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9.27.10 - Executive Director of Cleveland Marathon Inducted into Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND (Sept. 27, 2010) – On September 23, Olympic athletes, national champions, state record holders and NFL franchise founders were inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. Rounding out the class of eight was the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Executive Director Jack A. Staph, for meritorious service to the sports community.

Staph helped create the first Cleveland Marathon in 1978 through the funding of his then employer, Revco.  For the past 33 years, he has been a fixture of the event in one shape or form. In 2001, his Cleveland Marathon Inc. bought the race when it was in risk of closing and has since grown participation by 200 percent in the last eight years.

Staph is the president of the Cleveland Marathon, Inc., owner of the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K.  He is also the Executive Director of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, as well as a practicing attorney and counselor in private practice in Pepper Pike, Ohio, specializing in corporate, business and antitrust law. He is also a private investor and an executive in several companies throughout the country.

From 1972 to 1997, Staph served as senior vice president, secretary and general counsel for Revco, D.S., Inc. in Twinsburg, Ohio, the original title sponsor of the race.  Staph was race chairman under the CVS title sponsorship in the early 2000’s and secured the Rite Aid title sponsor relationship after his Cleveland Marathon, Inc. purchased the race in 2001. Staph has been involved with the Cleveland Marathon as race chairman for 33 years and has run in seven marathons around the country.

In the past five years, Staph has added the popular half marathon and 5K events to provide more opportunities for runner and walker participation.  In 2007, he orchestrated Cleveland Marathon Charities, a 501(c)3 that rewards non-profit groups for their participation in the race as volunteers or participants. Thousands of participants and volunteers have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for their charities through the Cleveland Marathon since 2007, and more than $1 million has been raised and donated to charities since the first event in 1978.

The 2010 marathon on May 16 generated nearly $15 million in economic impact for the City of Cleveland and set a new record for runner participation, with 15,631 registrants. Last year’s race saw a 200 percent increase in runners since 2003 and marked the eighth consecutive year of growth. Currently in 2011, registrations are up 85 percent from this time last year, and race directors are expecting more than 18,000 participants on May 14 and 15, 2011.

“The continued growth of this event has captured the attention of not only national companies seeking the attention of the running community, but also local organizations who want to support an event of this magnitude and all the benefits it brings our city,” said Staph. “The two things I’m most proud of regarding the race is bringing significant dollars into the great City of Cleveland and providing an outlet for health and fitness for all ages in Northeast Ohio.”

Councilman Joe Cimperman represents Cleveland’s 3rd Ward and has served in that position since 1997. He is also the newly elected chair of the Health & Human Services Committee, and was honored as Grand Marshal of the 2010 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. “The Cleveland Marathon consistently brings positive attention to our city, supports the health of our community and brings an economic impact that aids in revitalization,” he said. “Council has passed a resolution regarding the efforts of Jack Staph, because his tireless work has improved our community immensely over 33 years through this wonderful event. We thank and commend him.”

The Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1976 as a bicentennial celebration event.  Prior to the 2010 inductions, a total of 456 people have been voted into the hall, 14 of whom have been honored in more than one category, making a total of 470 inductions.  Of those, 361 were selected for their accomplishments in 26 different sports and 109 have been enshrined for meritorious service. Inductees are nominated by a community member, reviewed by the selection advisory board and voted on by the directors of the hall of fame.

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), Kids’ Run and 10K Corporate Team Challenge.  The events take place May 14 and 15, 2011. To register for any of the events, or learn more about the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, 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

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 nearly $15 million annually to benefit the Cleveland community.  More than $1 million has been raised for local charities through Cleveland Marathon Charities’ programs and gifts.

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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