Seasonal Special Happenings

The Cleveland Marathon

When: Sun., May 15 2011

The Cleveland Marathon began in 1978, making it one of the 50 oldest marathons in the country. Some of its most marked growth has occurred since 2003, when Rite Aid Pharmacy began its sponsorship. Today at 7 a.m., fit folks of all ages and from every walk of life once again will hit the pavement for the marathon, the half-marathon, and a 10K walk. Fortunately, you don't have to be one of them to enjoy the fun: Spectators are encouraged to line the 26.3-mile course and cheer on the participants. (Fun fact: Runners are expected to go through nearly 150,000 cups and 20,000 bottles of water during today's race!) The event begins on West Third Street behind Browns Stadium and ends on Erieside in front of the Great Lakes Science Center; you'll find the 26.3 Mile Rock Party happening there from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a list of prime viewing sites and along-the-route activities, go to — Niehaus

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