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Cleveland Marathon will return in May 2021; here’s how to register

The 2020 marathon was converted into a virtual event due to COVID-19

CLEVELAND — The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will return in 2021. Staff announced details and registration information for the 44th race today. It will take place May 15 - 16 in downtown Cleveland. COVID-19 safety precautions will in place, as determined by the race, city and state departments of health, and medical partner University Hospitals.

The 2020 race, which was to be held last May, was run as a virtual event instead of in-person.

“We converted to a virtual race in 2020 to protect the health and safety of our runners,” said Jack Staph, executive director of the Cleveland Marathon. “It was fun to see runners pursuing their passion and connecting virtually when we could not gather as a group. However, we look forward to welcoming our runners and volunteers back downtown in 2021 and gathering together safely.”

The Cleveland Marathon usually attracts more than 10,000 runners and contributes $15 million in economic impact to the city, according to organizers.

Visit the Cleveland Marathon website to register. The $75 full marathon fee will increase on September 6. In addition to a full marathon, the weekend will include a half marathon, 5K, 10K and kids run.

The full marathon will start at Ontario Street, at the northwest corner of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and finish just west of Public Square.

For more information: info@clevelandmarathon.com.