Challenge Series

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Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon,
Challenge Series

Bring it! Three levels for 2019

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon introduces the Challenge Series which offers new options for runners and walkers who wish to challenge themselves! The challenge series is divided into three levels of varying difficulty and requires a 2-day commitment from participants:

  • 8K and full marathon (Total Distance 31.2 miles)
  • 8K and half marathon (Total Distance 18.1 miles)
  • 5K and 10K (Total Distance 9.3 miles)

Please note: To be included in the Challenge Series and recieve its benefits, you must register under one of the three Challenge Series 2-Day Distance Combos. If you register twice for 2 individual events, you will not be included in the Challenge Series. 

Dates and Times

The Challenge Series spans over two days (Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19). Participants who take on the challenge will be required to finish one event per day.

First event on: Saturday, May 18 - Events include the 5K or 8K starting at 8:00am at Superior Avenue and W. 3rd Street just west of Public Square, Downtown, Cleveland (Start and Finish).

Second event on: Sunday, May 19 - Events include the full marathon, half marathon or 10K starting at 7:00 a.m. at Quicken Loans Arena and finishing at Superior Avenue and W. 3rd Street, just west of Public Square!


Exclusive Gift!
To be announced!

Finishers in the Challenge Series will receive individual medals for each event, plus a challenge medal specific to their race. Challenge medals can be claimed on Sunday, May 19 in an area separate from the finish line at Public Square. Look for the Challenge Medal Tent after you exit the finish line corral - it will be on the north side of Superior.

Finishers will also receive 2 T-shirts (one for each event) and an exclusive gift. These items are to be picked up at the Health and Fitness Expo/Packet Pick-up on Friday, May 17.

At the finish line for both events, finishers will recieve food, refreshments and on Sunday a free Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer (21 and over only).

Packet Pick-up 

Pick up for the challenge series will be at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland on Friday, May 17 from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. If you cannot make it Friday, you may pick up your race bib ONLY on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 7:00am at the Registration tent on Public Square (near Soldiers and Sailors Monument).

After you finish, you may then attend the Health and Fitness Expo to pick up your challenge gift and participant shirts.

Please Note: Walkers who participate in the Challenge Series will not be categorized in any of the Official Walking Divisions (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K).