizations that oversee and help maintain the trail systems in Northeast Ohio.
The objective of this project is to provide a successful, enjoyable, safe and profitable race/run to help raise funding and awareness for trail preservation and to promote the Ohio and Eire Canal Corridor. It is the goal of this project to continue support for the CVNP Trails Forever Endowment Fund and also help provide funding to develop and enhance the canal corridor experience for visitors.
The run starts and finishes at Lock 3 in downtown Akron. At 5am the runners start running south to the turnaround at Saint Helena Heritage Park. They then run north back through Lock 3 and continue to the turnaround at the Leonard Krieger Canalway Center in Cuyahoga Heights. The runners then run south to the finish at Lock 3. There are aid stations approximately every 5-7 miles apart throughout the course. The aid station will be staffed by volunteers and will offer water, sports drink and various food items. First Aid will be available throughout the course from local EMS.
A National Heritage Area
The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area — designated by Congress in 1996 — to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow.
Annually, more than 2.5 million Americans find their way to the iconic 81+ mile Towpath Trail running through the heart of the Canalway. The historic Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the nationally designated America’s Byway offer alternate Canalway travel options through the National Heritage Area.
Whether birding, hiking, bicycling or traveling by horseback, trail, rail or Byway — the cultural, historic, recreational and natural resources of the Ohio & Erie Canalway add quite a bit to the quality of life in the counties of Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas in Northeastern Ohio.
Within our borders — stretching 110 miles from Cleveland to New Philadelphia — you’ll find the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the County Park Districts of Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties all working together with communities and organizations to restore, build and replenish the cultural, historical, natural and recreational resources of the region that collectively tell our story.
It’s been a source of economic strength for Ohio as well. Since receiving its National Heritage Area designation in 1996, the Ohio & Erie Canalway has leveraged upwards of $350 million in Federal, State, Local and Private investments throughout the region. Of that total, $85 million in leveraged investments have taken place along the Towpath Trail itself. In many respects, it’s an historic return on the $12 million in National Park Service funding that the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association has been awarded and is distributing through a combination of grants and technical assistance to regional partners.
The collaborative community spirit at the heart of every National Heritage Area remains the hallmark of Ohio & Erie Canalway programs and projects that continue to help Ohio and our nation grow.
Schedule of Events
Packet pickup and check in at Lock 3 Akron on Friday July 6, 2018
Local time: 11:05 PM
Race Starts at 5:00 AM on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Lock 3 in Downtown Akron, Ohio.
There is a 30 hour time limit.
The finish line is Lock 3 in Downtown Akron, Ohio. The race ends at 11:00am on Sunday July 8, 2018.
Friday, July 6
10:00am – 7:00pm : Check-in and Packet Pickup
2:00pm – 6:00pm : Deadline for Drop Bags
Saturday, July 7
STARTING LINE – Lock 3 ALL RUNNERS MUST CHECK IN AT START LINE
3:30am – 4:30am: Runner Bag pickup for Late Arrivals
5:00am SHARP: Race Starts
FINISH LINE – Lock 3
Sunday, July 8
7:00am: Open Brunch Begins
11:00am: Race Closes / Awards