FAQs

When is the new race date?

Our fall dates are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 23 & 24, 2021. The schedule of events is below:

Saturday, October 23 @ 7:30 a.m.: 5K & 10K
Sunday, October 24th @ 7:00 a.m.:  Full and Half Marathon

What are the planned COVID-19 safety protocols?

We take the health and safety of our runners and volunteers very seriously and are working with local and state health departments, as well as our medical partner, University Hospitals, to execute a safe event. As such, there will be a limited number of participants based on local and state guidelines. Health and safety protocols in place for race weekend are as follows:

  • Social distancing and masks will be strongly recommended at the start and finish line
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the Health and Fitness Expo and available at the Gear Check tent on Saturday and Sunday
  • Runners should practice safety etiquette on course and maintain social distancing
  • Masks will be strongly recommended during the Health and Fitness Expo
  • Volunteers will be required to wear masks during race weekend. Volunteers handling food/water will be required to wear masks and gloves
  • Event registration will be at reduced capacity

*We reserve the right to modify these guidelines based on current conditions.

What will the route be?

Routes are now available on our website. Click here to view routes for each distance.

Where is packet pick up?

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
Hall A, 300 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44114

Dates/Times:

Friday, October 22, 2021
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 23, 2021
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Registration

When is the cut-off to change events or transfer to another person?

Online event switching: You will have until Wednesday, October 20th at 8:00 a.m. to change events or edit your participant information. Any changes after that day/time, will need to made at the Solutions Desk at the Expo on Friday or Saturday, October 22 & 23.

Online transfers to another person: Please intiate transfers prior by October 19 so the new person can have their registration complete in time for the October 20 cut off.

If you would like to switch events and you were a deferral from 2020, you will need to contact the Marathon office to switch for you. If you are transferring from somoeone who used a deferral from last year, you will also need to contact us to make the change for you.

EXPO/Person-to-person TRANSFER FORM. Please download, complete and print the TRANSFER FORM. Bring the transferf form (signed by the original participant) and a copy of their ID to the SOLUTIONS DESK at the Expo. TRANSFER FORM

I am trying to switch events but I am getting charged full price, what do I do?

If you are a 2020 deferral and used a promo code to register, the system does not recognize your credit from 2020. Please contact the marathon office to update your registration for you.

How do I confirm whether or not I am registered for 2021?

Click on the Confirm Registration button below and type in your name. Your current registration/subevent will appear in the box.

Confirm Registration

Don't see your registration? Please contact us at info@clevelandmarathon.com

I used my 2020 deferral for 2021, but I would prefer to change my deferral to 2022. Can I make this change?

Yes, but this request must be made by August 1 due to the ordering of supplies, shirts and medals. We kindly ask that you notify us as soon as possible should you want to move from 2021 to 2022. Please submit your request to change by emailing us at info@clevelandmarathon.com. We will make a note of your request and you will receive additional details when registration for 2022 opens.

Are you offering refunds or deferrals?

Sorry, if you are a new 2021 registrant, we are unable to issue any refunds or deferrals. If you cannot participate, you may transfer your registration to another person. There are no deferrals for future events unless you were a 2020 deferral.

I’m not comfortable attending the race in-person. How do I participate virtually?

Registration is open for the virtual race for October 23 & 24, 2021. If you are already registered, please contact us at info@clevelandmarathon.com to be switched into the virtual.

Will there be a transfer fee to switch to another person or different event?

Yes, a $15 transfer fee is in place to transfer to another person and/or another event.

I am a 2020 deferral. How do I transfer to another person or switch subevents?

If you used a deferral or comp code to register and would like to transfer to another person or another subevent please contact the Marathon Office for assistance. info@clevelandmarathon.com

I’m fundraising for one of your Official Charity Partners. What will happen to the funds raised if you change the date of the race or if I decide to run the virtual option?

Whether or not you are registered for the virtual race or in-person race, our Charity Partners will continue receiving all of the funds raised. In addition, our current charities will remain on board through 2022 so keep fundraising!

What are the registration policies for 2021?

Please review the following 2021 policies carefully prior to registering:
  • No refunds or deferrals will be offered except for the following:
    Participants who deferred their registration in 2020 may defer their registration for one more year. All 2020 registrations must be used by 2022.
  • All fee increase dates will be published on our website and announced on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  • Participants may switch events from one distance to another. There is a $15 fee to change events. If you used a deferral code from 2020 and would like to change events, please contact us at info@clevelandmarathon.com.

