Portage Lakes Trail Scramble


Just south of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park sits Portage Lake State Park. Beginning at the beach and following the Shoreline Loop trail, you will be gliding through a 10K smooth looped course. The events of the day will be an individual trail run of a Sprint (5K & 10K), Step-Up (20K) or Enduro (30K), while the relay teams will take part in a 40K relay (Team of 3). 

At some point on the trail you may forget you are in the Midwest, even if just for a moment! Escape to Portage Lakes for a great day out on the trails. 

As the trail community is one that bands together, you can either run this event as an individual, or you can run it with friends, in a relay style. The relay will be for any looped event, with more than 2 loops.  

As part of the GRIT Trail Series, this race will accumulate points, based on the division and distance selected. (Points System)

Schedule of Events:

Saturday (9/10/22) 

  • Individual: Sprint (5K & 10K), Step-Up (20K), Enduro (30K)
  • Relay Team: 40K (Team of 3)



Event Format


September 10, 2022

Start Time

Individual & Relay – 8:00 AM start time


Beginning at the beach and following the Shoreline Loop trail, counterclockwise, you will be gliding through a smooth looped 10Kish course. Watch out for that one good hill in the middle! It will get ya! 



5 Hour for ALL events (1:00 PM)

Course access from the Lap pass through at the Start/Finish line will be closed at 11:30 AM.


Spectators welcome, and free




Relays will consist of 1 less participant, than out and backs the signed up for distance is, with a minimum of 3 out and backs.

30K (2 person team)

40K (3 Person team)

50K (4 Person team)

Relay Format: Each participant will run 1 out and back on their own, and then all participants will run the last out and back together.

Course Details

Course Type


Course Length

10Kish loop (Those satellites beaming from outer space to the watch on your wrist or phone in your pocket are only so accurate.)

Interactive Course Preview

***Courses are being finalized and subject to change based on conditions and access***


Aid Station
There will be a single aid station, at the loop begin/end. It will have simple fare, and it is highly encouraged that you to bring your own.

  • Water
  • Electrolyte Supplement
  • Light Snack



Parking will be ON SITE, and you will have access to your vehicle each loop to refuel, resupply and change clothes as necessary.





Event Address
5031 Manchester Rd, Akron, OH 44319

Follow State Park signs to the Portage Lakes Beach

There are accommodations in the Deer Creek Lodge, as well as the Deer Creek Campground. Additional lodging can be found in Mt. Sterling, Ohio.

Cell Coverage
Service is currently good for all known carriers.