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4.30.08 - Cleveland Race First in Midwest to use New Hi-tech Disposable Timing System

Real-time tracking to be available on new race website


            CLEVELAND (April 30, 2008) – The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K will be the first major marathon in the Midwest to use a new, disposable road racing timing system created by ChronoTrack Systems.

            Participants in the 31st annual event on Sunday, May 18, will no longer have to register their timing chip at the Expo, or have it removed at the finish line.  The new system, based on Impinj UHF Gen 2 radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, allows race organizers to print an integrated bib and tag for each participant, encoding the runner’s bib number into the tag’s RFID chip at the time of printing. The peel-off, disposable portion of the bib becomes a tag that runners attach to their shoes.

            “Most importantly to runners, ChronoTrack’s timing tag is disposable,” said Ralph Staph, race director of the Cleveland Marathon. “After the race, tired participants can avoid waiting to return their chips.  The system has worked very well in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and at Pat’s Run in Arizona. We’re looking forward to being on the forefront of this technology.”

            The company’s website, www.chronotrack.com, features an instructional video as well as a video showing the system’s weather-resistance testing. The system will provide Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K participants with finish line results and split timing data at the 10K, one-half marathon and 30K points.

            This information will also be available to runners and their families and friends in real-time on the marathon’s newly updated website, www.clevelandmarathon.com. The timing data will be reported live to the marathon’s results section of the website so family or friends who cannot attend the event can still track their runner in real-time.


        Friends and family interested in receiving live updates on their runner on race morning via email or text message may sign up prior to race day for this free services as well.  The homepage of the marathon website features a link that allows persons to register to receive live updates on a specific race participant.

      The marathon’s updated website also includes detailed information needed by runners, spectators, volunteers, sponsors and charities interested in participating in the events taking place during marathon weekend, May 16 – May 18.

      The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon offers the following opportunities for people to participate in the event: full marathon, half marathon, 10K, full marathon walking division, half marathon walking division, 10K walking division, full marathon wheelchair division, 10K wheelchair division, Kids’ Run and Corporate teams. Volunteers are needed for a number of pre-race and race day responsibilities.

      For details on the race, or to register for the 31st Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, call 800-467-3826 or visit www.clevelandmarathon.com.     

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

      The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon & 10K is in its 31st 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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