  • Participants may transfer their regsitration to another person. There is a $15 fee to transfer to another person.

    *Instructions for both event switching and transfers can be found below

I purchased the protection policy when I registered. How do I file a claim?

When you purchase a protection policy through FanShield, you will receive an email directly from them with the information on how to file a claim. If you did not see the email, you may go to this link to file your claim:  https://www.fanshield.insure/ohio-terms

If the event is virtual, the policy will still function the same and filing the claim will follow all the normal protocols.

Please note the FanShield policies in regards to COVID-19 or go to FanShield FAQs.

*Please note: Your protection policy is only applicable to the current registration year.

Is it safe and secure to register over the internet and is my personal information protected? 

YES! The Cleveland Marathon has partnered Race Roster. Read their privacy policy.

I registered for a Cleveland Marathon event and now I am unable to run. Can I get my money back or transfer to another year? 

We are sorry, but we do not offer refunds or transfers to future races.

How do I edit the information I entered in my registration? 

 How To Edit

Can I transfer to another sub-event or new participant?

Yes! See instructions below. These options are only available until Wednesday, October 20 at 8:00am. After that time, you will be able to make these changes at the Expo.

How To Transfer

Can't I just "give" my entry to my friend if I cannot run?

No. Due to USATF rules and regulations, each participant must register himself/herself and sign his/her own waiver. Any walker or runner who is participating with another participant’s bib number can be disqualified at the discretion of the race director.

What is included in my entry fee?

Every participant will receive a short-sleeved shirt, goody bag, medal, finish line refreshments and more. Additionally, entry fees are used to ensure that the course is free of cars and safe for all participants.

Can I change my estimated finish time or corral assignment?

Yes. If you entered your estimated finish time incorrectly during registration, or if your pace has increased since you registered, please edit your finish time before 9/15/2021.

Please email us directly for further assistance: info@clevelandmarathon.com

Challenge Series

What is the Challenge Series?

The Challenge Series was developed for those who are ready to challenge themselves by running two days in a row (Saturday and Sunday) and to add more variety to the race weekend event choices. Participants can choose from four levels and will receive special incentives for completing the series. See more details here. We offer 4 levels for the Challenge Series: 5K/Half Marathon, 5K/Marathon, 10K/Half Marathon, 10K/Marathon.

Why not just run two individual events – what is the difference?

Participants who complete the Challenge Series receive more than if they just register for two individual events. Each Challenge Series participant will receive 2 shirts, 3 medals and an exclusive gift that may be picked up.

What is the deadline to register for the Challenge Series?

The deadline to register for the 2021 Challenge Series is October 1, 2021, unless announced otherwise.

Can I walk in the Challenge Series?

Yes! Challenge Series participants may run or walk either one or both of the race distances. During registration, you will be asked if you will run or walk.

Will I receive two separate bibs for the Challenge Series – one for each event?

You will receive one bib that should be used for both days. Please be sure to keep your bib after your Saturday run.

out-of-town guests

Can you direct me to your host hotel as well as other hotels in close proximity to the start and finish line area?

Our host hotel is the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade is sold out but we still have rooms at the Westin. Please visit the Hotel page on our website to make your reservation.

I am traveling to Cleveland for race weekend. Do you have any suggestions on things to do and where to eat?

There’s so much to do in Cleveland throughout the year, but especially during race weekend as well as a great variety of restaurants in many of our featured neighborhoods!  Check out our Plan Your Visit page and start getting ready to be #ALLINCLE!

SPONSORS

Who are the sponsors of the event? 

The new title sponsor of the Cleveland Marathon is Union Home Mortgage. We are thrilled to also partner with University Hospitals, Planet Fitness, Meijer, Moving Ahead Services, Think Media Studios, Great Lakes Brewing Company and more. To see the full list of sponsors, please click here.

How can I become a sponsor of the race? 

Our sponsorship program offers a variety of benefits and we will work exclusively with you to tailor a program that meets your organization's marketing goals, objectives and budgetary needs. We invite you to become a part or our team and enjoy the long-term benefits of being part of this long standing Cleveland tradition. To learn more about our sponsorship program click here.

VOLUNTEERS & SPECTATORS

I have a friend who would like to volunteer, can they help?

Yes! We welcome you to be a part of our Race Crew and join our Volunteer Program. We always need an extra set of hands! Please visit our volunteer page to learn about the opportunities available for volunteers.

