University Hospitals Sports Medicine Cleveland Half Marathon

half marathon running and walking divisions

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Our most popular event, The University Hospitals Sports Medicine Cleveland Half Marathon features a relatively fast and flat 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. The 13.1 mile course mirrors the first half of the marathon course. Half marathoners will turn off at that time, but finish at the same location as the marathoners.The half marathon route is USATF certified.


  • USA Track and Field certified
  • 8 water stations along course
  • University Hospitals aid station at every water station
  • Powerade and Honey Stinger gels along course


Sunday, October 24, 2021


Half Marathon start (runners and walkers): 7:00 am

start/finish location


course map and elevation

Subject to Change

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half elevation

*Route may change slightly due to construction



All half 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 (21 and over only).


Water Stations

Water/Aid Stations along the half marathon route on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

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. 6105 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland – 11 miles

8. Detroit Avenue at W. 28th Street, Cleveland – 12 miles

*There will be a University Hospitals first aid station at each water stop 


Gear Check - TBD

Packet Pick-up - tbd

Age Group and Overall Awards (Running Division)

The top three overall male and female finishers PLUS the top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive an award that will mailed after the event. There is no prize money in the half marathon.

-Top 3 Overall Males and Females

-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 Half Marathon Walking Division will receive an award that will be mailed 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 Half Marathon Running Division.


Half Marathon Course Time Limit

The Rite Aid Cleveland Half 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 half marathon course will be open for 4 hours beginning at 7:00 am for both runners and walkers.

All half 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 4-hour course time limit. Please note that the 4-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.