For Your Health

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

Chad W. Lutz
Historically, the City of Cleveland is known for a number of things. Disgustingly polluted rivers that spontaneously catch fire, coining the phrase “Rock N Roll,” and a host of sports teams falling just short of winning the ultimate prize. Its hospitals have championed cancer and life-threatening heart conditions, and its nightlife hosts some of the most eclectic hot spots in the country. However, one thing that Cleveland, and Ohio in general, has recently become famous for are its marathons.

The weekend of May 13th- 15th, 2011, the Pennsylvania-based Ride Aide Corporation will host the 34th Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, &10K. An event that truly promises to “Rock,” the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon has become one of the premiere running events in Ohio along with the Road Runner Akron Marathon held at the end of every September and the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon held every May.

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, which takes runners on a scenic route of the City by the Lake, including a run-by of Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Great Lakes Science Center, kicks off with a 5K and 1-Mile Kid’s Run at 8:00a.m. Saturday morning, the marathon, half marathon, and 10K begin at 7:00a.m. on Sunday. All races use chip-timing devices.

First run in 1978, the 26.2-mile marathon course begins on W. 3 and ends on Erieside Dr. All participants receive a goodie bag at the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Expo held from Friday, May 13th (11:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.) through Saturday, May 14th (10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.) at the Great Lakes Science Center on Babbit Rd. in Euclid. Each year, nearly 40,000 runners and walkers come out to take on the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and all of its exciting road race events.

All finishers receive a commemorative medallion upon completion of the race and a certificate of participation mailed to all finishers after the race. The top three overall finishers in both the males and females divisions, as well as the top three overall finishers and the top three finishers in each age division in every race receive an award.

Whether you’re a seasoned marathon veteran looking to qualify for Boston, or someone new to running just looking for a fun and healthy way to stay active, the 34th Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon strums all the right chords. Kick off your own “Cleveland Experience” by lacing up against some of Cleveland’s best and brightest stars in running or show your family and friends 26.2 isn’t just another number, but a way of life.

Follow this link for more information about the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and don’t forget to register for this year’s events.

Happy Running!