5.9.11 - Sold Out Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Ups the Ante for 26.2 Mile Winners
Increased prize money for the male and female winners offered
CLEVELAND (May 9, 2011) – After selling out both the full marathon and half marathon at the upcoming 34th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on May 15, 2011, the race directors have announced they will make the stakes even higher for the winners of the full marathon by offering an extra $3,000 each to the male and female winner if they finish under a certain time.
“The excitement surrounding this weekend’s events is already soaring,” said Executive Director of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Jack Staph. “We wanted to give the fans at the finish line a little added suspense to make the ‘Cleveland Experience’ even more entertaining for participants and fans alike.”
If the winner of the men’s marathon can break 2:20 for his finishing time, and the women’s marathon winner can break 2:40, they both will claim an additional $3,000 on top of the standard $1,000 for claiming the lowest finishing time. The course records for the event are 2:10:29 for the men, set in 2000, and 2:30:15 for the women, set in 1998.
“This 300% increase in the winners’ purses should make for an interesting finish line on Sunday,” said Staph. “Our revised course is very flat and fast, so the times should be low for all runners, not just the elites.”
The new finish line for the 34th annual event is located between the Cleveland Browns Stadium and Great Lakes Science Center in the heart of the North Coast Harbor. There will be a 26.3-mile finish line rock party with live bands, a beer garden, food vendors and an official gear store set up near the finish area. The finish line is free and open to the public. Those travelling into downtown should give themselves extra time and expect to encounter closed roads and detours, due to the marathon’s course throughout the city.
Sunday’s event includes a 10K, half marathon and full marathon. The 5K and Kids’ Run take place Saturday at the Browns Stadium. The first winners will cross the finish line on Sunday around 7:40 a.m. They will likely be the elite international runners competing in the 10K. The half marathon winners will finish around 8:00 a.m. and the marathon winners will cross the line around 9:20 a.m.
Currently, registration for the 34th annual event is up 25 percent from the same time last year. Race organizers are expecting another year of record registration, with more than 19,000 runners and walkers expected – up from 15,600 in 2010. The full marathon and half marathon have both sold out, but there are still spots available for Sunday’s 10K race and Saturday’s 5K race, which finishes on the field at Browns Stadium.
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, 5K (run or walk) and Kids’ Run. The events take place May 14 and 15, 2011. To register for any of the events, or learn more, visit www.clevelandmarathon.com.
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.
About the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K is in its 34th year of providing a running experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their abilities. More than 280,000 runners have participated, generating more than $15 million annually to benefit the Cleveland community.
· 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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