A BIG Weekend for Cleveland's Waterfront (photos and video).

It seemed there was something going on along every piece of Cleveland’s waterfront this past weekend with:

  • The Tall Ships Festival Parade of Sail kicking off affairs on Thursday afternoon.

  • An open water swim at Edgewater Park hosted by North Coast Multisports that served as a tune-up for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships returning to Cleveland August 9-10.

  • An SUP Yoga session with SUP CLE at Wendy Park.

  • A birds-eye view of recreational kayaks interacting with the freighter Sam Laud as it transited the lower Cuyahoga River (more on that in a future post).

It was great seeing so many facets of Cleveland’s waterfront brand on full display.

North Coast Multisports Open Water Swim

SUP CLE Yoga

Kayaks Mixing It Up with a Freighter Transiting the Cuyahoga River

Tall Ships Festival Parade of Sail from the Goodtime III

Open Water Swim Set One Month Before USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships Return to Cleveland

Open Water Swim Set One Month Before USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships Return to Cleveland

“There is an allure to being able to swim on a national championship course with the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals just one month away”. said Mickey Rzymek, owner of North Coast Multisports. “Our goal is to provide an opportunity to get familiar with Lake Erie and the Edgewater Beach venue and to highlight the strength of the local multisport community in Northeast Ohio.”

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The 2019 Blazing Paddles Paddlefest Blazes a New Cuyahoga River Narrative

The 2019 Blazing Paddles Paddlefest Blazes a New Cuyahoga River Narrative

A new narrative for Cleveland was blazed as 250 paddlers on kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes took part in a historic celebration on the Cuyahoga River, 50 years to the day since the 1969 fire ignited the environmental movement.

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Where the 2019 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Crossed the Cuyahoga River

Where the 2019 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Crossed the Cuyahoga River

Yesterday’s Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon saw over 15,000 10k, half, and full runners pass by the cheer zone at Brick & Barrel Brewing on Columbus Road. Spirits were high on an unseasonably steamy day, the warmest since our Pep Club Dance Party at the Tremont Taphouse in 2013. Here’s a look at the scene where the courses crossed the Cuyahoga River.

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

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.

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The 91st Academy Awards Have Truly Humbled Us

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.

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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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