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Best of the West Marathon & Half Marathon

Sat, September 16, 2023
West Branch State Park Beach
Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

Part of the Ohio Endurance Series – Hikers welcome in the Half Marathon!


We will be celebrating the brand new Buckeye Trail section at West Branch State Park. The Buckeye Trail has recently been designated a State Trail by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and is only the third trail to receive this recognition. This brand new section is the first of more to come!

West Branch State Park is predominantly forested with a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees. The forest is primarily oak-hickory and provides habitats for a diverse array of wildlife, including deer, foxes, raccoons, squirrels, pheasant, and songbirds. The dense canopy provides shade and cool temperatures in the warmer months making it perfect for hiking and running.

Marathoners will make their way around the eastern end of the lake crossing the dam and then continuing to the entrance to the campground before returning back to the beach. Half marathoners will take a shuttle from the beach to their start line (the marathon turn around point).

Please note the trail is not officially open yet and work continues.


The marathon is an out and back. The Half Marathon is a point to point. Half Marathon participants will park at the finish and take a shuttle to the start. The route is relatively flat and contains 790 feet of total ascent (over 13 miles). A perfect course for new and experienced runners and hikers.

Click here to view the Marathon course map
Click here to view the Half Marathon course map

Elevation Profile


Donations benefit the Crooked River Chapter of the Buckeye Trail Association.


  • Best of the West Triblend Tee (unisex)
  • Ohio Endurance Series Lightweight Quarter Zip (unisex) – $10 premium

2023 Best of the West swag options


Awards for each event:

  • Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Top 3 Male and Female in the following 5-year age groups:
    29 & Under, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 & Over


Participate in 4 events to qualify and have a chance to be an Ohio Endurance Athlete of the Year! Qualifiers receive a trading card with your photo and Ohio Endurance Series race stats. Awards will be given for the Top 5 Overall, Top 1 Masters, Top 1 Grand Master.
OES Athletes of the Year trading card


  • Early Registration (through August 16)
    • Marathon – $75
    • Half Marathon – $70*
  • Regular Registration (August 17 – September 5)
    • Marathon – $85
    • Half Marathon – $75*
  • Late Registration (September 6-16)
    • Marathon – $90
    • Half Marathon – $80*

*Includes shuttle to the start


  • Marathon Start Time:
    • 8:00 AM (8 hour cutoff)
  • Half Marathon Start Times:
    • 8:00 AM (8 hour cutoff) – Shuttle departs at 7:15 A.M.
    • 9:00AM (7 hour cutoff) – Shuttle departs at 8:15 A.M.
    • 10:00AM (6 hour cutoff) – Shuttle departs at 9:15 A.M.
    • Everyone is eligible for age group awards. If you are competing for overall, register and then email us asking to be moved to the 8:00 A.M. start.
  • Parking: All participants will park at West Branch State Park Beach, Ravenna, OH 44266. There is no physical address (GPS coordinates are: 41.1369617881758, -81.103947576689).
  • Early Packet Pickup: Friday 12:00-7:00 P.M. at Vertical Runner Hudson
  • Race Day Packet Pickup: 6:00-9:00 A.M.
  • Aid Stations: Aid stations will be fully stocked with water, Tailwind (misc flavors), pop, electrolytes, and a variety of sweet and salty snacks (pickles, chips, cookies). Bean burritos will be served at the finish line. We encourage all participants to carry water.
    • Marathon aid stations are located at miles 3.5, 9, 13.1, 17.2, and 22.7; there are additional water-only stops at miles 4.7 and 21.5.
    • Half marathon aid stations are located at miles 4 and 9.5; there is an additional water-only stop at mile 8.4.
  • Drop Bags: Marathon participants can leave a drop bag at the start that will be accessible at the turnaround. Mark your bag with your name and bib number and bring it to the start of the race.


  • Best of the West Marathon is part of the Ohio Endurance Series, featuring fully supported trail races of varying distance and difficulty in the best parks throughout Ohio.

Ohio Endurance Series

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