Ohio > Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Cleveland, OH • Sunday, May 19, 2013 • Course Map
Runners will find ever-present reminders of the musical theme of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & 10K throughout the race, as participants get a chance to run past the city's historic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, receive a medal at the finish line with an electric guitar that spins, and can take part in the "26.3 Mile Rock Party" at the finish line after the race.
One of the 50 oldest marathon road races in the country, the Cleveland race is also one of the Midwest region's oldest races, and will celebrate its 36th annual running in 2013. It's easy to see why it's such a popular race -- the 2012 race drew more than 20,000 runners and walkers for all races combined -- when you get a look at the elevation profile for the course, which is marked by long, steady stretches of flat terrain, and an overall elevation change of just under 150 feet.
The 13.1-mile half marathon course shares the same starting line and time as the full marathon, with the race for both starting in downtown Cleveland, at the corner of St. Clair Avenue and East 9th Street. From there, the course takes both runners and walkers -- both the half and full marathons welcome both running and walking participants -- through downtown Cleveland and along the shores of Lake Erie, especially in the middle part of the race along Edgewater Park.
Along the way, participants will be able to catch views of many of the city's most well-known attractions and sights, including Browns Stadium (home of the NFL's Cleveland Browns), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Jacobs Field, where the city's age-old Major League Baseball team the Cleveland Indians play. While the course is mostly flat and steady, it does feature a few hills here and there, most notably at the second mile marker and its highest point at the 11th mile.
Those running the half-marathon split off from their 26.2-mile counterparts after running a long "home stretch" straightaway along Lakeside Avenue, turning left a few blocks after Jacobs Field onto East 9th Street, and run the last mile of the race along Lakeside, East 9th Street and St. Clair to the finish line.
Scheduled starting time for the race is 7:00 AM, and runners will have 4 hours to finish the half marathon.
Weather & Climate
Located in the northernmost part of the state, on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland typically enjoys moderately warm to sometimes cool temperatures in the spring, with mostly even precipitation throughout the year.
In May, average local temperatures range between 69°F and 48°F -- on the day of the race (May 19), the average high is 70°F and the average low is 49°F -- while rainfall amounts average 3.5 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon
$80 for the half marathon, if registered by January 10, 2013
$90 between Jan. 11 - February 28
$100 between March 1 - April 10
$110 between April 11 - May 12
$120 at the race packet pickup
To reserve your spot in the late spring 2013 running of Cleveland's Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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