The Sunday before Thanksgiving

A .36 mile assault on one of Cincinnati’s steepest inclines. The Straight Street Hill Climb is two minutes of self-inflicted torture.
2019 will be the 43rd anniversary of the run started by the Clifton Track Club.
There are three events. The First event is the Classic Run event. A Bike race and Duathlon (Run and Bike) were added in recent years and have boosted the number of competitors participating. The Straight Street Duathlon is the World’s Shortest Duathlon*.
You can Pick One event, two events or if you are really a “glutton for punishment”, do all three events.




a glutton for punishment
phrase of glutton
noun: glutton for punishment
1.a person who is always eager to undertake hard or unpleasant tasks.

All proceeds from this event benefit the kids of the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby. The Cincinnati Derby puts 6 events a year (once a month between April and October) and involves boys and girls ages 7 through 17 in gravity drag races in home-built cars. More info can be found on

Course Description:
Check in at the top of the hill, at the corner of University Court and Straight Street. You will need to walk down the hill to the Start.
All races begin at the bottom of the hill, at McMicken, and proceed up the .36 mile course. See the course map.


Strategy for completing the Hill Climb: Keep breathing and don’t pass out.
Previous competitors have recommended drinking cold Wiedemann’s Fine Beer after the event to revive yourself after the climb.

Spectator Tips:

Spectators are encouraged to line the street near the top of the hill to cheer on the finishers as they make their baby steps toward the end.

Miscellaneous Info:
ARRIVE EARLY. Races begin at 9 a.m. sharp and there is always a back up at the registration table. YOU are responsible for getting yourself to the bottom of the hill for the start. Check in at the top of the hill, at the corner of University Court and Straight Street.

Race Shirts:
Classy Technical Shirts are optional and available in Short-Sleeved or Long-Sleeved editions for only $10 or $15 respectively.

.36 Stickers:
Get your own .36 oval stickers for only $3 each.

Male and Female age divisions: 12 and Under, 13-19, 20-34, 35-50, 50 and over (Masters)
Clydesdale Divisions: An alternative to age divisions. Based on weight, not age: Half-Barrel division for Males 200+ lbs; Pony-barrel division for females 160+ lbs. Clydesdale participants will be excluded from age-based awards.


Top three in each event including Age, Clydesdale, and Rucking Divisions.

Post-Race Activities:
Awards Ceremony, Post-race Cookout and Wiedemann beer drinking will take place at Mecklenburg Gardens immediately following the duathlon. Directions to Meck’s

$15 for one event. $20 for two or three events.
Race Day Registration:
$20. Race day registration and packet pick up will take place from 7:30 – 8:45 at the venue. Cash or Check preferred. CC accepted.

Straight Street and University, Clifton, OH
Google: 500 Straight Street, 45219 to get directions from your location
Coordinates: 39.129862, -84.523702

*as far as we know.

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