CLEVELAND — With the big event just two months away, new routes for the 2023 Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon have officially been revealed -- and they “will put all distances exclusively within the great city of Cleveland.”
Organizers said these new routes “feature breathtaking views of the Lake Erie shoreline and will take runners past some of the city’s most notable attractions on their way to a finish in the heart of downtown.”
So what can you expect? Here’s what marathon officials are saying:
Runners will start and finish in the shadow of the Fountain of Eternal Life in Memorial Plaza. The course makes its way past Tower City and Public Square, Progressive Field and onto the Hope Memorial Bridge where runners will rise to magnificent views of the Cuyahoga River under the gaze of the Guardians of Traffic statues.
The route continues into the city’s historic Tremont neighborhood where lively crowds line the street and cheer on runners as they pass the iconic Christmas Story House. Runners of the full marathon distance will be treated to incredible views of Cleveland and Lake Erie from Edgewater Park as they race back downtown for the finish. Other highlights include running underneath the world’s largest outdoor chandelier in Playhouse Square, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and much more.
Explore interactive maps below...
Full marathon: Sunday, May 21
Half marathon map: Sunday, May 21
10K map: Saturday, May 20
5K map: Saturday, May 20
You can still register for this year's marathon events HERE.
“We’re so excited to debut these routes to the participants, spectators, supporters and residents that make this such a special race to be a part of,” said Ralph Staph, Cleveland Marathon Race Director. “Cleveland is a great American city. These routes demonstrate that like never before. Whether you live here, you’re from here, or you’ve never been to Cleveland before, you’ll fall in love with the city before you finish the race.”
Watch coverage of last year's marathon in the video below: