University Hospitals Sports Medicine Cleveland Half Marathon

half marathon running and walking division

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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.



Sunday, May 17, 2020



Half Marathon Start (runners and walkers): 7:00 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 6:00am

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 west of Public Square

Post-Race Party

Once you leave the runner service area upon finishing, you may join our post-race party on Public Square. The celebration area features a beer garden, music, food and more!

course map & elevation

View PDF Map

View PDF Turn-by-Turns




half elevation

*Please note: 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 or Tito's drink. (21 and over only)

Water Stations

Water/Aid Stations along the Half Marathon Sunday, May 17

 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

* Please note, there will be a University Hospitals first aid station at each water stop 

Gear Check

Gear Check Information

Age Group and Overall Awards (Running Division)

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

-Top 3 Male/Female Overall

-Age Groups - Top 3 male and Female

  • 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

Age Group Awards (Walking Division)

Top 3 overall male and females will get an award for the half marathon walking division. Awards will be mailed out after the event.

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 marathon running division.

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.


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 time frame on race day. The half marathon course will be open for 4 hours beginning at 7:00 a.m.

All half marathon participants, both runners and walkers, must be at various checkpoints along the route in order to maintain the proper pace to ensure completing within the 4-hour time frame. Please note that the 4-hour time limit is based upon 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.