12.11.07 - Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Launches Online Community for Participants
Blog, forums and route planner features designed to enhance training experience
CLEVELAND (Dec. 11, 2007) – Participants in the 31st annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K now have the opportunity to interact online to ask questions, share opinions and news, and plan training routes for the May 18 event. Through a partnership with realbuzz.com, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon recently launched its online community at www.clevelandmarathon.com, making it one of the first road races in the country to do so.
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon’s online community features forums, blogs and route planners to help enhance the participants’ training and race preparation experience.
The blog feature is a way for runners to journal their personal running experience in an “online diary” type format. Additionally, bloggers can use the site’s training log function to track their runs and record information about weather, course conditions and other relevant information. Depending on the preference of the blogger, the blogs can be either private or shared with the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon community.
The forum feature provides an interactive online community for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon events, which allows runners to share information among themselves about the race, training, helpful advice and other event-related questions. Runners new to the event and out-of-town runners can ask questions and share opinions in real time.
The training route planner provides an opportunity for runners to map and share training runs virtually, instead of having to drive the route or guess their mileage. The service is offered free to the running community and uses detailed interactive maps and satellite images. Runners can also plan and save running routes for future reference. As runners save their routes, they can also search for other routes based on zips codes and cities in order to find running routes when they travel or visit a new area.
The 31st annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will hit the streets of Cleveland on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 7:00 a.m., and weave runners through historic and scenic parts of the city. There will be a 26.3 Mile Rock Party at the finish line featuring food and live music. Those who are interested in participating in the marathon, half marathon, 10K, wheelchair challenge, walking divisions or kid’s race, can register online at www.clevelandmarathon.com or call 1-800-467-3826 for more information.
Realbuzz.com is the UK’s most popular lifestyle and community online networking site, aimed at individuals interested in fitness and nutrition. Realbuzz.com is now extending its services - turn-key, branded forums, blogs and route planners - to the US running event community, providing easy-to-use web tools that enhance the event web site, and create a community among the participants.
About the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K is in its 31st year of providing a running experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their abilities. More than 260,000 runners have participated, generating more than $12 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.
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