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Toledo, OH

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Toledo is the fourth largest city in Ohio and is a major commercial center and port. The city sits on the banks of the Maumee River, which flows into Lake Erie just to the east. There’s an impressive choice of scenic running options in Toledo, from paths along the banks of the Maumee to several longer multi-use trails and a large number of sizeable parks. We must acknowledge Toledo Metroparks for their terrific infrastructure of trails and high quality of maps and other online information.

For waterfront running on the Maumee, there are three options: several miles in central Toledo; south in the town of Maumee; and the Towpath Trail, which runs between Farnsworth Metropark and Providence Metropark. Just west of downtown is a nice run around University of Toledo and Ottawa Park. For nice residential running, explore our historic neighborhoods route, which includes paths around three small parks. Some of the best running in Toledo is in its sizeable metroparks, all of which feature a combination of easier multi-use trails and trail running options: Pearson, Wildwood Preserve, Swan Creek, Secor, and Oak Openings.

For transportation, there’s an OK local bus system called TARTA. But no really good mass transit. Runners should also be aware of Toledo’s climate: summers can be quite hot, while winters are cold and snowy.

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University/Parks Trail

Toledo, OH

Among the best bets for a longer off-road run in Toledo. Paved multi-use path goes for 7 miles between the University of Toledo and Silica, passing savannas, meadows and wetlands. Good connections to Ottawa Park and Wildwood Preserve Metropark.

Toledo has hot summers, with daytime temps averaging in the mid-80s (28C). Runners should be aware! By contrast, winters are cold, with daytime temps just above freezing, and cold nights. The city averages nearly 40 inches of snow. Running surfaces can be snowy and icy. Runners should be aware that when there’s snow, the trails in the Metroparks might be used for nordic skiing.

Dave’s Running is the leading running shop in the Toledo area. Two locations. They’ve been around since 1973!  GROUP RUN calendar.

Toledo Running Club is very active also does group runs. Calendar.

Good running event calendar.

Some of the premier races in Toledo are:

Churchill’s Half Marathon. November.

Glass City Marathon. April.  A fast and sanctioned race!

Great  Black Swamp Festival of Races. March. Choose between 3 different distances, 5K, 15K, or 25K.