MWCD and Race Brimstone Partner to Bring Races at MWCD Lakes in 2023

New Philadelphia, OH – Race Brimstone and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) are partnering to bring races of various distances to MWCD parks in 2023.

Enjoying the Outdoors is brought to you in partnership with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

The races, which will include distances for beginners and advanced runners, range in length from 5k to 200 miles.

“We not only love challenging ourselves but enjoy helping and encouraging others on their journey to accomplish their personal goals,” said Jeremy Followay, co-director of the Canal Fulton based organization. “Our goal at Race Brimstone is to create top-quality races with a unique flair. Every runner from the experienced veteran to the first-time newbie will feel valued, supported, and inspired: before, during, and after the race.”

Followay shares race director role with Eric Whittington. The two host a variety of races throughout the region annually, but the circuit with MWCD will be a first. “We are always looking for areas to run to keep the routes new and interesting for our runners,” said Whittington. “We are so excited to partner with MWCD to bring this new series to our runners.  While scouting the routes, we have seen some of the most beautiful areas of the state. Our runners are going to love exploring this part of Ohio.”

“I have been an avid runner for years, and have been on trails throughout the entire country,” said Craig Butler, MWCD Executive Director. “The trails located within the MWCD are some of my favorites.  We are very blessed to have portions of the Buckeye Trail, a 1,440-mile loop trail, on MWCD property in addition to trails at our parks. When you run here, it is easy sometimes to feel like you are the only person in the world, the scenery is absolutely stunning, and the trails are very well maintained.”

Races will be held in April through August. To register, visit Register prior October 1 to receive 10% off race registration using code IAMIN.

“We know that our guests are interested in trails to enjoy everything from hiking, biking, walking, running, and horseback riding so we have prioritized expanding and increasing the number of trail miles in our parks and will continue these projects for years to come,” said Butler. “Providing safe spaces for people to enjoy nature is our mission and we encourage everyone to visit our facilities. Whatever your ability, come out and utilize the trails and beautiful outdoor spaces that are maintained for public use and exercise.”

2023 Races

April 22, 2023 – Clendening Half Marathon (Freeport, OH)

June 17, 2023 – Atwood Half Marathon, 10 mile, and 5k (Mineral City, OH)

July 8, 2023 – Tappan Trail Marathon, 5k (Deersville, OH)

August 5 – 9, 2023 – 5 Lake Ultra Race 200 and 100 mile, and 100k and 50k race including Atwood, Leesville, Tappan, Clendening, Piedmont lakes

About Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving over $8 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). For more information about the MWCD, visit and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.

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