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One of the fastest marathon courses in the Midwest, regularly boasting Boston Qualifying times for a third of the field, the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon (GCM) 26.2 mile, one loop course will take you on a tour from the University of Toledo, through historic surrounding suburbs, the award winning Wildwood Metropark and University Parks Trail to a grand finish inside the Glass Bowl Stadium in the heart of campus.
Marathoners, half marathoners and relay teams (leg 1) will all begin together on Bancroft St. near the University of Toledo North Tower. It will circle campus past Ottawa Park before continuing West into beautiful Ottawa Hills. Heading north into the quiet neighborhood of Ottawa Hills, the marathon course leads you to the area’s finest Metroparks system utilizing the University Parks bike Trail and then a tour through Sylvania leads you back to Wildwood Metropark and down the bike trail to a short tour of the UT campus. All runners conclude with the finish on the field inside the Glass Bowl stadium. This course has little elevation changes, smooth paved roads, and annually posts top 25 in the USA race times and a memorable experience for everyone running.
GCM IS THE SPOT FOR THE BEST FIRST EXPERIENCE
Each year GCM also includes a special perks package for all first-time marathoners. If this will be the first time you’ll be running a full marathon (26.2 miles), let us know during registration and we’ll have some special benefits waiting for you on race weekend.
Registered virtual participants can complete this year's race on their own timeline between April 27th and May 4th. Post your results and photos online during this period to be included in the history of the event. You'll receive text and email notifications reminding you when, where and how to submit data online if you enabled notifications during registration. All virtual packets will be shipped as we get closer to race week, and is included in your registration fee.
NOTE: Registrants of the live race wishing to transfer to the virtual option must do so online via their runsignup.com/profile prior to virtual registration closing.
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Dave's Marathon In-Training Program gives you the benefit of personal coaching through a training plan designed to get you ready to race and achieve your goal. The marathon and half marathon program will begin Monday, January 1st, 2024. The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon will be the goal event for all the programs offered. Each program will have different pace groups to meet individual needs and dedicated coaches to help out in each group. Come out and join hundreds of other runners just like you, and let Dave's Running help get you to the finish line.
Dave's Training Programs now offer an alternative to in-person training. This option is for those who may not feel comfortable running with others at this time, or runners who prefer to train on their own, or due to a hectic schedule may not be able to meet on the official training days, or runners from around the country looking for expert training resources. Dave's Remote Training includes our full program online; offering everything that the in-person program does, except for the official in-person group sessions. Dave's Remote Spring MIT Program is powered by the Training Tilt online platform that has a robust online experience to accommodate all of your training needs and allows for interaction with Dave's Training Director and other runners in the program.
If you want to complete your first half marathon, we will get you to the finish line with a detailed training program to gradually build your endurance. It is designed to get you from the start line all the way through 13.1 miles to the finish line.
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Saturday's events include the Savage 5k (a great shakeout run), Nationwide Children's - Toledo Kids Run, and the Tom Falvey Health & Wellness Expo. The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, Owens Corning Half Marathon and the popular 5-person Relay Marathon are Sunday morning's featured events. A detail schedule can be found on our website and will be emailed to all registrants as we get closer to Marathon Month in Toledo.
Additional race information can be found at https://glasscitymarathon.org.
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