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Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Red Nose Children’s Run

CLEVELAND (April 26, 2010)—Kids all over Northeast Ohio will don their favorite running shoes and a big red nose to participate in the Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Red Nose Children’s Run at the Great Lakes Science Center, Saturday, May 15.

As part of the festivities surrounding the 33rd annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, the Red Nose Children’s Run will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a group warm-up and stretch lead by JimLa, a Ringling Bros. clown. The age-specific races begin immediately following the warm-up session, and include JimLa cheering on competitors to keep the children laughing and energized. Food, beverages, face painting and fun activities will also be provided for race participants.

Kids 12 and under are invited to participate in this annual event promoting health and fitness in a fun and active way. All registrants will receive an official race t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, a goody bag containing a red clown nose and a snack. Beginning May 15 through October 25, the first 500 race registrants are eligible to exchange their race bib at the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office to redeem a free ticket to attend Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Barunum’s FUNundrum!SM, Oct. 20-25, 2010, at The Q. 

Children can register to participate in the Red Nose Children’s Run at the Great Lakes Science Center (601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland, 44114) online at www.clevelandmarathon.com until Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Race day registration on-site is also available. Cost is $12 per child.

The Red Nose Children’s Run will offer different lengths for children to run depending on their age group. Children ages three and under will participate in the 50 yard diaper dash; four- to six-year-olds will race 100 yards; seven- and eight-year-olds will sprint a quarter mile; nine- and ten-year-olds will bolt for a half mile; and 11- and 12-year-olds will complete a half mile as well.

Following the Red Nose Children’s Run, JimLa the Ringling Bros. clown will visit the Health and Fitness Expo to share clown noses and greet children of all ages. Taking place at the Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, the Health and Fitness Expo will offer nearly 80 vendors, multiple workshops and a speaker’s series featuring famous running legends. The Health and Fitness Expo is free of charge, open to the public and part of the 33rd annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K.

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Contact: Cory Chonko or Jamie Maier, 216.464.4850 corychonko@sternadvertising.com, jamiemaier@sternadvertising.com

Ralph Staph, Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Race Director, 800-467-3826 cmi@clevelandmarathon.com


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