Challenge Series

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon,
Challenge Series

Bring it! Three levels for 2018

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon introduces the Challenge Series which offers new options for runners and walkers who wish to challenge themselves! The challenge series is divided into three levels of varying difficulty and requires a 2-day commitment from participants:

  • 8K and full marathon (Total Distance 31.2 miles)
  • 8K and half marathon (Total Distance 18.1 miles)
  • 5K and 10K (Total Distance 9.3 miles)

The Challenge Series spans over two days (Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20). Participants who take on the challenge will be required to finish one event per day.

First event on: Saturday, May 19 - Events include the 5K or 8K starting at 8am at Public Square.

Second event on: Sunday, May 20 - Events include the full marathon, half marathon or 10K starting at 7:00 a.m. at Quicken Loans Arena and finishing at Superior Avenue and W. 3rd Street, just east of Public Square!

Exclusive Gift!
It is a semi-fitted lightweight hoodie that is 65/35 cotton/poly with a relaxed, unlined hood and a contrast draw-cord - men's & women's sizes available!



Finishers in the Challenge Series will receive individual medals for each event, plus a challenge medal specific to their race. Challenge medals will be distributed on Sunday, May 20 in an area separate from the finish line at Public Square.

2018 Challenge Series Medals coming soon! Here are the 2017 medals:

Challenge Series

Finishers will also receive 2 T-shirts (one for each event) and a special gift. These items are to be picked up at the Health and Fitness Expo/Packet Pick-up on Friday, May 18.

The Health and Fitness Expo/Packet Pick-up for the series will be at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland on Friday, May 18 from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. There is no race day pick up for those in the Challenge Series.

Please Note: Walkers who participate in the Challenge Series will not be categorized in any of the Official Walking Divisions (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K).