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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, October 7, 2018
2017: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Trail
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.35
Course Score: 99.50

Race Size

2017: 309 Finishers
2016: 380 Finishers
2015: 353 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 10%
2016: 11.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The majority of the Towpath Marathon is run on the Towpath Trail which is comprised of a firmly packed, crushed limestone.

Marathon Rankings

The Towpath Marathon was the 191st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 167th largest in 2016.

Last year 10% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Towpath Marathon the 199th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 151st highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.50 ranks it as the 96th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Ohio.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Towpath Marathon a PR Score of 99.35. This PR Score ranks it as the 88th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Ohio.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 734 feet (223m)
Min Elevation: 631 feet (192m)


Recent Towpath Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2016 Towpath Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Cool, beautiful weather on gorgeous trail in national park. Flat as can be. Most of run on crushed limestone path which is easier on the joints. Relatively small and friendly.

Race Tips

If you need a lot of crowd support, this isn't your marathon. Crowd is enthusiastic but sparse.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Park right by the start. 1/4 - 1/2 mile from finish.

review of 2016 Towpath Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is a gorgeous trail for the entirety of the race. However, bring your own food as although there are regular fluid stations, there is only minimal food provided. Also, you go past the finish line and have several more miles which can be disheartening! Overall though a really nice course and a beautiful area.

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Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Towpath Marathon in 4:36:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.