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5.10.10 - Cleveland Neighborhoods Planning 13 Parties Along Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Course

Race adds runner-requested Tremont neighborhood to new course

CLEVELAND (May 10, 2010) – The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, which is expecting 15,000 registrants for its 33rd annual running on Sunday, May 16, 2010, has announced the addition of the Tremont neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland to its full and half marathon course, along with 13 neighborhood parties.

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, which has experienced 190 percent growth in registrants over the past eight years and has sold out its full marathon and half marathon for the first time in 2010, has been working with the Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition for the past year to update the course and secure neighborhood participation in the annual event.

Tremont, a near west neighborhood is one of the most eclectic and active in the city and has been a runner requested addition for a number of years. The neighborhood is located on miles three through five of the course.

“We’re excited to add Tremont to our full and half marathon course,” said Ralph Staph, race director of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. “Not only do the runners want to run here, we’ve gotten immense support from the neighborhood in the form of cheering sections, parties and restaurants offering special hours and discounts to our runners.”

In addition to the updated course route, other neighborhood development directors along the course have worked to secure 13 neighborhood parties and cheering sections along the route on Sunday morning. This is in addition to the 12 bands and 14 music stations that the marathon will spread throughout the full course.

“I think our runners are in for an exciting experience,” Staph said. “We have polka bands, high school drum corps, gospel choirs, neighborhood party stations and more. This type of neighborhood support is something we’ve been working on for many years – so we’re quite pleased.”

A downloadable course map is located at www.clevelandmarathon.com/Course_Maps. A full listing of neighborhood parties, which are open to the public and suggested as best spots to watch the race, is also available online at www.clevelandmarathon.com/Neighborhood_Parties.

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon began in 1978 and is now in its 33rd year. The 2009 marathon generated more than $12 million in economic impact for the City of Cleveland and set a new record for runner participation, with 12,400 registrants. Last year’s race saw a 140 percent increase in runners since 2003 and marked the seventh consecutive year of growth. Currently in 2010, registrations are up 55 percent from this time last year, and race directors are expecting between around 15,000 participants on May 15 and 16.

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, a new 5K (run or walk), Kids’ Run and 10K Corporate Team Challenge. The events take place May 15 and 16, 2010.

Though the full and half marathons have both sold out, Slots are still available in the 5K, 10K and Kids Run. Interested runners and walkers may register online through May 12 at www.clevelandmarathon.com or race weekend at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Information on the Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition can be found by visiting www.cndc2.org.

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