Grand Lake Marathon

Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K

Event Date

Sat, Sep 26, 2015


Celina, OH


Activity Today Later

Running-Marathon - Individual Age group/open

$60 $80 Closed

Running-Half marathon - Individual-Half Marathon

$50 $60 Closed

Running-5K - Individual Age group/open

$20 $20 Closed

About This Activity

Escape the concrete jungle and come run in the country.

A scenic loop on the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys awaits you for the Marathon, along with beautiful views of the lake, family farms and rural  America. Half Marathon participants will enjoy a tour of The Northshore of Grand Lake St.Marys and a finish in St. Marys, historic canal town.

Our course is flat, fast and USATF certified for Boston qualification. USATF Certificate: OH14003MW

Event details and schedule

USATF Certificate: This event can be used as a Boston Marathon qualifier. The USATF certificate ID# is OH14003MW. Our 2014 results have been submitted to and accepted by the Boston Athletic Club. In 2014 15% of participants met Boston Marathon qualifying standards.

Participation Limits: This event has a 1,000 runner limit. Register early for discounted entry fees and best shirt selection.

Expo, Late Registration and Pick-up: Friday, September 25th at Mercer County Fairgrounds: 1001 W Market St, Celina, OH 45822, Noon - 7 PM

No packets or registration will be available on race day. Plan ahead. You MUST have a photo ID to pick up your packet! If someone is picking up your packet, they must a copy of your ID and this form. Bib Ship Option:If you are unable to pick up(or have someone else pick up) your packet during the set times, this is another option. Cost is $20. This option will end on September 1, to allow time for shirt/bib/packet production and shipping. Packets will be shipped on September 14.

Event Start time: Full and Half marathon 7:30 am in Celina.

Directions to Lakeshore Park race site: From Cincinnati, OH   From Toledo, OH  From Columbus, OH  From Indianapolis IN, Ft. Wayne IN

Parking: VERY limited parking is available at Lakehore Park. Signs will direct you where to park at Lakeshore Park.  Please do not park in any restricted area. Please do not park Downtown Celina YOU WILL BE TOWED. Please be respectful of municipal lots that are provided to service local business traffic. MAIN AND SUGGESTED PARKING: Ample parking is available at The Mercer County Fairgrounds 1001 W Market Street, Celina. Shuttle busses will take runners and spectators to the race site (1/2 mile)


Shuttle service:Shuttle service will take runners back to the finish line celebration in Celina or to the fairgrounds parking at the participants discretion

Costs:  Online registration is open. Cost is tiered based on date registered. $$60/$70/$80

Event Shirts: There is a choice between a regular cut and a woman's cut for those registered in Full or the Half Marathon.  You will be given the cut and size ordered.  Late registrations may get a shirt based on availability.  Exchanges may be available after the race.

Gear Check: gear check will be located at tent near Start/Finish
Items left at Start/Finish after the finish will be donated to C.A.L.L. clothing bank in Celina.

The Course (Map)Flat and fast using city streets, state routes and county roads on the shores of Grand Lake. Course is USATF certified.  Miles will be marked and half distance splits will be provided.  Aid stations will be available approximately every 2 miles. Port a Johns at every other aid station.Aid stations along the course serve water and other performance fuels.

Important Course Information: Participants must reach the turn off into Grand Lake State Park at 7.5 miles by 9:30 (16:30 pace). A follow vehicle will be on course after the park that will maintain a 16min/mile pace for the remainder of the event. Participants who fall outside of that pace will be asked to take a sag vehicle to the start/finish area. All aid stations will close in succession with this time plan. The course will be open until 2:00PM  (6.5 hours Full, 3.5 Hours Half way point).

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