For Your Health

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Preview

Chad W. Lutz
What began in 1976 under the surname Revco Cleveland Marathon continues its tradition on May 20 as the 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon kicks off the 35th installment of the 26.2-mile event. Originally starting in Hudson, Ohio, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon now features an entirely metropolitan course and includes a half marathon, 10k, 5k and Kid’s Fun Run events. Beginning with the 5k race on Saturday, May 19, runners from the far reaches of Ohio and around the world gather to test limits and take on downtown Cleveland in search of personal bests, fond memories and great times.

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon serves as a perfect opportunity for runners chasing Boston glory to qualify for the infamous race on a relatively flat and fast course. The Cleveland Marathon course features an elevation profile comparable to the Boston Marathon (433ft. in total elevation gain) and begins and ends outside of Browns Stadium. The course also includes portions of Ohio City, East 9th, and takes runners by Jacobs Field (notice I didn’t write Progressive Field) and The Q.

Full marathon, half marathon and 10k festivities begin at 7:00am. on Sunday, May 20. The 5k starts at 8:00am. the previous day, followed by a Kid’s Fun Run at 11:00am. Runners previously registered may pick up race packets at the Health and Fitness Expo sponsored by Prayers from Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation. Expo hours run from Friday, May 18; 11:00am. to 7:00pm. through Saturday; 10:00am. to 6:00pm.

Special features awaiting 2012 runners include the 26.3 Mile Rock Party featuring live bands, refreshments, and as many bananas as you can stomach. Runners also receive special offers and discounts from area businesses and restaurants, such as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and many others. Each runner receives a technical t-shirt and finishing medal. Winners of Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon events win cash prize (and some pretty serious bragging rights), as well.
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Space is limited, but spots still remain for all events and registration will be available at the marathon expo for anyone still interested in participating. Check out the marathon homepage for more details. Don’t make the mistake of missing out on all the fun by the lake in 2012. Sign up today!