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You know what anniversary years mean. Everything has to be bigger and better than the previous years. That's what we're planning — and you're invited to celebrate with us.
One of the fastest marathon courses in the Midwest, annually boasting Boston Qualifying times for 25% 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 at the West edge of campus on Secor Rd. at W. Towerview, circle campus on renovated Dorr St. to Parkside, before heading West into beautiful Ottawa Hills. The course then leads you to the area’s finest Metropark system, on to Sylvania past beautiful Olander Park (home of Sy Mah's commemorative statue), then back into the Metropark toward a reflective stretch down the paved trail to, Rally Row, the big finish, and post-race party in Celebration Village with family and fans.
After you register, invite friends to signup using your personal URL. You can find this link to share in your confirmation email. Receive $20 back once five (5) people use your link. — Valid on in-person marathon, half marathon and 5k registrations.
Signup for our official training program and get ready to go the distance with everyone else. Choose the in-person program if you're in the Northwest Ohio area, or the remote program to train from anywhere.
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 3rd, 2022. 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 for each group. Join hundreds of other runners just like you, and let Dave's Running help get you to the finish line in the best shape and with your best time.
Dave's training programs now offer an alternative to our in-person training, 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, as well as runners from around the country looking for expert training support from Dave's Program Director. 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 coaches and other runners in the program.
If you are looking to complete your first half marathon, we will get you to the finish line with a detailed training program that will 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.
You’ve got some experience with running the half marathon or shorter distances. Maybe you've completed the half before and are just looking to get to the next level. Let us build up your mileage and get you to the full 26.2 miles feeling fit.
If you want to make a run at the granddaddy of all marathons, our experienced staff will put you in the best possible position to hit your Boston Qualifier.
Prior to the start of the training program, you will receive a welcome email regarding the logistics. Best of luck and thanks for allowing Dave's Running Shop the opportunity to prepare you for your next race.
* BACKPACKS WILL BE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 500 REGISTRANTS
8 PACE GROUPS (based on avg. goal pace per mile)
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.
Since 1971, Toledo has hosted one of fastest races in the country. As a top 25 fastest course and historically having 20+ percent of our finishers qualifying for the illustrious Boston Marathon, GCM has grown from one of the longest running marathons in the USA, to an annual favorite for a field of up to 10,000 runners and walkers from all corners of the globe who are looking for a competitive challenge in a hometown atmosphere, with premium perks and a memorable experience at an affordable price.
We're consistently focused on providing a top-notch package to everyone and building great community partnerships with likeminded goals of putting the participants first. More than a thousand volunteers are on location over the three day race weekend, made up of individuals of all ages and backgrounds. We make sure you're supported from the time you arrive at the expo, to the start line, on the course and after the finish line.
Each calendar year your host, the Toledo Roadrunners Club, grants area nonprofits the opportunity to partner with this signature event. This year alone, the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon will benefit multiple local charity partners, and has contributed nearly $800K to area nonprofits since 2009. Create your fundraising campaign when you register and help us continue to bring beneficial resources to others in need.
We've partnered with RoomRoster to secure marathon rates for race weekend at multiple area hotels. Visit the booking portal on our website to reserve your stay in Toledo. We recommend doing this as soon as you register for the race, as the hotels begin to fill quickly once registration opens.
Join us for a buffet pasta dinner in the University of Toledo Student Union on Saturday, April 23rd from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Pay only $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Kids can be added for $5 at the door.
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