The Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run will be held on October 12-13, 2024. Runners will run through 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 their 100 mile PR.
The 8th Annual Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run, will be run on the Towpath Trail as: EITHER (1) our usual out & back course first to the south turnaround at 24 miles and then to the north turnaround at 73.8 miles, starting and finishing in Akron at Missing Falls Brewery in Canal Place; OR (2) a point-to-point race starting in Navarre with a short out & back to Zoar Village and ending at Lake Erie in Cleveland. The final course will depend on permitting of all the jurisdictions that we hope to run through. We plan to seek USATF certification & sanctioning of our 2024 course.
And we're again a Western States Endurance Run qualifier for 2024!
(1) Start and finish at Missing Falls Brewery
540 S Main Street, Akron, Ohio
(2) Start at Craig Pittman Memorial Park in Navarre; Finish at Lake Erie in Cleveland
The latest race guides and policies are accessible here.
The Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run will be held on October 12-13, 2024. Runners will run through existing portions of the exceptionally beautiful Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Akron, Canal Fulton, and possibly, Cleveland, Ohio, depending on permitting. 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.
If you're looking to run 100, but the race is inaccessible to you financially, please contact the race director through the form below. Every year several runners ask that we donate their registration to someone in need. We can fit you in.
Please note that once you register, we DO NOT provide refunds or deferrals. If you would like to transfer your bib, please contact the Race Director prior to October 4, 2024.
Pictures from 2023 are available here: https://www.jvsportsphoto.com/f737714386
Traditionally, 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 Ernie's Bike Shop in Massillon, approximately 27 miles, then returns north. You can obtain aid from the start/finish line area on your way to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Lock 29, Ohio before turning around at approximately 78 miles at Canal Exploration Center to return to Akron, OH. Elevation gain over the entirety of the course is 807 feet.
For 2024, we may have the option to finally conduct a point-to-point race on the Towpath trail (with a very short out & back between Navarre and Zoar Village to start) depending on permitting through the CVNP and Cleveland Metroparks. If this dream become a reality, we will run a bus from Tower City in Cleveland to the start line.
There are aid stations approximately every 4-5.5 miles apart throughout the course that alternate from staffed full aid stations to unstaffed water & gel stations. The full aid stations will be staffed by seasoned ultrarunners and will offer water, electrolyte drink and various food items including hot foods at night.
Sub-24 Hour Finishers are awarded the coveted gold buckle. Finishers between 24 and 30 hours are awarded a silver buckle.
We award trophies to our top 3 overall women and men runners.
We also award trophies to the first male and female in the Masters, Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters Divisions.
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, the Summit Metroparks Foundation, and similar funds in the parks that we run through 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, Tara Schweitzer and Emily Collins; along with the CC100 Race Committee: Kelly Dickerson, Jennifer Duncan, Michelle Duncan, and Joe Vasil are all volunteers and do this for the love of ultrarunning, ultrarunners and the places where 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 miles apart throughout the course. Full aid stations will be staffed by all-star veteran ultra marathon volunteers and will offer water, endurance 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.
'21 Micah Morgan (38) 14:52:00
'18 Connie Gardner (54) 16:40:43
'22 Annie Pentaleri (23) 17:35:30
'21 Pam Smith (47) 17:38:03
'22 Aneta Pavlova (51) 17:51:30
'17 Connie Gardner (53) 17:52:44
'20 Traci Falbo (48)18:44:02
'20 Melissa Surman (41)18:59:02
'22 Jess Mullen (47) 19:21:05
'20 Sarah Moore (32) 20:00:02
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