Cleveland Marathon running and walking divisions

Running and walking divisions

The Cleveland Marathon features a relatively flat and fast course, great volunteer support and a scenic view of downtown Cleveland and its major landmarks. The course has been designed for our athletes to enjoy views of Lake Erie and many other Cleveland highlights for a complete tour of Cleveland. The full marathon course is USATF certified and a Boston Qualifier.


Sunday, May 16, 2021


Marathon start (runners and walkers): 7:00 am
Handcycle start: 6:50 am

start location

Ontario St. just south of Huron Road next to the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (formerly known as Quicken Loans Arena)

Suggested arrival is 6:00 am

The Start Line Map is helpful to runners and spectators, providing a chance to learn the area so you can easily navigate on race day.



finish location

Superior Ave. and W. 3rd Street just west of Public Square

course map and elevation

View PDF Map

View PDF Turn-by-Turns

 View Interactive Map Below


full  elevation

*Route may change slightly due to construction



All marathon runners and walkers will receive a short-sleeved tri-blend T-shirt in men's/women's cut, goody bag, finisher's medal, food and refreshments at the finish line, and one free Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer or Tito's drink (21 and over only).


Water Stations

Water/Aid Stations along the full marathon route on Sunday, May 16

1. St. Clair and E. 13th Street, Cleveland – 1.7 miles

2. 1295 Old River Road, Cleveland – 3.4 miles

3. Canal Road (before tunnel/behind Tower City) – 5.3 miles

4. Professor and Jefferson, Tremont – 7.3 Miles

5. W. 19th Street and Abbey – 9 miles
    Gel and Weather Flags

6. 6212 Franklin Blvd. – 10.6 miles

7. 9106 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland – miles 11.8 miles

8/15. 11810 Lake Avenue – 13.8 and 21.5 miles
    Weather Flags

9/14. Lakewood Park (Lake Ave. and Belle) – 14.8 and 21 miles
    Full Medical Tent

10/13. 17818 Lake – 15.9 and 19.5 miles
    Gel and Weather Flags

11/12. 19546 Lake Road, Rocky River – 17 & 18.4 miles

16. West Blvd. and Edgewater, Cleveland – 22.7 miles 

17. 6105 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland – 24.5 miles

18. Detroit Avenue at W. 28th Street, Cleveland – 25.1 miles

*There will be a University Hospitals first aid station at each water stop and a full medical tent at Water Station #9/14


Gear Check - TBD

Packet Pick-up - tbd

Marathon Prize Money

 Prize Money Information

Age Group Awards (Running Division)

The top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive an award that will be mailed out after the event.

-Top 3 Males and Females in each Age Group:

  • 14 & Under
  • 15 - 19
  • 20 - 24
  • 25 - 29
  • 30 - 34
  • 35 - 39
  • 40 - 44
  • 45 - 49
  • 50 - 54
  • 55 - 59
  • 60 - 64
  • 65 - 69
  • 70 & Over

Awards (Walking Division)

The top three overall male and female finishers in the Marathon Walking Division will receive an award that will be mailed out after the event.

 In order to compete in the walking division, you will be expected to walk the entire distance; completion of the course is on the honor system.

If you win an award and did not walk the entire route, you will be expected to inform the race officials in order to move you into the Marathon Running Division.


Marathon Course Time Limit

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon route is secured by city officials who are obligated to maintain traffic flow and re-open street closures within a reasonable and set timeframe on race day. The full marathon course will be open for 7 hours beginning at 7:00 am for both runners and walkers.

All full marathon participants, both runners and walkers, must reach various checkpoints along the route in order to maintain the proper pace to ensure completing within the 7-hour course time limit. Please note that the 7-hour time limit is based on clock time, not chip time. Participants must maintain the scheduled time/pace per mile at various locations. If you cannot maintain the time, our recovery vehicle will pick you up and shuttle you to the finish line. Should you wish to continue, you will be directed to move to the sidewalk for the duration of the route for safety purposes as the roads will be re-opened to traffic. Please remember that water stations and course security will not be available once the streets re-open to traffic. In addition, the finish line area may be in the process of being disassembled when you arrive.


Please be advised that all participants must keep a 7-hour pace or better to maintain open access to the marathon (and half marathon) course. For runner safety and to adhere to street closure ordinances worked out with communities along the course route, participants who fall behind this pace who wish to finish will be required to move to the sidewalks, where available. The finish line will remain open and be staffed beyond the 7-hour mark to allow for these participants to complete their race experience.

Full marathon runners and walkers must be at W. 65th and Franklin by 10:35 am or you will be asked to continue in the half marathon course.