Challenge Series

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon,
Challenge Series


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 four levels of varying difficulty and requires a 2-day commitment from participants:

  • 10K and Full Marathon
  • 10K and Half Marathon
  • 5K and Full Marathon
  • 5K and Half Marathon

*Please note, the 10k has been moved to Saturday, May 16. There is no longer an 8k as part of the series.

* You may choose to run or walk in the Challenge Series. When you register you will be asked Running or Walking Division. Please choose at the time of registration.

Please note: To be included in the Challenge Series and recieve its benefits, you must register under one of the four 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 16 and Sunday, May 17). Participants who take on the challenge will be required to finish one event per day.

First event on: Saturday, May 16 - Events include the 5K or 10K starting at 7:30 a.m. at Superior Avenue and W. 3rd Street just west of Public Square, Downtown, Cleveland (Start and Finish).

Second event on: Sunday, May 17 - Events include the full marathon or half marathon starting at 7:00 a.m. at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (formerly known as Quicken Loans Arena) and finishing at Superior Avenue and W. 3rd Street, just west of Public Square!


In addition, 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 17 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 15.

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).


2020 Exclusive challenge series Gift

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This year's Challenge Series participants will receive a custom Sport Bag for all of your gym/running needs. See below for more details:

  • Unique diagonal zippered opening to main compartment
  • Front zippered pocket with gussets
  • Side mesh water bottle pocket
  • Side zippered pocket for essentials
  • Top grab handles
  • Locker loop
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Removable floorboard for extra support


Be sure you pick up your bag at the Health and Fitness Expo when you pick up your bib and t-shirts!!

Packet Pick-up 

Pick up for the challenge series will be at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland on Friday, May 15 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 16 beginning at 6:00am 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).