2.21.14 - New Course for 37th Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Announced
Race is listed as a top spring race in two national listings
CLEVELAND (Feb. 21, 2014) - The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon today announced new courses for each of its five events to take place May 17-18, 2014 during the 37th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon race weekend.
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, which was recently listed as one of the 15 best spring marathons in the US by dailyburn.com and one of 14 spring races all runners should try by USA Today, surveyed runners in December to better gauge what aspects of the course and runner amenities were most important to participants.
The race, which draws more than 20,000 participants, will feature a start line in Cleveland's historic Public Square and a finish line outside Cuyahoga County Courthouse on Lakeside with finishing festivities on the grassy areas of Mall B and Mall C around the newly renovated Convention Center. Another notable change is the switch to a course that is almost exclusively run on the west side of the city.
"The construction at FirstEnergy Stadium prompted our need to revamp the course," said Ralph Staph, Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon race director. "However, it also gave us the opportunity to take a close look at the courses for each of our events and give them a bit of facelift to match some of our runner requests. We are excited about the changes and think people will enjoy the new courses."
The full marathon will leave Cleveland city limits during miles 10 through 21 for trip through both Rocky River and Lakewood before heading back downtown via a scenic view from the Shoreway. The popular neighborhoods of Ohio City and Tremont will remain on the course for both the half marathon and full marathon.
"Participants always rave about running through the Tremont and Ohio City areas because of the active cheering groups and neighborhood parties," Staph said. "The addition of Lakewood and Rocky River should provide more cheering sections and crowd support for our runners. Both cities are very excited to be included in Cleveland's most inclusive sporting event of the year."
The 10K, half marathon and full marathon will all start at the same time this year - at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 18 - a major change for 10K participants used to starting up to a half hour later. The Kids' Run and 5K events will continue to be held on Saturday and both will be held in Edgewater Park this year. Though the 5K will leave park grounds, it will start and finish within the park.
"We work all year to put together a race that is truly the best possible 'Cleveland Experience' for all participants," said Staph. "There are so many outstanding aspects to our city and we're glad to be able to keep many of the favorites, but also spotlight a few new great places and spaces."
Both the 10K and full marathon courses will be USATF certified and the full marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier. Though city officials have approved the courses, all courses are subject to change by the city over the next few months. Final course maps will be posted in the next week. In the meantime, courses and turn-by-turn instructions can be downloaded on the marathon's website at www.clevelandmarathon.com/Course_Maps.
One of the 50 oldest races in the country, the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will take place May 17-18. The following opportunities are available for people to participate in the event: full marathon, half marathon, 10K, full marathon walking division, half marathon walking division, 10K walking division, 5K (run or walk) and Kids' Run. Online registration and further information is available at www.clevelandmarathon.com.
Last year, the half marathon sold out for the third year in a row and the marathon, 10K and 5K came close to reaching their respective caps as well. 20,134 people competed in the 2013 events over the course of the weekend. Race organizers are expecting more than 20,000 participants for the 37th annual event in May.
There are also opportunities for non-profit organizations to raise funds through their participation in the race through Cleveland Marathon Charities, for which information can also be found on the marathon's website.
About the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is in its 37th year of providing a fitness experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their abilities. The event offers a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon - all of which participants can choose to run or walk. More than 375,000 runners have participated, generating more than $18 million annually to benefit the Cleveland community. www.clevelandmarathon.com
Mission Statement: • To provide a running experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their abilities. • To produce an event that highlights the Cleveland community and provides a positive economic impact for the community. • To give charities an opportunity to benefit financially from the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K events.
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