BBA50K, Inc., with Run To Share, will present the Inaugural Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run on July 7 & 8, 2018. The Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run will be held on existing portions of the Towpath Trail in Cleveland, Akron and Canton, Ohio. An expected field of 150 runners is anticipated. Profits from this event will be donated to the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga National Park, Canalway Partners and the Ohio and Erie Canal Coalition, non-profit organizations that oversee and help maintain the Towpath Trail systems in Northeast Ohio.
One hundred miles. The distance no longer terrorizes. Could 100 miles be the new marathon? “So many have proven they can finish a marathon,” says Greg McMillan, of McMillan Running coaching services. “Now, they want the next challenge. It’s a natural evolution.”
Statistics indicate McMillan is right: 100–mile finishes in the United States have increased from 1,378 to 7,029 since 2003. In 2014, the number grew by 17 percent.
100 mile trail races will not threaten the marathon anytime soon; last year, the New York City Marathon had 50,530 finishers. But statistics show a comparable stage of the race’s development: During the early running–boom year of 1976, an estimated 25,000 people finished U.S. marathons. Last year, 34,180 Americans finished ultra distance races. Worldwide, the number was 208,181.
The Inaugural Canal Corridor 100 Mile Endurance Run builds on this new worldwide trend and offers a new 100 mile challenge on the relatively flat Towpath trail. Perhaps excellent for beginners or for those who are looking to set a new personal best, the only major variable is the weather. Northeast Ohio weather in July can be hot and humid, with average temperatures from 85-93 degrees and 80% humidity.