Cleveland Marathon & Half Marathon
Cleveland, OH USA
May 18, 2014

Information about Cleveland Marathon

Starting small in 1976, the Cleveland Marathon has grown to exceed 20,000 participants. Each year the race pumps thousands of dollars into local businesses to help the city's economy.

The Cleveland Marathon focuses on a full 26.2-mile marathon. Over the years, other events were added. A half marathon, a 10K, a 5K and a kid's run are additional races held on the day, or the day before, the Cleveland Marathon.

The terrain for the Cleveland Marathon is fairly flat. Considered a fast course, it is an appropriate race for beginners. Race day weather can be unpredictable as it is held in May.

Home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, music is often featured at intervals throughout the race. Neighborhood parties open to the public also take place near the course to highlight Cleveland neighborhoods. City workers and volunteers provide aid stations along the route. Aid stations typically offer water, fruit and sports drinks. The route is clearly marked. Porta Potties are located along the course. Photographers are also stationed to take pictures of the event as well as the marathon winners.

In addition to cash prizes for winners, all participants can celebrate at a post-race party. Along with a variety of bands and music, the marathon after party serves treats to participants. Perks often include messages, medals, and other small prizes. After the race, food vendors, music, and a beer tent create a carnival-like atmosphere.

Marathon Charities also benefit from marathon proceeds. Charities benefitting from the race include schools and other non-profits who support fitness and participate in some aspect of the Cleveland Marathon. The Marathon committee also donates to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Individuals and corporations can contribute to the Marathon Charity Programs.

Individuals under the age of 18 must have signed parental consent to run in any of the events, although the full marathon is not recommended for participants younger than 18. Participants are allowed to use headphones. All rules are intended for the purpose of safety and established under the United States Track and Field guidelines.

Registration materials must be submitted by the given deadlines in order to run the Cleveland Marathon. Registration information can be submitted online or in the mail.

In 2000 Pavel Kokin set the men's record time for the Cleveland Marathon with a 2:10:29. The women's record time is 2:30:15 set in 2002 by Tatiana Pozdniakov.