Doan Creek Trail Race

50 Miles, 50K, 25K - October 5th, 2019



Doan Creek Trail Race is the first and only ultra TRAIL racing event that takes place in the City of Cleveland. The course is nestled between suburban and city streets in an inspiring gorge that contains much natural beauty 

DCTR is arguably the HARDEST 50 Miler, 50K, or 25K in all of Ohio

This event fills quickly! 

Scroll for important registration information. Those interested in the FUN RUN and/or WAIT LIST must register through this website.

Once an event distance fills you will only have the option of transfer into that distance category's WAIT LIST. 

This is a Free Race


There are strings attached. The event will provide a first rate running experience for its participants but they MUST give back to our community in need by doing two or more of the following. 

1) DOANate to Edwins Butcher Shop 

2) DOANate to Doan Brook Watershed Partnership 

3) DOANate time and effort to our Environmental Clean Up Program

Links for DOANations will open once permits go through. Participants will be notified by email when that occurs.


This event is about the community first and you second!!

RFGB is encouraging you to DOANate more than you would for a typical race entrance fee. Our friendly Co RD will visit anyone who completely stiffs the event. 

Hardship situations will be considered on an individual basis. Contact us below in advance of registration. 

Also be aware that if the trails are not fit on the day of the event due to weather conditions we may cancel 

Race Director

Richard Schlenk

Co Race Director

Pennywise the Clown

Registration Information !!!!!!!!!!!!!

About Doan Creek Trail Race


Hidden Trail Gem

This is a very special and unique urban trail running experience in a forgotten and mysterious area known to very few NE Ohio residents. There are no known published maps of this trail system.  It starts around the Lower Shaker Lake and once it crosses west past Coventry Road descends into the gorge of Doan Creek (Brook). The course undulates in a narrow corridor between several busy suburban streets but once within the gorge you will be overwhelmed with a sense of being transported to a remote location. Urban ruins mixed with the natural raw beauty of the Doan Creek set this apart from other local trail events. The geological history of the gorge traces back thousands of years. This is where the some of the earliest Cleveland settlers dwelt in the 1800s. 


Course Features

Mostly single track and gnarly punishing trail
Several road crossings
​Rolling hills 
1600 ft of elevation change per loop:

3200 for 25k, 6400 for 50k, 9600 for 50M
Immense natural sandstone walls
Narrow ledges and steep drop offs 
Cascading waterfalls
Car wreckage
Flood retention concrete graffiti dam
​Post apocalyptic ruins 
Urban art work 

​Abundant wild life 


Scary Clowns !!!!!!!!!


Choose Your Distance Carefully

Semi-Accurate Descriptors:
50 Miler (Self Deprocating. Diabolitically Vexatious. Utterly FUGLY. Catagorically Moronic)

50K (Crushing. Menacing. Bruising. Hardcore)
25K (Formidable. Arduous. Painful. Respectable)
Fun Loop (Sensible. Intelligent. Injured. Old)

Course Map


8"ish"mile loop repeats

Most zig zag course anywhere

Over 2000 markers!

Fully Stacked Aid Station 

Lots of good food for your soul

Separate Water Station at the far end

Drop bags allowed at start finish

2019 Charity GOAL IS 10K


Edwins Butcher Shop

EDWINS gives formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary their long-term success. EDWINS' mission three-fold: is to teach a skilled and in-demand trade in the culinary arts, empower willing minds through passion for the hospitality industry, and prepare students for a successful transition home. 

Men and women going through the restaurant training program will cycle through the shop so they have a hyper focus on butchering. They will learn meat cutting from breaking down whole sides to the finer art of making chops, as well as smoking meats, charcuterie, and other skills valuable to restaurants.

“EDWINS Butcher Shop is the next step in an overall plan to solve the problem of re-entry through food. It is also part of our broader vision. For far too long, an entire system within U.S. society, from banks to prisons to city courts, has benefited from exploiting the poverty and powerlessness of inner-city residents, including people exiting prison.”

“Unfair pricing, lack of healthy food options and economic oppression have gone unchecked in our poorest neighborhoods for decades, the butcher shop is another piece in our overall plan to combat these issues.”

2018 Charity - 7K


Girls with Sole

Girls With Sole is the only local organization providing free fitness and wellness programs, running shoes and fitness journals to girls ages 9-18 who have experienced abuse of any kind, or who are at-risk. Your support enables GWS to directly impact the lives of girls in our community who need our programs in order to gain empowerment, self-esteem and a sense of belonging, as well as, fitness and fun! 


