Grand Lake Marathon

Grand Lake Marathon
The Fastest Course in Ohio!

This article is from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Ready to beat your PR (personal record) on your next half or full marathon?   Well… here’s your opportunity! Don’t miss what has been dubbed the “Fastest Course in Ohio!” … and it’s also a qualifier for the Boston Marathon!

Bring those speedy feet to the Annual Grand Lake Marathon held in September where you will experience an amazing course running along the shores of beautiful Grand Lake St Marys.  Following up on the success of the inaugural event last year, the race will once again offer a 5k, half, full marathon, relay, and a kids marathon. You are invited to escape the concrete jungle and come run in the country! A scenic loop that begins in Celina, Ohio, on the shores of Grand Lake awaits Marathoners with a route that offers beautiful views of the lake, family farms and very rural America. Half Marathon participants will enjoy a run along the northern shores of Grand Lake and a welcoming finish in the historic canal town of St. Marys, Ohio.

The Grand Lake Marathon organizers want to make your race day special by providing incredible race amenities such as great Live music approximately every two miles around the entire 26.2 loop, custom shirt with custom Grand Lake Marathon artwork, custom bib numbers with your name, custom age group awards, a wonderful Race event expo, free download of your favorite race photo, a Free beer from Big Bamboos Dockside Grill located only a few steps away from the Marathon finish in Celina, free 13.1 or 26.2 stickers to all participants, and finally, one awesome lake themed finisher medal! As pictured Seymour the Seagull is also expected to join in the fun.

The Grand Lake Marathon course is flat, fast and USATF certified for Boston qualification. USATF Certificate: OH14003MW. lists Grand Lake as the fastest course in Ohio! So if you are a weekend warrior looking for a 5k in a beautiful setting or a dedicated runner wanting to tackle the full 26.2 mile challenge, sign up today for the Grand Lake Marathon. For more information or to register check out