The Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run will be held on October 9-10, 2021. Runners will run through existing portions of the exceptionally beautiful Towpath Trail in Northeast Ohio.
The race is FAST, FLAT, SCENIC and INCLUSIVE suitable for anyone looking to complete their first 100 miler or a seasoned veteran who is going after the 100 miles PR.
The 5th Annual Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run, will be a double out and back course first to the south and then to the north, starting and finishing in Akron at Missing Falls Brewery in Canal Place. We will use a slightly modified USATF certified & sanctioned course as we ran in 2020.
And we're a Western States Endurance Run qualifier for 2022!
Canal Place, Akron
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The Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run will be held on October 9-10 2021. Runners will run through existing portions of the exceptionally beautiful Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Akron, and Canton, Ohio. The race is FAST, FLAT, SCENIC and INCLUSIVE suitable for anyone looking to complete their first 100 miler or a seasoned veteran who is going after a PR. There is a 30 hour time cutoff.
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. A 2021 course map is available here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1cY011nxj-1Hl4MBvPgZ5XbBI7wTAPYjg&usp=sharing
The objective of this project is to provide a successful, enjoyable, safe and inclusive race to help raise funding and awareness for trail preservation 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.
In 2017 our organization had come together to create a new race that will build on the foundation of our unique park system while offering participants a great venue and a great celebration of running in an historic setting. The Board of Directors of Running Forward and Giving Back: Richard Schlenk, Wild Bill Wagner and Tara Schweitzer; along with the CC100 Race Committee: Emily Collins, Jennifer Duncan, Michelle Duncan, Sydney Chinchana and Jim Van Orman are all volunteers and do this for the love of ultrarunning, ultrarunners and the places we run. We pride ourselves on doing what is best for the runners and giving back to the parks and trails.
There are aid stations approximately every 5-7 miles apart throughout the course. The aid station will be staffed by all star veteran ultra marathon volunteers and will offer water, sports drinks and various food items. First Aid will be available throughout the course from local EMS.
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.
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