Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon – 40th Anniversary
As one of the oldest marathons in the country, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is proud of the traditions it has built since the first races were held in 1978. From empowering runners to achieve their goals to sharing what makes Cleveland unique with people from all over the world to making a positive economic impact on the community, marathon organizers work hard to bring a meaningful, inspiring and fun event to the city streets each year.
Now runners have more reason than ever to put Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 on the race calendar as organizers get ready to celebrate the marathon's 40th anniversary.
New to running? Saturday’s races include a 5K, 8K and kids’ run and Sunday features the marathon, half marathon and 10K. There’s a distance for everyone, and it’s not too late to start training and be part of the weekend.
New to Cleveland? Runners will go past many of the landmarks and through the neighborhoods that make Cleveland such a distinctive city. This year, the race finishes at the newly renovated Public Square and along the way the sights will include FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science Center, the Flats, Playhouse Square, Tremont and Ohio City.
Run the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon before? Then you’ll want to return for the 40th anniversary celebration and all that goes with it, including special commemorative medals, ruby-colored t-shirts and apparel and special leggings, shoes, posters and more. Or, take on the 2-Day Challenge Series by running the 8K on Saturday and either the full or half marathon on Sunday, or the 5K on Saturday and the 10K on Sunday.
Runners of all abilities and experience levels will love the relatively flat and fast course that often rewards participants with new PRs as well as the tremendous volunteer support and beautiful scenery that includes views of Lake Erie and the downtown skyline.
In 1978, the Cleveland Marathon began in an effort to bring a fitness event to the city and featured two different races. A total of 1,086 runners finished the 10K, with Gary Bjorklund winning in 29:02:05, and the full marathon had 815 finishers with Tom Fleming winning in 2:15:01.
The race now sees more than 15,000 runners from all 50 states and 19 countries over the course of the weekend. Most of the growth has occurred since 2003 when Rite Aid Pharmacy took over as the title sponsor. Since then, the marathon has grown 300 percent and Rite Aid continues to bring added value to the race weekend experience by offering free health screenings at the Health and Fitness Expo along with in-store discounts and coupons throughout the year, living up to the slogan, “With Us, it’s Personal.”
--written by Karen Price, Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
The race also boasts an economic impact of $18 million and creates a rewarding and financially beneficial environment for its partner charities.
For more information or to register to race and be part of the 40th anniversary celebration, visit http://www.clevelandmarathon.com.
Not a runner but still want to get involved? There are plenty of opportunities to become a volunteer, charity partner or sponsor. To find out more, visit http://www.clevelandmarathon.com.
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