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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation, Cleveland. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us.
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

The course follows the asphalt multi-purpose path. The start is located near the entrance to the MTB trails. Start by running south towards the Canalway Center and follow the signs to the Towpath Trail. Once over the bridge, turn right and head north on the towpath. Just past the Overlook sign, turn around and head back south on the Towpath Trail. Turn right onto the Lower Loop Trail on the way back. At the end of the Lower Loop Trail, cross over the towpath, onto the bridge, and return to the start line.


Restrooms are available near the start/finish line and also near the 1 and 2 mile marks of the course. The Ohio and Erie Canalway Center, with additional restrooms and a small cafe, opens at 9:30am on Saturdays.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts near the entrance to the MTB trails.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The East 55, East 79, and East 105 bus routes all have a stop near the intersection of Harvard Ave and East 49th St. From the bus stop, walk south on East 49th to reach the main entrance of the park. A sign for Washington Reservation is north on East 49th. The first intersection you will come to when walking south on East 49th is Grant Ave. Overall, it is about a 1.25 mile walk from the bus stop to the parkrun start line.

Getting there on foot

The park’s main entrance is located on E. 49th St. Follow the multi-purpose trail from the park’s entrance to the start/finish line. It is about a half-mile from the park entrance to the start line. Look for signs directing you to the Canalway Center.

Getting there by road

From I-77, take either the Harvard Ave (closed on I-77 Northbound) or the Grant Ave exit. On the exit ramp, go west to E. 49th St and turn left. On E. 49th St, turn right into the Ohio and Erie Reservation entrance and take the access road to the main parking lot.

In the event of I-77 being closed, take SR-176 to the Dennison Ave/Harvard Ave exit. Take Dennison Ave east to Harvard Ave, right on East 49th St, and right into the Ohio and Erie reservation.

There is plenty of parking available at the Ohio and Erie Reservation main lot. If needed, overflow parking is available by the main entrance of the park at Morgan’s Hollow or Settler’s Bluff areas.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Canalway Center Café - please come and join us!