Doan Brook Watershed Partnership

Doan Brook (Creek) is a very important local ecological watershed. The Doan Brook runs through Shaker Hts from Horseshoe Lake receiving tributaries from Southerly Park to meet the Lower Lake. From there it decends through the gorge then dives underground for over a mile until it emerges once again in Rockefeller Park and finally enters Lake Erie.
DBWP focuses on restoring ecosystem services within the Doan Brook watershed to further local sustainability goals. 

2017 Charity $7K


EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute

EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant was founded in 2007 with the belief that every human being, regardless of their past, has a right to a fair and equal future. In 2011, EDWINS started teaching in Grafton Correctional Institution. Shortly thereafter, EDWINS opened the restaurant on Nov. 1, 2013.

Students are not only equipped with basic culinary skills, but are also assisted with finding employment, and have the opportunity to utilize free housing, legal services, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching, literacy programs and more.

In 2016, the EDWINS Second Chance Life Skills Center opened, a 20,000 square foot campus for living, working and recreational enrichment.

Today, between its prison program and restaurant and institute at Shaker Square, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute graduates nearly 100 students a year.  After finishing the program or after release from prison, EDWINS graduates have gained employment in Cleveland’s finest restaurants.

EDWINS results have been astounding: at least 95% employment after graduation and 1.4% recidivism for our graduates.

Clean UP efforts

Clean Up Efforts of our City Trails


Doan Creek runners and families collect litter from the Doan Brook Watershed helping with the environment and improving their community

75 bags of trash removed in 2017 and 175 bags of trash removed from the Doan Watershed in 2018


Two Clean Up Dates for 2019


Sept 7th and 14th

50K Top Performers



'18 Paul Ryland (26)  4:44:27

'17 Paul Ryland (25)  4:44:49

'17 Mark Bain (41)  5:01:48

'18 Mark Bain (42)  5:20:20

'16 Mark Bain (40)  5:21:00

'17 Christopher Koch (36)  5:53:41

'16 Christopher Koch (34)  6:05:00

'17 Andrew Bain (39)  6:14:29

'16 George Themelis (57)  6:19:00

'16 Avery Labelle (29)  6:21:00



'17 Emily Collins (38)  6:16:26

'17 Crystal Shinosky (46)  6:37:21

'16 Leah Johansen (37)  6:39:00

'18 Crystal Shinosky (47)  6:50:00

'18 Stephanie Skrzysowski (43)  6:50:00

'17 Vanessa Kline (36)  7:17:59

'18 Helena Bratko (48)  7:19:10

'18 Jennifer Duncan (39)  7:48:38

'17 Laura Taucher (38)   7:50:24

'16 Stacie Humm (40)  8:04:0

25K Top Performers



'16 Dan Mesh (52)  2:21:00

'16 Larry Tafe (51)  2:25:00

'17 Dan Mesh (53)  2:31:57

'18 Larry Tafe (52)  2:36:08

'17 Kevin Skilskyj (39)  2:37:02

'18 Steve Mcgowan (51)  2:37:30

'18 Dan Mesh (54)  2:39:57

'17 Bryan Prack (39)  2:50:34

'17 Bob Daily (58)  2:51:45

'17 Michael Schaefer (45) 2:53:00



'17 Amanda Debevc (39)  2:53:30

'18 Carina Reimers (50)  2:59:30

'17 Carina Reimers (49)  3:00:54

'17 Molly Elmer-Dewitt (29)  3:01:57

'17 Anja Jankowsky (47)  3:10:32

'17 Sarah Saefkow (29)  3:16:00

'16 Christina Wright (31)  3:22:00

'18 Abigail Silverman (39)  3:41:15

'18 Jody Trostler (50)  3:41:16

'16 Carole Krus (48)  3:43:00

Doan Creek Review summary of the event

Start/Finish Location

Lower Shaker Lake

Brook Road, Shaker Hts, OH 44120


Parking is Very Limited!


In order to avoid crowding the street around the Lower Shaker Lake and to respect our locals kindly park in the streets designated by your distance. 

Each side street is a short walk to the Start/Finish.

Friends and family and volunteers can choose any of the side streets. 

Please if you can carpool!!

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