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April 17, 2024

Cleveland Marathon Announces Duncan Toys as 2024 Kids Fun Run Title Sponsor

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CLEVELAND - (April 17, 2024) — The Cleveland Marathon announced today that Duncan Toys, one of the world’s largest and most recognized toy brands, has joined as title sponsor for the 2024 Kids Fun Run. Race weekend, which features 5k, 10k, half and full marathon distances as well as a multi-race challenge series and kids fun run, will take place May 18 and 19.

The Duncan Toys Kids Fun Run presented by Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital will take place on St. Clair Avenue Northeast (near Mall B) Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. Kids 12 and under will have the chance to run through the iconic Cleveland Marathon finish line and earn their very own finisher medal before enjoying live entertainment and refreshing snacks and drinks. Specific distances will be assigned to different age groups to help challenge young runners and promote healthy, active lifestyles.

  • Runners 2 & Under - 50 yards

  • 3-6 years old – 50-100 yards

  • 7-8 years old - 1/4 mile

  • 9-12 years old - 1/2 mile

“I love the Kids Fun Run because there’s nothing better than watching young people feel the sense of accomplishment and exhilaration when they cross a finish line, many of them for the first time,” said Race Director Ralph Staph. “We are so appreciative of Duncan Toys and their generous support of this race.”

“For 95 years, the core of our company’s mission has been to help kids of all ages find their inner fun,” said Mike Burke, Duncan Toys’ Director of Sales and Marketing. “Our yo-yos and other activity toys get kids off their devices, on their feet and taking part in a healthy activity, just like the Kids Fun Run does. Aligning with this event and helping bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of kids as they cross the finish line was a perfect fit for Duncan.” 

The Kids Fun Run will feature Duncan’s professional yo-yo performers, giveaways of Duncan’s full line of toys and free yo-yos for all competitors. More details can be found at

The Cleveland Marathon is the region’s premier distance running event. One of the nation’s oldest marathons, the race continues to dazzle runners as they snake through historic streets, move past national landmarks like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and enjoy awe-inspiring views of Lake Erie.


About the Cleveland Marathon

One of the 50 oldest races in the country, the Cleveland Marathon features the following opportunities: Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Challenge Series. Online registration and additional information are 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 Duncan Toys

For 95 years, Duncan® Toys has been putting smiles on the faces of its customers with its legendary assortment of yo-yos and other activity toys. Today, Duncan is one of the world’s largest and most recognized toy makers with a full line of products ranging across all major categories. Founded during the Great Depression, Duncan has always embodied curiosity and invention that could only be fueled by the uniquely entrepreneurial spirit of America. Customers trust the Duncan name and know it brings with it a promise of quality, craftsmanship and tremendous value.

From schoolyard demonstrators selling hand-carved wooden yo-yos, to modern world champions touring the globe, the way we play is always changing, but the reasons we play are not. Duncan is committed to engaging children of all ages and all generations with high-quality toys. Whether you are shopping for your child or for your own inner child, Duncan’s toys will help you find your inner fun. Find out more at