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5.13.08 - Cleveland's Largest Running Gear Sale of the Year Opens Friday

 

Cleveland’s Largest Running Gear Sale of the Year Opens this Friday

Health & Fitness Expo stocked with discounted gear and products

            CLEVELAND (May 13, 2008) – Deeply discounted running shoes, gear and apparel, nutritional supplements, technical accessories, expert training, fitness and diet advice, and inspirational talks by running legends highlight this year’s Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K Health & Fitness Expo.

The expo opens to race participants and the public Friday at 11 a.m. in the Cleveland Convention Center, Hall D. It is Cleveland’s largest running gear sale of the year. It also is the last chance for runners to sign up for Sunday’s race, and the place where pre-registered runners should pick up their race day bibs, timing devices, goody bags and t-shirts.

Hours are Friday until 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New this year is a free bus tour of the full marathon course for runners and the public. Course tours begin Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., leaving from the front of the Convention Center on Lakeside Ave.

The opening of the 31st Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Health & Fitness Expo marks the traditional kick-off of race weekend. The expo, which is sold out with 60 vendors occupying 116 booths, is the largest in Cleveland race history.

Scheduled speakers include five running legends:

  • Anne Audain: The first professional distance runner and the first woman to sign with Nike. She held the world record in the 5K, qualified six times for the Olympics, won Gold and Silver medals in the Commonwealth Games, and claimed more road race victories than any other woman during the 1980s. Audain won the Cleveland 10K seven times. She will speak Friday, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • John Bingham: Runner, pace group leader to over 15 Runner’s World Marathons, and author of The Courage to Start: A Guide to Running for Your Life; Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person's Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Full or Half Marathon; and The Penguin Brigade Training Log. Bingham will speak Saturday 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Doug Kurtis: Five-time Olympic Trial Qualifier and winner of 40 marathons, he has completed 195 marathons. He is the Course Director for the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank International Marathon and the Race Director for the Detroit Jazz Fest Four Miler. He is also a member of the RRCA Hall of Fame and a writer for MI Runner, Runmichigan.com and MI Sport & Fitness. He will speak Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Bill Rodgers: Three-time Boston Marathon winner and four-time New York City Marathon winner. He has also set world master’s records for 5k, 8k, 10k and 10 miles. He is a spokesperson for his own sportswear company and running center, as well as for Running Times magazine, and still runs about 25 races per year. Rogers will speak Friday, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and Saturday 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Bart Yasso: Dubbed the “Mayor of Running,” Yasso was the winner of the 1998 Smoky Mountain Marathon and the 1987 U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship in New York City. He successfully completed the Ironman five times and the Badwater 146-miler through Death Valley. He has ridden two solo unsupported bicycle rides across the U. S. in 20 days averaging 155 miles per day. He has completed 150 marathons around the world and on all seven continents. He is the Chief Running Officer for Runner’s World magazine, writing about the best races around the world. His new book, My Life on the Run, was released on May 13. He will speak Friday, 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Saturday 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

      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.

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