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3.16.09 - Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Adds New 5K Event to Race Weekend Activities

Race slated to benefit Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

CLEVELAND (March 16, 2009) – The 2009 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K will add a new 5K race to its race weekend events, benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).

Scheduled to take place Saturday, May 16 at 8:30 a.m., the new 5K (3.1 mile) course will begin and end at Shooter’s in the Flats, where a post-race party will be held immediately following the race, offering food, music and entertainment to participators and the public alike.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone to participate in the race weekend events,” said Ralph Staph, Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon race director. “Runners can use this race to stretch their legs before Sunday’s longer events or, if athletes feel they are not quite ready for a long-distance run, this is a chance to get out and participate at any speed.”

To register for the 5K race, visit the Cleveland Marathon’s website at www.clevelandmarathon.com where registration will be available online until May 13. Late registration and packet pick-up will be held at the Health and Fitness Expo, Friday, May 15, at the Cleveland Convention Center from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Parking for the 5K event and post-race party is free in the Nautica Pavilion parking lot located on the West Bank of the Flats near the Powerhouse.

Those interested in participating in any other weekend events, including the Kids’ Run on Saturday, and the 10K, half marathon or full marathon on Sunday, May 17, can also register on the marathon’s website or call 800-467-3826.

Participants of the 5K race will have the opportunity to raise funds to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, or any other charity of their choice. The Cleveland Marathon will also donate a portion of proceeds to the MMRF.

Multiple myeloma is an incurable cancer of the plasma cell. It is the second most common blood cancer. As the world's number-one funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised more than to $110 million to fund 70 laboratories. Tracy Carloss, WEWS Channel 5 weekend news anchor, will be participating in the 5K and serving as official race starter. An avid MMRF supporter, Carloss’ mother is a multiple myeloma survivor.

About the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. To date, the MMRF has raised more than $110 million, 93 percent of which directly supports research and related programming. The MMRF has already seen a significant return on its research investment, including the approval of four new treatments that are extending myeloma patients’ lives and being explored as treatments for 19 other cancers. Today, the MMRF is supporting 30 new compounds and approaches now in clinical trials and pre-clinical studies and has facilitated 17 clinical trials through its sister organization, the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC). For more information about the MMRF, visit www.themmrf.org.

About the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K is in its 32nd year of providing a running experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their abilities. More than 260,000 runners have participated, generating more than $12 million annually to benefit the Cleveland community.

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.

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