things that make the CLE marathon even better this year!

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Every year, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon steps up their game to give participants an even better experience. There are some pretty great things I want to share with you, in case you didn’t know. Here’s the rundown.

Challenge Series! Show some mental and physical toughness by tackling the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Challenge Series. There are a few options for this, but all involve taking part in a race on both Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. Options are 9.3 miles (5K Saturday and 10K Sunday), 18.1 miles (8K Saturday and half marathon Sunday), or a whopping 31.2 miles (8K Saturday and marathon Sunday). Whichever you choose, you’ll receive an awesome Challenge Series medal on top of the individual race medals, a shirt for each event, and additional race loot.

RaceKids Day Camp. Raise your hand if you’re a parent and worry about who will watch the kids while you’re running. Do you enlist the help of a spouse? Bribe a family member? Pay a babysitter? This year, bring them downtown and let them take part in RaceKids Day Camp! Located at the Hyatt at the Arcade and opening at 5:00AM on May 15, this fully licensed and insured camp is qualified to watch kiddles ages 18 months and up. The cost includes full supervision, two meals, take home crafts, and more. There’s a half marathon option with up to 6 hours of structured care and a marathon option with up to 8 hours of structured care. The CLE marathon is also offering a 15% with the code CLEKIDS15. Take advantage of it now, as prices go up on March 15.

Sweet In-Training Merchandise. This year, the CLE marathon switched it up and went with Brooks for its official clothing. While I haven’t seen the race shirts yet, I can say I love the new in-training merchandise design, and with a tech t-shirt and moisture-wicking hoodie to choose from, you can’t go wrong with either option. I will give a word of advice about sizing if you’re looking to buy. The t-shirts offer both men’s and women’s sizing; the sweatshirts do not. I definitely needed the XS in the sweatshirt.

Pub Runs! Running = great. Drinking tasty beer = great. Running and then drinking tasty beer = AMAZING! The first Pub Run of the year is set to kick off on March 14 at 6:30pm. Hosted by the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and Fleet Feet, this 3.5ish mile fun run starts at Great Lakes Brewing Company (one of my personal faves) and takes you on a little tour of CLE. Stay after the run for drinks, and the first one’s covered. Look for more information on Facebook and Twitter. The event is free, but you will need to RSVP.

Kick-butt Race Ambassadors! Last year, the CLE marathon put together a perfect mix of people (in my opinion) to represent the race. Ambassadors spanned various speeds, ages, and backgrounds, but we all had two thing in common – running and our love of the race. What started as a group of strangers grew into a family that supported and motivated one another long after the last ambassador crossed the finish line in May 2015. This year, we’re back again and stronger than ever, and we’re pleased to welcome two new ambassadors to the group. No matter your story, I’m sure there is at least one ambassador who has something in common with you. I encourage you to check out their blogs and social media pages for healthy doses of motivation, inspiration, determination, and heart. CLE ambassadors – love to you all!

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Some of our amazing crew from 2015!

And just an FYI. If you’re on the fence about running CLE, make your decision now and save money! The prices increase on March 1. Register now at http://www.clevelandmarathon.com/Registration/. You can also try to win a free entry from the Ambassador of the Week! My week begins on March 21, so be on the lookout for that.

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