I’m being 100% serious in saying that WATCHING A MARATHON IS FUN!!!! I’ve watched quite a few marathons and get completely sucked in every time. You get to watch the top/elite runners come through, then you get to see the top women (they are amazing), then as time goes on you get to see normal everyday people who maybe are running their 12th marathon (raises hand) or maybe it’s their first marathon. Either way it’s inspiring and entertaining to watch runners of all shapes, sizes and ages run by.
In past years, the Cleveland Marathon has the best spectators on the Westside, downtown and Tremont area. This is the beginning of the race and majorly pumps up the runners. For the second half of the race, we head to the Eastside and every year there are very few spectators. 😦 There are many stretches on the second half of the course where there is no one. The second half of a marathon you are tired, perhaps hitting a wall and really need support. So I’m calling out the Eastsiders to come and show your support for the marathon!
On the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Site, they have a list of “Best Spots to Watch“. The list is spot on!
- Lakeside and W. 6th
- West Blvd and Edgewater Dr.
- West Side Market – Lorain and W. 25th
- Lincoln Park – Starkweather and W. 11th
- 2078 W. 25th Street/Lorain @ Room Service
- Carnegie and Ontario by Progressive Field
- W. 6th and Superior
- Euclid and E. 14th
- Wade Lagoon
- Martin Luther King and State Park Path
- E. 40th and St. Clair (marathon passes twice)
- E. 9th and St. Clair
I highlighted number 11. HELLO!!! This is a perfect Eastside location to watch from. The marathon passes through twice! That is the marathon spectating lottery right there. A spot not listed but that I want to mention is on Chester between E. 40th to E. 105th. This spot is very easy to get to and when you are done you can head up to University Circle for a late breakfast or lunch. Better yet, pack a lunch and picnic while watching the race.
If that’s not enough, check out one of 16 “Neighborhood Parties“. Some are part of a water station while others have live bands and entertainment!
If that’s not enough check out the list of restaurants that are open in the St.Clair/Superior area on the near Eastside. I highly recommend Siam Cafe and Sterle’s Slovenian Country House.
So bring your signs, cowbells, clapping hands, smiles, cheers, encouraging words and spirit and show some support for the 2013 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.
P.S. I have a really good feeling that the weather will be perfect this year.
Where will you be cheering? Do you have a go to spot every year? My Mom goes to the same spot every year and it’s on the Eastside! Way to represent Mom!
Favorite sign? A few years ago I saw a girl holding a sign that said “Single & Supportive” that one has stuck out in my mind ever since.