We Run This City 

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon,
We Run The City

Youth Marathon Program 

We Run This City Logo

We Run This City is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.

Student runners train during a 14-week period to participate in one of four race options: a 1.2 mile run on race day to complete a "marathon" after accumulating 25 training miles from March through May; the 10K (6.2 miles); the half marathon (13.1 miles); or the full marathon (26.2 miles). This year, an anticipated 550 student runners will complete the 1.2 mile race, with an additional 125 running the 10K, 35 half marathoners and five student runners competing in the full marathon.

For more information about the program; visit the website, call Alan Armstrong at (216) 263-6296 or email him at aarmstrong@clevelandymca.org.



momentum fundraiser - help support our kids

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, please join the staff and Community Advisory Board of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland's We Run This City youth marathon program at their inaugural MOMENTUM "Fun-raiser." Tickets are $ 75 in advance and $ 85 at the door.  This celebration of fall flavors, Latin music and the We Run This City program partnership between the Y, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will be held at The Foundry youth rowing center located at 1831 Columbus Road in the Flats from 6 to 10 p.m. Valet parking will be provided. 

Since 2006, We Run This City has introduced running to more than 7,000 student runners, with over 4,500 of them completing their 12-16 week training program and making it to the finish line on race day as part of the Rite Aid Cleveland marathon. As the program's tag line suggests, "crossing the finish line is just the beginning" for these We Run This City student runners.  We hope you will consider joining them in a celebration of locally-sourced fall foods, a silent auction and the eclectic Latin fusion sound of Son Gitano as we raise funds for this terrific program in one of Cleveland's most interesting new venues, The Foundry.