We Run This City 

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon,
We Run The City

Help We Run This City keep its promise - Please donate today!

When the YMCA's We Run This City youth marathon program launched back in 2006, they quickly learned that many of their runners were showing up on race day with shoes that were either too small or not appropriate for running. Since 2008, thanks to generous discounts from local vendors, the program has been able to provide high quality, properly fit running shoes to all of their runners. Please help keep this promise. Simply click on the image below and scroll all the way to the bottom to donate or choose a specific fundraiser.

Thank you for your support!

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About the program

Youth Marathon Program 

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We Run This City is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.

Student runners train during a 14-week period to participate in one of four race options: a 1.2 mile run on race day to complete a "marathon" after accumulating 25 training miles from March through May; the 10K (6.2 miles); the half marathon (13.1 miles); or the full marathon (26.2 miles). This year, an anticipated 550 student runners will complete the 1.2 mile race, with an additional 125 running the 10K, 35 half marathoners and five student runners competing in the full marathon.

For more information about the program; visit the website, call Alan Armstrong at (216) 263-6296 or email him at aarmstrong@clevelandymca.org.