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April 10, 2018

WOIO, WUAB, and digital platforms will carry events live; Race weekend to include        Health and Fitness Expo, seven distance races.


CLEVELAND (April 6, 2018) – One of Northeast Ohio’s premiere sporting events, the 41st Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, is returning to live television.

WOIO Channel 19 and WUAB Channel 43 are partnering with Cleveland Marathon, Inc. to broadcast the race weekend events of Sunday, May 20, which include the signature marathon race, as well as the half-marathon and 10k.

“The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is a premiere event, with a long legacy that continues to grow with each year,” said Erik Schrader, WOIO/WUAB Vice President and General Manager. “We’re honored to become broadcast and digital partners. There are many great stories to tell with this event and we plan on showcasing them for Northeast Ohio.”

Cleveland 19 News will begin special coverage of Northeast Ohio’s largest running event at 6:30 a.m. in advance of the race’s 7 a.m. start from outside Quicken Loans Arena downtown. At 8:30 a.m. the broadcast switches to CLE 43 WUAB where it will run until 10:30 a.m.

“The marathon is a great event to cover live,” Cleveland 19 News Director Ian Rubin commented. “We have a unique perspective to share as we have several Cleveland 19 News personalities that are participating. We’ll cover this event starting the week leading up to the race like no other station has.”

“We applaud WOIO’s vision for broadcasting the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon because it not only highlights the commitment and inspirational stories behind many of the 15,000 runners but it showcases the energy and beauty of our great city,” said Jack Staph, Executive Race Director, Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.

More than 50,000 runners and spectators are expected to participate in Race Weekend activities, which kick off Friday, May 18 with the Health & Fitness Expo from noon to 7 p.m. at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. It’s free and open to the public.

On Saturday, May 19 the races begin with the 5k and 8k runs at 8 a.m., a one-mile run at 10 a.m., and a kids’ run at 11 a.m., all starting and ending in Public Square. The Expo also runs from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday’s marathon, half-marathon and 10k races begin at 7 a.m. at the northwest corner of Quicken Loads Arena on Ontario Street and finish at the intersection of Superior Avenue and W. 3rd St. The 26.3 Mile Finish Line Rock Party starts at 8:30 a.m.

Registration for any of the race weekend events is available online at

About the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

One of the 50 oldest races in the country, the 2018 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will take place May 19-20. The following opportunities are available for people to participate in the event: full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 8K, 5K, one mile and Kids’ Run. All events except the 8k and 5k feature a walking division. Online registration and additional information is available at

There are opportunities for non-profit organizations to raise funds through their participation in the race through Cleveland Marathon Charities. Find out more at

About Cleveland 19

Cleveland 19 is owned & operated by Raycom Media, Inc. Raycom, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation’s largest broadcasters and owns and/or provides services for 53 television stations in 37 markets and 18 states. Raycom stations cover 13.1% of U.S. television households and employ nearly 4,000 individuals in full and part-time positions. Further information about Raycom can be found at the corporate website,