The 39th Annual St. Malachi Church Run (photos and video)

Yesterday was one of our favorite events, the 39th Annual St. Malachi Church Run. Yes, we like it because it crosses the Cuyahoga River twice, but the REAL reason is 1) it’s a sure sign spring is right around the corner, 2) St. Patrick’s Day is close, and 3) we recognize what a huge impact the race has on funding St. Malachi Parish ministries to Cleveland’s most needy.

As a thank you to all the runners and walkers who supported this year’s race by participating, here’s a look at the race through photos and video. If you didn’t run, or would like to make an additional contribution to assist St. Malachi Church ministries, click on the red “DONATE” button on the upper right corner of their webpage! http://www.stmalachi.org/ministries/

With Saturday’s run under your belt, all St. Malachi Church Run participants are invited to join us for Blazing Paddles, an on-the-water celebration of how far the Cuyahoga River has come since the June 22, 1969 fire. We’re part of Sustainable Cleveland’s #Cuyahoga50 and Destination Cleveland’s #VisitMeInCLE. See you on June 22, 2019 at Rivergate Park! http://sharetheriver.com/blazing-paddles

2019 St. Malachi Church Run (Gallery 1)

2019 St. Malachi Church Run (Gallery 2)

2019 St. Malachi Church Run Video

The 91st Academy Awards Have Truly Humbled Us

To say we were humbled at being nominated for four Academy Awards would be an understatement. But to win an Oscar in all four categories? Well, it’s simply unbelievable. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your mentorship, support, and encouraging words.

Click on the image to see each short film.

Our Exit Interviews with 90.3 WCPN Ideastream Journalist Elizabeth Miller

Our Exit Interviews with 90.3 WCPN Ideastream Journalist Elizabeth Miller

Greater Cleveland public radio (90.3 WCPN Ideastream) listeners and Great Lakes Today’s audience have heard journalist Elizabeth Miller’s reports on all things Great Lakes environment for the last three years. Elizabeth recently accepted a position in Portland to cover the education beat for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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Our Look at the Epic Ohio River Paddlefest as We Plan for an Expanded Blazing Paddles on the Cuyahoga River

Our Look at the Epic Ohio River Paddlefest as We Plan for an Expanded Blazing Paddles on the Cuyahoga River

Last September we headed to the Sustainable Cleveland Summit where we shared with attendees our experience of hosting Blazing Paddles on June 23, 2018, one year before the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire. If you’re not familiar with the fun that happened at Blazing Paddles this year, check out our blog post Blazing Paddles Paddleboard Race Stokes the Cuyahoga River.

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4th Annual Santa Paddle Brings Christmas Cheer to Browns Tailgaters

4th Annual Santa Paddle Brings Christmas Cheer to Browns Tailgaters

Christmas cheer was in abundance along Cleveland’s Lake Erie shoreline yesterday as Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf’s 4th Annual Santa Paddle greeted Cleveland Browns fans before the game. In contrast to last year’s wind-blown affair, this year’s paddle was blessed with sunny skies and no wind as temperatures hovered around the freezing mark.

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Here comes the Cuyahoga River Water Trail Open House at Merwin's Wharf!

Here comes the Cuyahoga River Water Trail Open House at Merwin's Wharf!

After a recent Open House, ODNR’s Tom Arbour reflected on the unique nature of the Cuyahoga River. “What’s amazing about the Cuyahoga River are the diverse paddling experiences it offers. From the calm, forested headwaters, to the raging rapids in the gorge and ending at its mouth at Lake Erie with amazing views of the Cleveland skyline, the Cuyahoga River has something to offer for every recreational paddler.”

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Blazing Paddles Paddleboard Race Stokes the Cuyahoga River

Blazing Paddles Paddleboard Race Stokes the Cuyahoga River

Our goal for Blazing Paddles was to reframe the Cuyahoga River narrative and we were so pleased media picked up on a paddleboarding race as a perspective-changer for recreational use of a river that formerly served as a cultural reference point for environmental ruin.

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Happy 60th Anniversary Goodtime III

Happy 60th Anniversary Goodtime III

Last night's cruise on the Goodtime III reminded us of the old line about a busman's holiday: A holiday in which you spend most of your time doing the same or something very similar to your normal work. Ostensibly we were guests of the Goodtime III's 60th Anniversary Cruise along Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.

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Don't Be Like These Cuyahoga River boaters...

Don't Be Like These Cuyahoga River boaters...

Here's a look at the scrum that happens on the Cuyahoga River when the Norfolk Southern Bridge has a lift on a busy day. The Goodtime III Captain's view from the wheelhouse is much different (further back and lower) than the security cam's view (it's mounted higher and looks down).

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It Took the Hapless Cleveland Browns to Provide A Much Needed Perspective on Lake Erie

It Took the Hapless Cleveland Browns to Provide A Much Needed Perspective on Lake Erie

But the Lake Erie PR pulse from last week's Browns announcement made us realize Lake Erie's ongoing challenges with algae blooms has tainted the public mindset to a point where a spoiled Lake Erie has finally eclipsed the Cuyahoga River as shorthand for out-of-towners to kick Cleveland in the shins

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The Faces and Voices of RiverSweep

The Faces and Voices of RiverSweep

Saturday's RiverSweep saw over 700 volunteers fan out across the Cuyahoga River corridor to be part of what Canalway Partners calls "Ohio's largest done-in-a day clean-up". Individuals, students, and organizations descended upon 9 clean-up sites in the Cuyahoga River watershed and after three hours of effort, headed to Hart Crane Park for Sainato's pizza and music. 

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Coffee Outside on the Cuyahoga River with Joy Machines Bicycle Shop

Coffee Outside on the Cuyahoga River with Joy Machines Bicycle Shop

Joy Machine's Bicycle Shop decide to host a pop-up event called simply enough "Coffee Outside" at the "spoon", Canalway Partners' name for the Scranton Flats pier jutting out over the river.

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