Sunday, May 16, 2021 • Cleveland, OH • Course Map
Runners will find ever-present reminders of this event’s musical theme 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 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K race is also one of the Midwest region’s oldest races, and will celebrate its 44th annual running in 2021.
It’s easy to see why it’s such a popular race — the race draws more than 20,000 runners and walkers for all races combined each year — 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 100 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, along Ontario Street at Quicken Loans Arena.
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 around the Cuyahoga River, with several bridge crossings on the course.
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 third mile marker and its highest point at the 10th mile.
Those running the half-marathon split off from their 26.2-mile counterparts after a long “home stretch” straightaway along Franklin Boulevard, turning right and making a quick out-and-back near the Capitol Theatre, and then running the last two miles along Detroit Avenue until reaching the finish line at the public square.
Sunday’s races include the full marathon and half marathon; the 5K and 10K race will be run on Saturday.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the northernmost part of the state, on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland typically enjoys some of its mildest weather of the year in May, though snow is still a possibility. Record temperatures here during the month have fallen as low as 25ºF (in 1966) and risen as high as 92ºF (in 1959).
On race day (May 16), the average low is 50ºF and the average high is 70ºF.
- 2020 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results (Virtual)
- 2019 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results
- 2010 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Results
Course Time Limit
- 4 hours – half marathon
- 7 hours – full marathon
- $75+ for the half marathon
- $85+ for the full marathon
- price subject to increase as more runners register
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Cleveland’s Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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