We Run This City
Youth Marathon Program
We Run This City is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.
Student runners train during a 14-week period to participate in one of four race options: a 1.2 mile run on race day to complete a "marathon" after accumulating 25 training miles from March through May; the 10K (6.2 miles); the half marathon (13.1 miles); or the full marathon (26.2 miles). This year, an anticipated 550 student runners will complete the 1.2 mile race, with an additional 125 running the 10K, 35 half marathoners and five student runners competing in the full marathon.