Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K

Sunday, October 24, 2021 • Cleveland, OH • Course Map

Note: A virtual option is available for this event, to be run anytime from October 23 – October 24. Registration details are included below.

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 Union Home Mortgage 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, next to the public square on West Superior Avenue.

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 Guardians play.

While the course is mostly flat and steady, it does feature a few hills here and there, most notably at the 6th mile and the last two miles.

Those running the half-marathon split off from their 26.2-mile counterparts after a long “home stretch” straightaway along the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway and Lake Avenue. There they’ll turn around and head back to the finish line, while full marathoners will continue the out-and-back section for several more miles.

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 October, though snow is still a possibility.

On race day (Oct. 24), the average low is 49ºF and the average high is 57ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Cleveland Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM

Course Time Limit

  • 4 hours – half marathon
  • 7 hours – full marathon

Fees

  • $95+ for the half marathon
  • $105+ for the full marathon
  • price subject to increase as more runners register

Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RaceRoster.com here.

Official Race Website

www.clevelandmarathon.com

Facebook Conversations

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3 comments… add one
  • Kathy Aguier May 21, 2018, 5:43 am

    I know the feeling of people cheering for me! Never got that in school!! Want to keep doing the Rite Aid until the day I am no longer around!!

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  • manuel rodriguez May 9, 2016, 7:28 am

    My first half was in Cleveland in 2010 and i,ve have run 5 half and one full every race is been awesome.My first race was so cool to see all those people out there supporting us ,cheering at so many street corner.today i run with 10 plus runner and i,ve convince all of the runner to run a half marathon and this year we have 9 running the half and 3 running the full marathon.Cleveland been a great city to qualify for Boston.Thanks for a great event.

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