The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, begun in 1976, is one of the 50 oldest marathons in the United States. The 26.3 mile marathon, 10k run, half marathon, and kids run, are held in late May each year and accompanied by a health and fitness expo and a kick-off dinner. Proceeds help local Northeast Ohio charities. The 2014 race day is May 18.
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon events include a marathon, a half marathon, a 10K walk and run, a wheelchair challenge, and a kids walk and run. The marathon, half marathon and 10K races are held on Sunday and the 5K and kids races are held the day before.
The races start in front of FirstEnergy Stadium in downtown Cleveland. The 5K event starts at 8am on Saturday; the kids race begins at at 11am. All Sunday races start at 7am.
How to Register and Cost:
All entrants must register and pick up their packet prior to race day. Cost are as follows (lower prices are for early registration):
- Marathon (walk, wheelchair challenge, and run) -- $100 until May 13, 2012; $110 to register on race weekend
- Half Marathon (walk, wheelchair challenge, and run) -- $85 until May 13; $95 on race weekend
- 10K (walk, wheelchair challenge, and run) -- $40 until May 13; $50 on race weekend
- 5K -- $35 until May 13; $45 on race weekend
- Kids event -- $12
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Health and Fitness Expo is being held at the Cleveland I-X Center Friday and Saturday prior to race day. The expo will feature more than 100 health and fitness exhibitors. The 2012 times are Friday from 11am to 7pm and Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
The Pre-Race Pasta Dinner:
In conjunction with the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, the Hyatt Regency, located in the Arcade downtown, is hosting a pasta dinner Saturday evening before the race, from 6pm to 8pm. The menu includes salad, "create your own pasta" bar, rolls and butter, and iced tea or lemonade. The cost is $22 for adults and $15 for kids.
The 26.3 Mile Rock Party:
The after-race party is held just past the finish line at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday. This free event will feature live music, food, giveaways, and lots of fun. The festivities starts at 830am and the public is welcome.
Volunteer for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon:
More than 2000 volunteers are needed to make the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon a success. For more information, or to sign up, see the event's Web site or call 216 464-5510.
Hotels near the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon:
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and related events are within walking distance of major downtown hotels, such as the Renaissance Cleveland (check rates) or the Ritz Carlton (check rates). For less expensive accommodations, try one of the hotels at the I-77/Rockside Road corridor.
The adult races begin at the following times:
- Wheelchair Challenge Marathon and Half Marathon - 655am
- Marathon and Half Marathon - 7am
- Wheelchair Challenge 10K - 730am
- 10k - 720am
Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
29525 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 215
Pepper Pike, OH 44122