1. Is it safe and secure to register over the internet?
YES! The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon has partnered with Active.com who is a leader in online registration. Their website is safe, easy and secure. They guarantee that your personal information will be safe.
2. I registered for a Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon event and now I am unable to run. Can I get my money back or transfer to another year?
We are sorry, but we do not offer refunds or transfers to future races.
3. What if I sign up for one event, but my training doesn't go as planned? Can I switch races?
You may switch races, but please note the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will charge a $20 fee to switch your registration into another race (per switch) plus the difference in event fees (if upgrading).
Online event switching is available until April 15, 2015 (when bib labeling begins). If an event is still open at the Expo/packet pick-up, switching will be permitted for $20 plus the difference in event fees should you upgrade.
After April 15th, there will be no online switching available until the Health and Fitness Expo.
Once the caps for each event are met, no new registration or race switches will be permitted.
For specific instructions Click Here.
4. I already registered, but cannot run. Is there a way to transfer my registration to someone else?
Yes, you may transfer your registration to another athlete. You have the capability to process this transaction on your own. Please note the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will charge a $20 fee to transfer to another person.
Online transfers are available until April 1st, 2015 and the new participant must claim the registration by April 15th, 2015 (when bib labeling begins).
After April 15th, there will be no online transferring available until the Health and Fitness Expo; proper documentation must be provided.
Once the caps for each event are met, no new registration or race switches will be permitted
For specific instructions Click Here.
5. Can't I just "give" my entry to my friend if I cannot run?
No. Due to USATF rules and regulations, each participant must register themselves and sign their own waiver. Any walker or runner who is participating with another participant’s bib number can be disqualified at the discretion of the race director.
The new Active system (#4 above) includes the proper management of the waiver in the transaction.
6. What are the age requirements for registering for a particular event?
Participants under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their Registration Waiver for all events. We do not recommend that participants under 18 run in the full marathon event.
7. What is included in my entry fee?
Every participant will receive a short-sleeved shirt (tech shirt for half and full marathoners) and a Virtual Race Bag. Marathoners, half marathoners and 10K participants also receive a finisher's medal. Additionally, entry fees are used to ensure that the course is free of cars and safe for all participants. Also, there is water and Powerade at every Hydration Station on course, and refreshments at the finish line.
8. This is my first running event. Can you direct me to a training program?
Please visit our website under Runners Info - Training - for several training program options as well as other helpful tools such as training tips and pace charts.
9. I am traveling from another town. Can you direct me to your Host Hotel as well as other hotels in close proximity to the start and finish line area?
Our host hotel is the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade and is within 1 mile from the start and finish. For the Hyatt's contact information and a list of other recommended hotels please visit our Hotel page on our website.
10. Do you have an Elite Running Program?
Yes. We have a 10K Elite Program. For additional information and how to apply, please contact our Elite Program Director, John Tope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. How do I become a Charity Partner?
Our 2015 Charity Program Packet is open for submissions. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
12. How do you time the events?
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K will use the B-tag timing system created by ChronoTrack Systems.
13. Can I wear headphones on the course?
YES. Because USA Track & Field (USATF), the governing body for long distance running in the United States, recently revised their safety rule (#144.3b) banning the use of headphones and other music devices at all USATF-sanctioned running events, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon may now allow runners in non-championship races to wear headphones on the course. All participants wishing to pursue prize money, must still obey USATF rules (#144.3).
14. Are strollers or baby joggers allowed on the course?
NO. Strollers and baby joggers are prohibited.
15. Is there a wheelchair and/or handcrank division in the race?
Yes, there is a Wheelchair Exhibition for the full marathon division. There is a participant cap of 12; 10 handcyclists and 2 wheelchairs.
Please review the UCI classification structure information. All entrants must meet these guidelines in order to register for the event:
Interested participants should contact John Squires at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information and to obtain a copy of a special waiver that must be signed prior to race weekend.
16. What is the Health and Fitness Expo? Do I have to go? Does it cost money?
The Health and Fitness Expo is FREE and open to participants, their friends and family, and the general public. The Expo will be held on Friday and Saturday May 15 & 16, 2015 at the Convention Center in Cleveland. Each registered participant is required to attend to pick up their race bib (including timing chip) and t-shirt. Please bring your ID in order to pick up your packet.
