Interesting Facts 

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is one of the longest standing running traditions in the Midwest. Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2018, it is one of the 50 oldest marathons in the U.S.

Throughout its history, the Cleveland Marathon has won many awards and received national recognition as a top running event. Below are just a few of the most recent.

  • One of the 15 best spring marathons in the U.S. by dailyburn.com (2016)
  • One of the 13 fastest marathons in the U.S. by verywell.com (2016)
  • One of 8 best spring half marathons in the U.S. by verywell.com (2016) 
  • One of the 13 fastest marathons in the U.S. by running.about.com (2015)
  • One of the 15 best spring marathons in the U.S. by dailyburn.com (2014)
  • One of 14 spring races all runners should try by USA Today (2014)
  • 50 States Series: Top Marathons & Races Worth Traveling For list by Tripadvisor.com’s FlipKey (2014)


The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Both the Marathon and the 10K are USATF certified courses. The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is a member of Running USA, a national organization for the road racing industry.

 
Each year, Cleveland hosts between 15,000-18,000 runners and walkers and thousands more spectators for its various events over Race Weekend.


fun facts about the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

  • Event is one of the 50 oldest marathons in the country
  • Number of years for Cleveland Marathon: 40
  • Number of running shoes expected to pound the streets of Cleveland on May 21: 30,000 + fans and volunteers
  • Number of 12 oz. water bottles used on race day: 21,000
  • Average mile time for the marathon winner: 5 minutes, 36 seconds per mile
  • Number of 5 oz. cups used on the course throughout race: 165,000
  • Number of bananas expected to be eaten by runners: 17,500
  • Gallons of PowerAde used on course during race: 3,230
  • Number of cookies expected to be eaten by runners: 14,400
  • Number of portable restrooms throughout the course: 138
  • Number of people over 65-years-old to finish the full 26.2 mile marathon in 2016: 26
  • Oldest male runner in 2016 was 85 and oldest female runner was 82
  • Youngest male runner in 2016 was 13 and youngest female runner was 10 (marathon only)

 

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