City Prepares for Annual Cleveland Marathon

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Race Day is Sunday, May 20, 2018

CLEVELAND – On Sunday, May 20, 2018, the annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will kick-off in downtown Cleveland. Thousands of runners and spectators are expected to take part in the festivities over the weekend and, as always, safety is our main priority. The Division of Police would like to encourage all who plan on attending the Marathon to review the following tips to ensure a seamless and positive experience.

Know the route

The Marathon begins at 7 a.m. in downtown Cleveland and continues west along Lake Avenue into Lakewood and Rocky River. See the course map here and familiarize yourself with the route if you plan to participate, watch or travel during the duration of the event.

Parking and Traveling

Parking along the race route will be prohibited until the Division of Police reopens any closed routes. If you’ll be traveling near the route on race day, expect delays and closures. Plan accordingly or utilize RTA. RTA will reroute some of its buses. Click here to see which routes will be affected.

Avoid bringing bags and backpacks

Bags and backpacks are strongly discouraged at the Start/Finish areas on race day. Participants and spectators are asked to travel lightly. Those with diaper bags, purses and other items should note that they are subject to search in the vicinity of Start/Finish lines. Unattended bags are subject to search and removal from the premises.

Be safe

With the possibility of showers, weather may be a factor in planning for a safe experience. Please exercise caution if you are a participant or spectator. Water will be available throughout the race at select locations. Cleveland Police and EMS will be on hand if assistance is needed. Report any suspicious activity to authorities. If you see something, say something. Visit for more information on the race and details regarding the day of the event.

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