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It’s Time for a Glass City Marathon History Lesson!

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The Glass City Marathon is quickly approaching.  Even though it seems as if this winter and all its terrible weather things will never end, the days and weeks do seem to be passing fast.  Before we know it, it’s going to be race day–April 26!  Whether it’s your first, second, or twentieth running of GCM, it’s always cool to know just how far this race has come.

The very first Glass City Marathon was held on the University of Toledo campus back in 1971.  It was held on Father’s Day on the campus for each year until 1981, when it was moved to Side Cut Metropark in the Fall.  In 1983, the race was moved to Downtown Toledo and renamed The Pepsi Challenge Glass City Marathon (that may or may not be quite a mouthful!).  Despite the change in locale, popularity waned and the race disappeared for 6 years.  We will refer to those years as The Dark Ages of Running.

These types of things generally happened in the Dark Ages.  However, I do doubt runners had to  revert to larping to pass their time.

These types of things generally happened in the Dark Ages. However, I do doubt runners had to revert to larping to pass their time.

In 1989, a group of super awesome Toledo Road Runners decided to bring back the marathon.  We shall refer to this age as The Renaissance.  The race was dedicated to Sy Mah (a very influential individual to spur the running boom in NW Ohio) and from 1999 to 2009 the race served as a key race for NW Ohio, as the course remained downtown.

I have found a common theme in most art from the Renaissance.  It's more brightly colored and the majority of people couldn't find their clothes.  Also, my child looks eerily like one of these cherubs.

I have found a common theme in most art from the Renaissance. It’s more brightly colored and the majority of people couldn’t find their clothes. Also, my child looks eerily like one of these cherubs.

In 2010, the Toledo Road Runners decided to move the race back to its origin: The University of Toledo.  The race was given a remodel, with the results speaking for themselves.  Participation has grown by leaps and bounds with each passing year–jumping from 3,200 participants in 2010 to 7,000 in 2014.    2015 looks to be quite similar, as the marathon, marathon relay and the Owens Corning Half Marathon are on pace to sell out!

Hope this little history lesson helps you to appreciate just how far this race has come, its importance to the Toledo Running Community, and how much it means to be a participant!  If you have yet to register, current prices remain until 3/31/15.

$75 for Individual Marathon   (currently 52% full)
$225 for Marathon Relay Team (5 runners)   (currently 55% full)
$65 for Individual Half Marathon  (currently 67% full)
$30 for 5K  (currently 17% full)
$10 for Kid’s Marathon 1/4, 1/2, and 1 miles Races

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One thought on “It’s Time for a Glass City Marathon History Lesson!

  1. Lol. Love your retelling of the history of the race.

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