Candy Mountain Half Marathon

June 9th 2018

8:00 am

Join us for a late spring run in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Enjoy the Perkins and Riding Hill Trails (Bills Bad Ass loop) ...when the weather is good! You will climb up and loop around several picturesque ponds and experience the amazing Oak Hill and Plateau Trails. 

Why do we call this Candy Mountain?

1)  Bad Ass Candy 

2)  Vertical Climbs

This event goes to support our free races in the running series.


Everett Road Covered Bride Parking Lot

Race Director

Bill Wagner

The Course


Two out and back loops

The race begins and ends near the Everett Covered Bridge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The runners run up a steep incline up the Oak Hill Trail about 1/2 mile to the Furnace Run Connector, which is before the Environmental Educational Center. DO NOT GO TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER! You will turn left and immediately turn right on Oak Hill Road for about 1/2 mile. At the Oak Hill Trailhead Parking area turn right and continue into the parking area. At the back of the lot you will see the bathroom. Turn left to the Plateau Trail. You will run this trail counterclockwise (right turn) to Sylvan Pond and continue to Meadow Edge Pond. When you reach Meadow Edge Pond you continue on the Plateau Trail down to the Valley Picnic Area where there will be an unmanned water drop. Leaving the Valley Picnic Area, runners will turn around and continue up the Plateau Trail back to the Oak Hill Parking area and run back to the Covered Bridge the way you came. Once returning to the Covered Bridge runners will run one loop on the challenging Perkins and Riding Run Trail (BBA 50K course) and cross back over the Covered Bridge to finish.




This is the only BBA50K Inc.  race that has a sign up fee. The cost of the race offsets other free events hosted by this organization that raise funds for the local communities in need. 



Aid Station

A fully stocked aid station and a second water station will be present. Bring a water bottle. First rate volunteers will support our runners. 


DO NOT PARK AT THE COVERED BRIDGE.  Coordinates listed below.


Tech running Candy Mountain Shirts for all participants and medals for finishers.

Top Performers



'16Chris Riccardi (50)1:46:12

'15Jeff Lynn (47)1:48:28

'17Benjamin Diamond (24)1:48:53

'16Michael Dowdell (40)1:49:08

'16Marco Caponi (28)1:50:52

'15Michael Dowdell (39)1:51:48

'16Ryan Miller (22)1:54:42

'17Kevin Sovacool (26)1:54:51

'15Ward Fremon (43)1:55:12

'16Radu Diaconu (33)1:55:39



'16Kristy Hill (36)1:49:07

'16Margery Wanosik (39)1:54:47

'16Elizabeth Tucci (47)2:03:51

'15Sara Williams (30)2:05:10

'16Julie Sroka (52)2:06:32

'16Kim Good (49)2:08:30

'16Alescia Roberto (30)2:10:38

'15Diane Feckanin (40)2:13:03

'15Kelly Chandler (28)2:15:32

'17Elizabeth Tucci (48)2:15:44


Parking in Church of the Valley

Its just a short 5 minute walk to the Everett Road Covered Bridge Start/Finish. People will direct you.

Bib Pickup in the Church Lot

2241 Everett Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

Running Forward and Giving Back (501c3 non-porfit)


Commitment to Runners

BBA50k INC. is a non-profit corporation that hosts first rate running experiences at low cost or for free: Candy Mountain, Doan Creek Trail Race, and BBA50K.


Commitment to our Parks

Profits from our series have been used to donate to the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga National Park, Canalway Partners and the Ohio and Erie Canal Coalition, non-profit organizations that oversee and help maintain the trail systems in Northeast Ohio


Commitment to our Community

BBA50K Inc has donated its proceeds and led fund raising efforts to support Edna House, Edwin's Restaurant Institute, and Girls with Sole. In 2017 over $9K was raised and given to our community. 

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