Additionally, the Expo is a great place to get great deals on shoes and clothing, meet running legends, sample new products and more. Check back on the website for speaker schedules, vendor info and other information.
17. Can someone else pick up my bib and race packet for me?
YES! Someone other than the registered runner may pick up the race packet at the Expo. BUT - everyone must show an ID to get a packet. A photocopy will suffice, but no packets will be given out without proper ID.
18. Can I pick up my race packet on race day?
No, there is no packet pickup race day. All packets must be picked up at the Health and Fitness Expo.
19. I won't be able to participate; can I still pick up my t-shirt?
YES! Please stop by the Health and Fitness Expo and pick up your bib, t-shirt and goody bag.
20. Does Rite Aid own this event?
No, Rite Aid Pharmacy is the title sponsor of the event and through their support we are able to put on this event year after year.
21. Who are the other sponsors of the event?
We are thrilled to partner with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, American Greetings and more. To see the full list of sponsors, please click here.
22. Is there something for my kids to do?
YES! On Saturday May 16, 2015 there will be a Kid's Run. Distances are based upon the child's age, but everyone receives a commemorative t-shirt, goody bag and finisher's medal. There will also be food, drinks, clowns and more fun for the whole family. For more information on the Kid's Run, click here.
23. What can my family do while waiting for me to finish?
The 26.3 Mile Rock Party is the answer! Located at the finish line - there will be live music, food, drinks, cheering and more! Family and friends are also encouraged to line the course to cheer for runners.
24. On my registration my name is misspelled, my age is wrong, I have moved, etc.
No problem! You now have access to your own Active registration. To update your personal information, you can copy and paste the link below, sign into your Active account and edit your own information. Be sure to use the same email address that you originally used to register. https://myevents.active.com/login.jsf
25. I have a friend who would like to volunteer, can they help?
YES! We always need an extra set of hands! Please visit our volunteer page to learn about the opporunities available for volunteers.
26. How many water stations are there on the course? What type of energy drink and gel are available?
We have 20 water stations along the full; 10 on the half marathon course and 3 along the 10K course. Water station locations can be found on our course map (indicated by a water droplet). All water stations include Powerade; 3 locations will have Carb Boom! Energy Gels in a variety of all six flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Banana Peach, Grape Pomegranate, Raspberry, Strawberry Kiwi, and Vanilla Orange.
27. Is the water provided along the course clean and safe to drink?
YES! The water we use on the course on race weekend is from hydrants that are flushed twice before race day. The hydrants are flushed two weeks before the race and once again the day before the race or race morning. The process we use to obtain the drinking water results is the same quality that a Cleveland resident would receive from turning on their faucet. The Cleveland Water Department tests the water quality, and assures us that it is safe. We also purchase new hoses every year to ensure the highest level of quality for our participants. And, as an added safety feature, our water stop volunteers wear gloves while distributing the cups.
28. What is the temperature usually like on race day in Cleveland?
During the third weekend in May, the average high temperature in Cleveland is 69 degrees Farenheit. The low is 49 degrees. It's often chilly in the morning, but warms up rather quickly. Layers are advised for all runners! For more details, please click here for the National Weather Service page.
29. Is the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon a Boston Marathon qualifier?
YES! Our marathon course is measured and certified, and runners who meet the required Boston Marathon finisher's times at our race can qualify for Boston.
30. I do not remember if I registered and need another confirmation email?
You now have access to your own Active registration. To log into your Active account, copy and paste the link below and enter your email address and password. Be sure to use the same email address that you originally used to register. You will see your current events listed under your name. https://myevents.active.com/login.jsf
31. Is there a bag or backpack policy?
Bags and backpacks are strongly discouraged at the Start/Finish areas on race day. For participants, clear gear check bags will be provided and those must be used for gear check on race day. Spectators are asked to travel lightly as well. Those with diaper bags, purses and other items should note that their bags could be searched in the vicinity of the start and finish lines. Any unattended bags are subject to search and removal from the premises.