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Cleveland Marathon

Cleveland, OH

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, May 21, 2017
2016: Sunday, May 15, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 58°F (14°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 50° F (10°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.10
Course Score: 99.10

Race Size

2016: 1,478 Finishers
2015: 1,699 Finishers
2014: 1,912 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 13.7%
2015: 7.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Cleveland Marathon was the 60th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 57th largest in 2015.

Last year 13.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Cleveland Marathon the 116th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 267th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.10 ranks it as the 170th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 8th fastest course in Ohio.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Cleveland Marathon a PR Score of 99.10. This PR Score ranks it as the 121st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 7th fastest in Ohio.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 704 feet (214m)
Min Elevation: 584 feet (178m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Cleveland Marathon

3 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2014 Cleveland Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


I ran the half in 2013 and signed up for the marathon in 2014 based on that positive experience and the quality of the course. however, the browns stadium went into off-season renovations which meant the race course had to be restructured to accommodate a new start and finish. the layout of the start was very confusing. finding and using bag check, restrooms, and the start was an adventure. (it has already been announced that these will all be in/at the quicken loans arena for 2015 to fix the problem)

The restructuring of the course put the whole race on the west side of town with the marathon adding an out and back into the western suburbs. there was a lot of crowd support in lakewood and rocky river, and we needed it because the turn around was at the very bottom of a hill after a water stop shared by both sides of the course in the middle of the hill. it was a mess. as i ran back up the hill, i could hear the people still coming down the hill swearing as they realized what was coming.

The final challenge to the redesign is that from mile 23 to 26 you are steadily running up hill, on an elevated highway (no shade). this was previously near the start of the old course, but when they redesigned, instead of starting the race downhill, you finish it uphill, and it is brutal. i was positively dismayed by the number of runner who thought this was a good course change.

The best part of this race is the crowd support. once you cross the hope memorial bridge and hit tremont and ohio city, you will have tons of enthusiastic support until to hit the highway of doom as you leave edgewater park. be prepared to mentally whitekuckle it through the last 5k.

Race Tips

The 2014 gel sponsor was BOOM!, which i had never seen or had access to prior to the race, so i didn\'t try it on race day. the last two years the race has used powerade.

Have multiple outfit options because ohio weather in may is unpredictable. 2014 was nice and cool. 2013 was miserable and hot.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The expo is moving from the I-X center to the cleveland convention center for 2015.

review of 2012 Cleveland Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Well run big marathon without a real personality. I was surprised at how few spectators there were for a 35 year old race in a major city. Can wait indoors in Browns football stadium before race. Early water stops were undermanned. We had super hot weather this year and race reacted to the heat very well.

Race Tips

Course has a few hills (one short steep one @ mile 10 or so) but is mainly flat. If weather cooperates (it did not this year) and is cool one could run well here. A few nice views of Lake and city skyline.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

You have to pay to park at the expo (a nice expo where I heard Joan Benoit Samuelason talk) and for race day so factor that into your budget. I found a cheap hotel 30 minutes out of town.

Finish Time Equivalent

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