CHARITY PROGRAM

Do you have a Charity Program? How do I become a Charity Partner? 

Our 2022 Charity Program will open for new submissions in November 2021. Please direct any questions to info@clevelandmarathon.com. Please view our current list of charity partners here.

handcycle division

Is there a Wheelchair and/or Handcycle Division in the race?

No, unforunately due to full marathon route changes, the handcycle event will not take place in 2021.

rules and regulations

What are the age requirements for registering for a particular event? 

Participants under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their Registration Waiver for all events. We do not recommend that participants under 18 run in the full marathon event.

Is there a bag or backpack policy? 

Bags and backpacks are strongly discouraged at the Start/Finish areas on race day. For participants, clear gear check bags will be provided and those must be used for gear check on race day. Spectators are asked to travel lightly as well. Those with diaper bags, purses and other items should note that their bags could be searched in the vicinity of the start and finish lines. Any unattended bags are subject to search and removal from the premises.

Are strollers or baby joggers allowed on the course?

NO. Strollers and baby joggers are prohibited.

Am I allowed to ride my bike on course to follow a participant?

NO. As part of our security measures, there are no spectators (on or off bikes) allowed on the official course. Only those part of the Official Medical team and Wheelchair exhibition pacers allowed.

Expo/packet pick-up

Can someone else pick up my bib and race packet for me?

YES! Someone other than the registered runner may pick up the race packet at the Expo. They will need to have a photo copy or screenshot of your ID or a copy of your Race Roster confirmation email printout. BUT - everyone must show an I.D. to get a packet. A photocopy will suffice, but no packets will be given out without proper I.D.

Can I pick up my race packet on race day?

No, there is no packet pick-up race day. You may however, pick up your 5k or 10k (BIB ONLY) on site before the race. The other items in your packet will be available at the Expo only.

I won't be able to participate; can I still pick up my t-shirt?

YES! Please contact us to make arrangements for t-shirt pick-up: info@clevelandmarathon.com

course and finish line

How many water stations are there on the course? What type of energy drink and gel are available? 

Full and Half Marathon Routes:  7 locations (runners will pass multiple times)
10K/5K Routes: 10K - 3 water stops; 5K - 2 stops

Energy gel on course this year will be provided by CarbBoom! Energy Gel. Flavors include Banana-Peach, Raspberry and Vanilla for the Sunday events on October 24. Gels will be at water stops #3, #5 and #6.

Powarade will be provided at each water station except W. 58th and the Shoreway. Flavor is Mountain Berry Blast.

Is the water provided along the course clean and safe to drink? 

YES! The water we use on the course on race weekend is from hydrants that are flushed twice before race day. The hydrants are flushed two weeks before the race and once again the day before the race or race morning. The process we use to obtain the drinking water results is the same quality that a Cleveland resident would receive from turning on the faucet. The Cleveland Water Department tests the water quality and assures us that it is safe. We also purchase new hoses every year to ensure the highest level of quality for our participants. And, as an added safety feature, our water stop volunteers wear gloves while distributing the cups.

COURSE CERTIFICATION & GPS DISCREPANCIES  

The Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K courses are certified each year according to USATF standards, using a bike equipped with a calibrated measuring wheel and following the shortest possible route (tangents). Additional distance discrepancies are caused by the actual route run on the course and the accuracy of individual GPS units being used by runners.

Click here to read an article on course certification and the accuracy of GPS measurements.

other

Is the Cleveland Marathon a Boston Marathon qualifier?

YES! Our marathon course is measured and certified, and runners who meet the required Boston Marathon finisher's times at our race can qualify for Boston.

What is the temperature usually like on race day in Cleveland?

Typically, during the third weekend in May, the average high temperature in Cleveland is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The low is 49 degrees. It's often chilly in the morning, but it warms up rather quickly. Layers are advised for all runners! For more details, please click here for the National Weather Service page. 

We antiticpate weather in October will be in the low 60's but will check as we get closer to the race.

The Cleveland Marathon is now an AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group Qualifier? What does that mean?

We have been chosen as one of the qualifying events for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings which is comprised of a one-year qualifying period during which athletes in nine separate age groups can compete in over 50 marathons across the world to earn ranking points.

At the end of the qualifying period, the top ranked runners in each age group will be invited to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships, to be held in 2021. The rankings cover age groups from 40 and up. The qualifying period runs from October 13, 2019 - October 11, 2020.  Get more info here.

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