Go out and RUN! June 1 - August 31
Summit Metro Parks

Summit Metro Parks is an official training partner of the Akron Marathon Race Series.

Akron Marathon

About The Running Spree

To Participate
  1. Sign up below
  2. Download your participant form
  3. Complete at least six runs on designated trails (but only one Runner's Choice) between June 1 and August 31 — on six different trails, the same trail or any combination of trails — to receive a reward.
  4. Update your form as you run your chosen trails
  5. When you've completed a minimum of six trails, drop off the form to receive your reward (See form for locations)

Additional forms available at Acme Fresh Market stores.
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Running Spree Trails

Bike & Hike Trail

Brandywine Falls 8.6 miles – Download Trail Map 8176 Brandywine Rd., Sagamore Hills 44067

Run the Bike & Hike Trail from the Brandywine Falls Trailhead in Sagamore Hills to SR 303 and back for spree credit.

*Please note: The 10-mile roundtrip section of the Bike & Hike Trail from Silver Springs Campground to Route 303 is not on the Running Spree this year.

Bike and Hike Trail

Firestone Metro Park

Willow Trail 1.6 miles – Download Trail Map 2620 Harrington Rd., Akron 44319

Run Willow Trail for spree credit. The trail passes the Tuscarawas Race, Tuscarawas River and Little Turtle Pond.

*This trail is a natural-surface path. Runners should be aware of roots, stones and other natural features.

Firestone Metro Park

Furnace Run Metro Park

Rock Creek Trail 1.3 miles – Download Trail Map 4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield 44286

Run the picturesque Rock Creek Trail for spree credit. This basic trail takes you through beautiful beech-maple woods.

*This trail is a natural-surface path. Runners should be aware of roots, stones and other natural features.

Furnace Run Metro Park

Cascade Valley Metro Park

Chuckery & Highbridge Trails 5.6 miles
Download Chuckery Area Map
Download Gorge Metro Park Map
837 Cuyahoga St., Akron 44313

Starting at Cascade Valley Metro Park, earn spree credit by running Chuckery to Highbridge in Gorge Metro Park. After running Highbridge Trail, return back on Chuckery Trail, where you'll catch a glimpse of the Indian Signal Tree.

*This trail is a natural-surface path. Runners should be aware of roots, stones and other natural features.

Download Chuckery Area Map

Liberty Park

Coyote Run Trail (x3) 3.6 miles – Download Trail Map 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg 44087

This paved loop trail utilizes an existing neighborhood connector trail and a service drive which takes you around the field habitats of Liberty Park. Keep an eye out for red-tailed hawks and other predatory birds perched in the tree rows looking for their next meal.

Liberty Park

Munroe Falls Metro Park

Meadow Trail (x2) 4 miles – Download Trail Map 1088 North Ave., Tallmadge 44278

Starting at the Tallmadge Meadows Area, Meadow Trail passes by a cemetery and travels through woods, a shrub thicket, wetland woods and its namesake meadow. Several boardwalks help runners traverse the wet areas. Run two laps for spree credit.

*This trail is a natural-surface path. Runners should be aware of roots, stones and other natural features.

Munroe Falls Metro Park

Sand Run Metro Park

Jogging Trail 6 miles – Download Trail Map 1300 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron 44313

The Parkway Jogging Trail is the most popular in the park district, averaging more than 1,000 users a day, year-round. Run the Jogging Trail roundtrip for spree credit.

Jogging Trail (x2) 12 miles – Download Trail Map 1300 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron 44313

Run roundtrip on the Jogging Trail twice for spree credit.

Sand Run Metro Park

Silver Creek Metro Park

Pheasant Run Trail (x3) 3.6 miles – Download Trail Map 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton 44203

Pheasant Run Trail winds through fields, woods and around small ponds. Run three laps for spree credit.

*This trail is a natural-surface path. Runners should be aware of roots, stones and other natural features.

Chippewa Trail (x2) 4 miles – Download Trail Map 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton 44203

Along Chippewa Trail, mature trees have grown from thousands of seedlings planted decades ago by Girl Scout troops. Run two laps for spree credit.

*This trail is a natural-surface path. Runners should be aware of roots, stones and other natural features.

Silver Creek Metro Park

Springfield Bog Metro Park

Prairie Trail (x2) 3.2 miles – Download Trail Map 1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp. 44312

The easy Prairie Trail leads runners through a flowering meadow and a birding hotspot. Run two laps for spree credit.

*This trail is a natural-surface path. Runners should be aware of roots, stones and other natural features.

Springfield Bog Metro Park

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Memorial Parkway to Big Bend 4 miles – Download Trail Map 499 Memorial Pkwy., Akron 44310

Run the Towpath Trail from Memorial Parkway to Big Bend and back for spree credit.

Memorial Parkway to Botzum 11 miles – Download Trail Map 499 Memorial Pkwy., Akron 44310

Run the Towpath Trail from Memorial Parkway north to Botzum and back for spree credit.

Clinton to Barberton 15.6 miles – Download Trail Map 2749 North St., Clinton 44216

Run the Towpath Trail from Clinton to Barberton and back for spree credit.

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Runner's Choice

Any Metro Parks Trail

Run any Summit Metro Parks trail to earn spree credit. Only one Runner's Choice trail run will count.

Get Rewarded

Complete at least six runs on designated trails (but only one Runner's Choice) between June 1 and August 31 – on six different trails, the same trail or any combination of trails – to receive a reward.

Bring your completed form to one of these locations:

Administrative Offices
975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron 44313
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron 44313
Noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday

Liberty Park Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg 44087
Noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

Rewards will not be mailed. Forms cannot be redeemed after October 15, 2017.

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Trail Running Tips

New to trail running? Here are some tips to consider before you start:

Safety First!

Run with someone else, or tell someone where you will be and let them know when you clear the trail. Also, bring along your cell phone.

Bring Water

This is especially important in summer when temperatures are high.

Choose a Trail That Matches Your Running Level

Look at the total distance and elevation when picking a trail. If you're a beginner, pick an easier trail and then move to more advanced trails in time.

Expect Slower Times

Be mindful that trails mean twists, turns, unstable footing and changing elevation. Expect that your pace will be slower than what you usually run on the road or a jogging track.

Focus on the Trail

The terrain can be uneven and can include rocks, sticks and seeds from trees. You should be looking about 4 to 5 feet in front of you to make adjustments and avoid trail hazards.

Don't Begin a Run too Close to Dusk

You want to make sure you can clear the trail in daylight. If you run in the dark, bring a headlamp.

Consider Investing in Trail Running Shoes

They are specially designed to absorb and handle rough terrain.

Know the Rules

Know the park rules and follow proper trail etiquette.

Sign Up Today!

Please fill out the short form below to sign up for this event. You'll then be directed to download our participant form to use for your spree reward.

We do not share your information with any third parties.

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