Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
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This beloved event benefits environmental education and promotes health and wellness while celebrating the Shaker Parklands. Partial proceeds also support the Jenny Goldman Memorial Nature Outreach Fund, which underwrites our Environmental Educator in Residence program that provides environmental education for hundreds of Cleveland school children each year.

Early bird registration fee before August 31 at midnight is $25 for hikes, 1 mile and 5K and $30 for 10K. Prices increase Sept 1-16 to $30 & $35. Day of registration pricing $35 & $40.
Nature Center members receive $5 off registration.

Packet pick-up: Friday, September 14 3pm-6pm and Saturday, September 16 12pm-3pm at the Wine Spot.

Race Day Parking: S. Park Blvd. Overflow parking is at Shaker Heights Admin Bldg, 15600 Parkland Drive, Shaker Heights.

Marathons Cleveland

Hike Options
1-2 Mile Pet-Friendly Family Hike Through the Nature Center
4 Mile Rim of the Gorge Hike
2-3 Mile Botany Hike
5-6 Mile Gorge Hike

For hike descriptions, see below.

Hike, Run & Explore

5K & 10K Race
1 Mile Family Fun Run

5K & 10K Start at 8:30AM
1 Mile at 8:35AM
Hikes at 8:45AM

Hike, Run & Fun

2 and 3 hour shifts available
Many of our volunteer positions start at 8:15am.  Volunteer positions include hike sweeps (these volunteers walk behind the hikers, and keep the group together), route monitor volunteers, and water station volunteers. 

We also have other volunteer positions that start at 6:45am such as registration assistants and way finders.



1-2 Mile Pet-Friendly Family Hike Through the Nature Center
Led by Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (NCSL). Register for a casual stroll along the Nature Center’s Trails to take in all the beauty and showcase the outdoor features of NCSL. For this special hike, leashed pets are welcome on Nature Center trails! Approximate time: 45 minutes, includes some accessible areas, but dirt trails and stairs are to be expected.

2-3 Mile Botany Hike
Interpret the nature around the Shaker Parklands on this leisurely hike with a master botanist. Take in the picturesque sights while learning about different native plants and how they thrive in the environment around us. Approximate time: 1-2 hours, includes some accessible areas, but dirt trails and stairs are to be expected.

4-Mile: Rim of the Gorge Hike
Led by Cleveland Hiking Club. Explore some of the lesser known trails in the area on this moderate hike around the rim of the Doan Brook Gorge. Look down and enjoy sweeping views of the gorge. A bit of history retained in some of the remains of past uses will be noted. Approximate time: 2-2.5 hours, varied terrain.

5-6 Mile: Doan Brook Gorge Hike
Led by Cleveland Hiking Club. Challenge yourself with this difficult hike, which spans Doan Brook between the Nature Center and the Graffiti Dam just north and west of MLK Blvd. After going around Lower Lake and crossing Coventry Rd, we will follow the trails closest to Doan Brook, passing many historical points along the way. Hikers will climb small hills, negotiate tree roots, loose rocks, and low-hanging branches, so good hiking boots, hiking poles, and above all, good balance are recommended! Explore a beautiful trail, where you can hardly believe that heavily traveled roads are only a few dozen feet away. Approximate time: 2 1/2 – 3 hours, varied terrain.



Registering for a hike or a race? Passionate about our mission? Help raise critical funds for the Nature Center by setting up a personal fundraising page. 100% of donations to your personal fundraiser will benefit our environmental education programs and public trails.

Setup is simple and easy: create your personal fundraising page during registration, then share with friends, family, and across social media to start raising funds that will support the Nature Center's mission!

To express our thanks, are offering special incentives for those who raise funds through their personal fundraising page:
-Raise $100+ and we will refund your entry fee.
-Raise $250+ and earn a Nature Center hat or water bottle and refunded entry fee.
-Raise $500+ and earn a Hike & Run sweatshirt, a hat or water bottle, and refunded entry fee.
-Raise $1,000+ and earn a pair of tickets to the annual Nature Center Benefit, a Hike & Run sweatshirt, a hat or water bottle, and refunded entry fee.