Name: Jessica Karazsia @ Zero to Fifty
Location: Catawba Cliffs – Catawba Island, Ohio
Distance: 4.4 miles
Why I love this run: My mom lives in a small town in Ohio called Catawba Island on Lake Erie. Catawba is located just between Toledo and Cleveland. We are boaters and have been going up there for 25+ years. We all used to camp out on the boat every weekend during the summer and as we (the kids) got older, the boat got bigger. But, there came a point in time where there really wasn’t a boat big enough for 3 teenage girls. My parents downsized the boat and bought a condo. Then, when it came time to retire and move out of Cleveland, they decided to build a beautiful home there.
I have so many wonderful memories of the summers we spent on the island. Catawba is truly one of Ohio’s best kept secrets. I still cherish the time I get to spend there on vacation and over holidays. It’s a very sleepy place in the Winter, but is beautiful all the same.
I lived in Cleveland for 9 years after college, so I had the luxury of being able to spend my weekends and do many of my marathon training runs on Catawba. There is one particular stretch of my run that is my absolute favorite place. I usually leave it until the end of my run to help distract me from my discomfort. The rolling hills, beautiful rocky cliffs, private coves and beaches are simply spectacular.