- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
Cleveland Marathon was just as the website advertised. Expo was big and had lots of vendors. Bib pickup was well-organized and volunteers were knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to assist. Only one critique about the race itself; the starting corral was way too small, so it looked like between 100-150 runners had to start outside the corral and wait to work their way in after the race started. Hills were few, short, and gradual. Hydration stations were plentiful, well-stacked, and Aid Stations were more frequent than I remember seeing at other races. All volunteers were great-encouraging, friendly, and energized, despite the wicked heat (89 degrees by mid-race)! Due to the heat, many hydration stations also had hoses to spray you off. Lots of spectators along the course, some of which had their own personal hoses to spray you off, or sprinklers, and lots of non-official hydration stations.
Lots of security pre-race and post-race, including bomb-sniffing dogs, which I think is, unfortunately, an extremely responsible asset to have. Finish Line festival was nice and well-organized as well.
Kudos to Cleveland Marathon organizers, volunteers, and everyone associated with making this a great race!