(L) A past race passing the Kowalski Heat Treating headquarters. (Top right Steve & Katie representing the Kowalski clan. (Bottom right) You’ll see this banner again this year as you run by KHT’s front door.
This weekend marks the 36th running of the Cleveland marathon, now known as the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Over the years Cleveland has hosted premier world-class runners and their families, along with local and regional athletes. For those of you not involved in the events, here are some fun facts and things to do as The Marathon is actually three days of “fun and run”:
- The event is one of the 50 oldest marathons in the country, dating back 35 years
- An estimated 30,000-40,000 participants in the combined runs and events
- Sunday is “big” race day – Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K at 7am starting at Quicken Loans Arena and then flowing through downtown and the suburbs.
- 21,000 12 oz. water bottles will be used on Sunday’s race day
- The average mile time for the marathon winner is 5 minutes, 36 seconds per mile
- An estimated 165,000 5 oz. cups used on the course throughout race, along with 17,500 bananas eaten, 3,200 gallons of PowerAde, 14,500 cookies and lots and lots of water
- 138 portable restrooms throughout the course
- About 25 runners over age of 65 will finish the 26.2 mile run
- Oldest male runner in 2011 78 – oldest female 75
Best places to watch on Sunday:
- Carnegie and Ontario across from Progressive Field (south-west corner at Tri-C)
- US Bank Plaza at Playhouse Square (E. 14th and Euclid Ave)
- Across from West Side Market – Lorain and W. 25th (10K)
- Lincoln Park – Starkweather and W. 11th, Tremont
- Detroit Ave. Between W.58th and 78th Street (Gordon Square Arts District)
- Lakewood Park (Lake Avenue and Belle in Lakewood)
- W 44th & Detroit (at The Harp, overlooking the Shoreway)
- And of course, our front lawn at Kowalski Heat Treating
Best Race Day Parties on Sunday:
- Tremont – Lincoln Park at Starkweather and W. 11th Street – Block Party & music Mile 3.7 Runners from 7:00 – 9:00am
- Ohio City – Lorain and W. 30th – St. Ignatius Band, cheering area – Mile 6.4- Runners from 7:10 – 9:00 am
- Detroit Shoreway – Detroit Avenue between W. 58th and W. 78th – Gordon Park Arts District Cheering & Music – Mile 7.6
- Lakewood Park – Lakewood and Belle Avenue – Water Station & Music. Miles 14.5 and 20.25 (marathoners pass twice). Runners from 8:00am – 1pm.
- Detroit Shoreway – The Pep Club Dance Party @ The Harp, presented by Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Mile 11.8 (half), Mile 24.5 (full). Runners from 8:00 – 1:30pm.
- 26.3 Mile Rock Party at the Finish Line! – Featuring Old Skool and Matt Lisi Productions (DJ)
For those “non-runners”, come by and enjoy the racers, events and scenery as we celebrate spring here in our hometown.