Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon running and walking divisions

Running and walking divisions

The Cleveland Marathon features a relatively flat and fast 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 for a complete tour of Cleveland. The Full Marathon course is USATF certified and a Boston Qualifier.


Sunday, May 17, 2020



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 maps & elevation




full  elevation


All Marathon runners will receive a technical short-sleeved tech T-shirt, goody bag, virtual race 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 Full Marathon on 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. 9106 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland – miles 11.8 miles

8/15. 11810 Lake Avenue – 13.8 and 21.5 miles
   *Weather Flags

9/14. Lakewood Park (Lake Ave. and Belle) – 14.8 and 21 miles
    Full Medical Tent

10/13. 17818 Lake – 15.9 and 19.5 miles
   *GEL, Weather Flags

11/12. 19546 Lake Road, Rocky River – 17 & 18.4 miles

16. West Blvd & Edgewater, Cleveland -  22.7 miles 

17. 6105 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland - 24.5 miles

18. Detroit Avenue at W. 28th Street, Cleveland - 25.1 miles

* Please note, there will be a University Hospitals first aid station at each water stop and a full medical tent at Water Station #9/14

Gear Check

Gear Check Information

Marathon Prize Money

 Prize Money Information

Age Groups Awards (Running Division)

The top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive an award that will be mailed out after the event.

Age Groups:

  • 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 Groups Awards (Walking Division)

Top 5 overall male and female will get an award for the 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.

Marathon Course Time Limit

The Rite Aid Cleveland 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 full marathon course will be open for 7 hours beginning at 7:00 a.m for both runners and walkers.

All full 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 7-hour course time limit. Please note that the 7-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 for safety purposes as the roads will be re-opened to traffic. Please remember that water stations and course security will not be available once the streets re-open to traffic. In addition, the finish line area may be in the process of being disassembled when you arrive.


Please be advised that runners must keep a 7-hour pace or better to maintain open access to the marathon (and half-marathon) course. For runner safety and to adhere to street closure ordinances worked out with communities along the course route, participants who fall behind this pace who wish to finish will be required to move to the sidewalks, where available. The finish line will remain open and be staffed beyond the 7-hour mark to allow for these participants to complete their race experience

Full marathon runners and walkers must be at W. 65th and Franklin by 10:35 a.m. or you will be asked to continue in the half marathon course.