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5.14.13 - Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Health & Fitness Expo presented by Prayers From Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation Slated for May 17-18

Event at the I-X Center is free and open to the public

CLEVELAND (May 14, 2013) - For the third consecutive year, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is proud to have Prayers from Maria Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation serve as the presenting sponsor of the Health & Fitness Expo. The Expo is scheduled for May 17-18 at the International Expo Center (I-X Center).

All Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon participants must attend the Health & Fitness Expo in order to pick up their bib, timing device and t-shirt. Friends, family and the general public are welcome to attend. The Expo is free of charge and parking at the I-X Center is also free to everyone.

Bags and backpacks are NOT allowed inside the I-X Center for security reasons. Purses are acceptable and there will be a bag check at the entrance for those coming straight from the airport.

Health & Fitness Expo presented by Prayers From Maria Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation
Location: One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, OH 44135 (near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport)
Dates/Times: Friday, May 17 (11 a.m. - 7 p.m.); Saturday, May 18 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Transportation: Free shuttle bus service will be provided from the Hyatt downtown to the I-X Center on Friday and Saturday.

The schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 17; 1:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Pick up/Drop off: Every half hour in front of Hyatt between E.4th and E. 6th on Superior
Saturday, May 18; 9:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pick up/Drop off: Every 15 minutes in front of Hyatt between E.4th and E. 6th on Superior

In addition to all the pertinent information regarding to race weekend, this year's Health & Fitness Expo is expected to feature more than 200 vendors offering discounted running gear and other health-related items and services. Course talks featuring pace team leaders and other running experts, including marathon legend Bill Rodgers, are also a popular feature of the Expo. The event serves as a final chance at registration for any races not yet sold out.

"We're pleased to welcome back Prayers From Maria as part of the 2013 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon," said Jack Staph, Executive Director of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. "Their organization is a perfect fit for our mission to not only put on a world class race, but to provide the opportunity for charities to advance their cause by partnering with the race."

The Prayers From Maria Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation was started by Ed and Megan McNamara, whose 7-year-old daughter, Maria, died in July 2007, just a little over a year after being diagnosed with a Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). The Foundation is dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for the deadliest childhood brain tumors known as gliomas; raising public awareness about gliomas and bringing hope to children and their families who deal with the hardships of this disease. For more information on the Prayers From Maria Foundation, please go to www.prayersfrommaria.org.

One of the 50 oldest races in the country, the 2013 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will take place May 18-19, 2013. The following opportunities are available for people to participate in the event: full marathon, half marathon, 10K, full marathon walking division, half marathon walking division, 10K walking division, 5K (run or walk) and Kids' Run. Online registration is now closed, but available at the Expo. To learn more, visit www.clevelandmarathon.com.

Last year, both the full marathon and half marathon sold out and the 10K and 5K came close to reaching their respective caps as well. 20,008 people competed in the 2012 events over the course of the weekend. Race organizers are expecting more than 22,000 participants for the 36th annual event in May.

There are also opportunities for non-profit organizations to raise funds through their participation in the race through Cleveland Marathon Charities, for which information can also be found on the marathon's website.

For more information on the I-X Center, including directions, please visit www.ixcenter.com.

About the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is in its 36th year of providing a fitness experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their abilities. The event offers a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon - all of which participants can choose to run or walk. More than 350,000 runners have participated, generating more than $18 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 and 5K events.

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