The Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run will be held on October 9-10, 2021. The start and finish is in downtown Akron, Ohio at Canal Place, home to Missing Falls Brewery and R.Shea Brewing. Runners will run on the Towpath Trail in Stark, and Summit and Cuyahoga County. The race will run out and back in both the north and south direction, following a similar course to our first year of the event and the same course as 2020. 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. Above all, we strive to be inclusive and welcoming and work to make our region a better place to live for all. 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.
If the pandemic continues, we will follow the same COVID-19 rules as 2020. With strict safety rules in place and plans to enforce those rules, we believe we can safely hold the Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run just as we did in 2020. As with the race in 2020, if we work together we can keep each other safe.
REFUNDS: We recognize that Governor DeWine’s phased approach to reopening is a dynamic one that may result in stricter measures or even a decision that the event cannot be held. Due to that circumstance, for runners who remain registered after May 3, 2020, or for runners who register on April 30, 2020 or later, if we are unable to hold the event due to a governmental order, revocation or non-issuance of our permits or another issue related to health, safety and welfare of runners, volunteers and members of the public, then we will allow you to either defer your entry to the following year, or request a refund up to July 1, 2021.
PACKET PICKUP & THE STARTING LINE: We'll do a drive-thru packet pickup Wednesday-Friday before the event. Your packet will include a runners mask that we encourage you to carry in your own pack (or around your neck) or share with a crew member for any interactions at aid stations or elsewhere along the course. In your packet, your bib will indicate your start time. Runners will start in 1 minute waves with three runners per minute with the fastest predicted finish times starting first to ensure the least amount of passing on the course. You must wait in your car until 5 minutes before your start time. At 5 minutes before your start time, runners can line up as indicated by taped Xs behind the start line. Masked volunteers will move you toward the start line. If you miss your start time, you must wait to the end of assigned times to start.
AID STATIONS: Limited contact aid stations will include “boxed lunch” style service – call it out from the proper, marked distance and we’ll send you off with your requests. Volunteers may pour hydration (water, electrolyte, soda) into a runner’s bottle, cup or bladder that a runner holds or sets down for filling. Aid station volunteers will be kept to at a max two per shift behind the table, and will be wearing protective gear. Runners and crew must maintain a 6 foot distance from aid station and course marshall volunteers.
RESTROOMS: At the start line and at every aid station, we will have portapotties and handwashing stations devoted to the race. Please use social distancing at the portapotties and handwashing stations. We’ll mark off distances to help you with this since you may be a little mindless.
SOCIAL DISTANCING ON THE COURSE: While this will be addressed in part by the start waves, Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run is run on the Towpath, which is wide enough for social distancing to be practiced. When passing a runner or member of the public on the towpath, runners must use the full width of the Towpath in making a pass. No slipstream running is allowed. Any runners in violation will be reminded by volunteer course marshals and may be disqualified and ejected from the race by the Race Directors. Similarly, if a runner’s crew does not exercise social distancing, the runner will be held responsible and may face a warning, disqualification and/or ejection from the race.
DROP BAGS AND CREW: We will allow drop bags this year, but we also encourage you to bring a crew member to assist you along the course if you have special needs related to nutrition or hydration or aid. We will provide a complete list of nutrition and hydration products in your packet so that you can plan your race.
The objective of this project is to provide a successful, enjoyable, inclusive, safe and profitable race to help raise funding and awareness for trail preservation, access to green space and to promote the Ohio and Erie 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 start/finish line is at Missing Falls Brewery in downtown Akron, OH. The course runs along The Towpath Trail following the Ohio & Erie Canalway. The Towpath is a crushed limestone trail that occasionally yields to asphalt or concrete walkway. The start is in downtown Akron, Ohio and travels south on the Towpath to Navarre, Ohio, approximately 35 miles, then returns north. You can obtain aid from the start/finish line on your way to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park all the way to Peninsula, Ohio before turning around to return to Akron, OH. There are aid stations approximately every 5-7 miles apart throughout the course. The aid stations will be staffed by seasoned ultrarunners and will offer water, electrolyte drink and various food items. First Aid will be available throughout the course from local EMS. The 2021 course map is available here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1cY011nxj-1Hl4MBvPgZ5XbBI7wTAPYjg&usp=sharing
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 Missing Falls Brewery on Friday October 8, 2021 (or we will do a drive thru, if necessary).
Race Starts at 5:00 AM on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Akron, Ohio.
There is a 30 hour time limit.
The finish line is back in Akron, Ohio. The race ends at 12:00pm on Sunday October 10, 2021.
Friday, October 8
10:00am – 7:00pm : Check-in
2:00pm – 6:00pm : Deadline for Drop Bags
Saturday, October 9
STARTING LINE – Akron, Ohio ALL RUNNERS MUST CHECK IN AT START LINE
3:30am – 4:30am: Runner Bag pickup for Late Arrivals
5:00am SHARP: Race Starts in 1 minute intervals according to your assigned start time, if necessary
FINISH LINE – Missing Falls Brewery
Sunday, October 10
7:00am: Missing Falls Opens
12:00pm: Race Closes / Awards
We want your help in making this a fun and rewarding event for the runners as they achieve their goals. This is much more than just handing out peanut butter and jelly. You are an integral part in helping every runner cross the finish line. Our team recognizes that and will provide support in helping you to make that happen.
Local time: 10:25 PM
A pre-race volunteer meeting and post-race potluck will help you to make this experience interactive and rewarding. We want you to build friendships, camaraderie and most importantly have fun!
Volunteering at our race will be a unique experience, as its about highlighting and supporting the amazing local running community. We offer our volunteers some pretty fantastic swag, and you will have stories from the trenches to tell for days!
This race benefits the parks that we are lucky to have in this area. Profits from this event will be donated the Conservancy for the CVNP, Canalway Partners and the Ohio and Erie Canal Coalition, non-profit organizations that oversee and help maintain the trail systems in Northeast Ohio.
If you are interested please follow the link and we will be in contact with you. Shift preferences and assignments will be completed closer to race day.