Challenge Series

Cleveland Marathon Challenge Series


The Cleveland Marathon Challenge Series 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

To be included in the Challenge Series and receive its benefits, you must register under one of the four Challenge Series 2-Day Distance Combos. If you register individually for the 2 events, you will not be included in the Challenge Series.

You may run or walk in the Challenge Series. When you register, you will be asked to select the Running or Walking Division. Please choose at the time of registration. Walkers who participate in the Challenge Series will not be categorized in any of the Official Walking Divisions (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K).

Dates and Times

The Challenge Series spans two days (Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16). Participants who take on the challenge will be required to finish one event each day.

First event: Fall, 2021 - Events include the 5K or 10K starting at 7:30 am at Superior Ave. and W. 3rd Street just west of Public Square, Downtown, Cleveland (Start and Finish).

Second event: Fall, 2021 - Events include the full marathon or half marathon starting at 7:00 am at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (formerly known as Quicken Loans Arena) and finishing at Superior Ave. and W. 3rd Street, just west of Public Square.



Challenge Series  finishers will receive individual medals for each event, plus a challenge medal specific to their series. Challenge medals can be claimed on Sunday, May 16 in an area separate from the finish line at Public Square. After you exit the finish line corral, look for the Challenge Medal Tent, located on the north side of Superior.

Finishers will also receive two T-shirts (one for each event) and an exclusive gift. These items are to be picked up: Location TBD