Cleveland rocks! There are so many reasons to love the Cleveland Marathon. Find out why YOU should run the Cleveland Marathon in May!
I’m super excited to be the featured ambassador of the week for the Cleveland Marathon. If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you know I’ve been running a fun giveaway for a free entry to your choice of race at the Cleveland Marathon in May. Since today’s topic for the Friday Five 2.0 is all about love, I couldn’t think of a better time to tell you all the things I LOVE about the Cleveland Marathon!
Cleveland Rocks! 5 Reasons to Love the Cleveland Marathon
1. The weather.
Who could forget the Most Cleveland Race EVER back in 2016? It started off overcast, then changed to a drizzle, pretty soon it was icing in our faces, and then of course there was the thundersnow. And of course about 30 minutes after I crossed the finish line the sun came out. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?! It happens only in Cleveland. (I can’t make this stuff up!)
The weather is really variable in Cleveland in May. One year it will be cold and overcast (2014, 2016) and the other years it will be hot as Hades (2015, I’m looking at you), and yet others it’s perfect (like in 2017). The exciting weather is just one reason to love the Cleveland Marathon!
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
2. Tour the city!
The Cleveland Marathon course takes you on an amazing tour of the city. You hit a ton of local hotspots including Ohio City, Tremont, the Lakefront, and downtown. Runners get to see the iconic 10-story-tall LeBron James banner, run by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Great Lakes Science Center, and more! The Cleveland Marathon is a great way to visit Cleveland on foot.
3. The after party is fantastic.
After crossing the finish line at Public Square, you’ll be greeted with enthusiastic spectators, delicious post-race fare, and of course, the beer garden. The after party is a lot of fun and when the weather’s nice, it’s a great place to stick around and celebrate your accomplishment!
4. Super swag.
The Cleveland Marathon usually rocks some pretty great swag. Last year for the 40th running, runners received a great shirt, a keychain, and a commemorative medal. I have no doubt they’re working on some fantastic swag for 2018 as well!
5. It’s a “little big” race.
Out of all the things I love about the Cleveland Marathon, the thing I love the most is that it’s a little big race. It’s not a small race by any means, but it’s not SO big that it’s intimidating like some of the other big dogs (NYCM, I’m looking at you). There are some races I would love to run but I’m way too stressed out based solely on the amount of runners in attendance. The Cleveland Marathon, on the other hand, is comfortably large. Not so big that it’s intimidating but not so small that it’s a small race.
In a nutshell, Cleveland rocks and the Cleveland Marathon is awesome. If you’re local, I highly recommend running it. And if you’re not, you should add the Cleveland Marathon to your bucket list!
Need more reasons to register? Check out a few of my past race recaps:
- My first half marathon!
- The insanity that was the Most Cleveland Race Ever
- A fabulous start to the 2017 season!
Today is the last day to enter to win a FREE ENTRY to the Cleveland Marathon. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook! The winner will be announced next week. If you’re antsy and don’t want to wait to register until next week, you can use code RFCLE10 for 10% off any race!
Looking forward to seeing you in May! #clevelandrocks
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