Racing in the Cleveland Area in 2014 and My Race Schedule

Cleveland is lucky to have many local races throughout the year. Here are a few places to look for races, in no particular order (if you have a place that isn’t listed please leave it in the comments below, just remember Cleveland area)

Hermes Cleveland-This is one of my favorites, they put on some of the best races in the area in my opinion.

Peace Racing-Dan and his crew are giving Hermes some friendly competition at Peace Racing. They put on about 15 events a year, running and triathlons included.

Summit Athletic Running Club-They put on a few popular races a year, the Shamrock 15K, Buckeye Half Marathon and the Great NYE Race.

HMA Promotions-Putting on over 40 races a year, mostly on the eastside of Cleveland. I ran their Brooklyn Heights on the Run 5K this year and recommend it.

Cleveland West Road Runners-Only 4 races a year but all good ones.

Western Reserve Racing-I find a lot of the website doesn’t work (I like too think they are too busy running to bother) but I’ve been assured they put on good races. Mostly trail races and longer distances but also have the dirty trail series that seems to be popular (I’m not a good trail runner but I have a trail itch lately…)

NCN Racing-They’ve been cutting down on their races lately but still have some good ones on the list.

Direct Atheltics-Now this is really cool! Track & Field events, Cross Country, Swim meets and all available for you to enter as an individual. Thanks RunSwanson!


Here is the basic layout of my 2014 racing schedule. There will be a few changes as most race companies are still getting things together for the 2014 season, I have yet to find information on The Midtown Classic. I tried to link as many races as I could or at least link to where they will be when the information is available. Also, I have this crazy urge to run a 50K, I have 2 I am looking at for the fall which is why there is no fall marathon yet. Happy Racing!

February 15thChili Bowl Classic 5K
February 22nd-38th Annual Spring Thaw. It’s in PA and has 10, 15 or 20 mile option. Planning on this race if the weather hold out.
Snowball Run 5K (possible, if the weather is nice or I really want to race or if I don’t make the race in PA)

March 8thGreen Jewel 50K relay! I had planned on running the full 50K but was sidelined with bronchitis for over a month and a half and missed too much training. You can’t rush training for these longer races so I decided to do the relay instead. Very excited about it. Really Really Really Excited because Ryan is doing the relay with me! Team CraftLogo!

Ryan and I after the Athens marathon
Ryan and I after the Athens marathon

March 15thMalachi 5 Miler

Me. Malachi. 2008 (yes I am sporting the shorts over the tights look)
Me. Malachi. 2008 (yes I am sporting the shorts over the tights look)

March 22ndJig & Jog 5K

April TBASpring Classic 10 miler
April 26thHermes 10 miler

May 4thLakewood Ambulance Chase

The Logo
The Logo

June 14thNature’s Bin 5K (previously in October)
June TBA(usually the 2nd week)-Park 2 Park Half Marathon

Park 2 Park in 2013
Park 2 Park in 2013

July 4thBay Days 5 Miler

August 30thNorthcoast 5 miler

September 7th=River Run Half Marathon (I’ve missed this race the past 2 years due to injury or asthma so I’m determined to run it again.)
September 21stCleveland Heroes Run 5 miler (Very difficult race, they also have a 2 mile option)

Death march face after just getting up Hogsback Hill
Death march face after just getting up Hogsback Hill

September 27thAkron Half Marathon

New neon pink shirt!
New neon pink shirt!
Finisher Towels??? Seriously? BEST. THING. EVER.
Finisher Towels??? Seriously? BEST. THING. EVER.

October 4thStroll & Roll 5K
October 12thTowpath Half Marathon
October 25thHalloween Run for Justice 5 Miler (or 5K) (Previously called the Bench Bar classic)

November TBASt. Luke’s 5K
November 27thTurkey Trot 5 Miler

Starting line of the Turkey Trot 2013
Starting line of the Turkey Trot 2013

December 6th-A Christmas Story 10k

Other races worth mentioning:

Cupid Undies Run-It’s in February so I will be hiding under layers but this seems like a fun event.

Tackle the Tower-Great stair race benefitting the Ronald McDonald house. I’ve seen firemen in full gear do the 36? floor race. New this year they have a team option so grab your friends!

Sombrero Shuffle-They’ve had this race for a few years now and it always looks like a blast!

Fight Like Mike-Eastside 5K in Downtown Willoughby. Fight Like Mike is a charity committed to lifting the spirits of cancer fighters and their families. I highly recommend checking this local race out! P.S. The Wild Goose is hosting!

Run or Dye-Coming back to Cleveland April 19th, 2014

Medina Half Marathon-I’m in love with the race shirts and medal for this race. Hoping for a speedy recovery after the Cleveland Full so I am tackle this one.

Electric Run– Coming to Cleveland June 20th! “World’s premier nighttime race”

Zombie Run– I’ve always wanted to do one of these but I have a wedding this day. July 12th in Sandusky.

Winking Lizard’s A Shot in the Dark-Classic, night race downtown. There is a 4 mile, 2 mile and a relay option to run. Save the date for July 26th!

Women Who Run-4 mile race in downtown Cleveland

Footprints for Fatima-A good race from HMA promotions at John Carroll

Reindeer Run 5K-December 6th

Jingle Bell Run 5K-December 7th, Benefitting the Arthritis Foundation. Always a well put on race and great end to the racing season.

17 thoughts on “Racing in the Cleveland Area in 2014 and My Race Schedule

  1. Thanks for posting all of the race sites…as a newbie to races, I only know about Hermes and what I read in the paper. I’d also like to add the Women Who Run 4-miler in downtown Cleveland. I did that as my first race back in June, and loved the course. I’ll also put in a plug for John Carroll’s Footprints for Fatima 5k, since I work there and did the race last year!

  2. That’s a LOT of races! I’m curious how much you spend on race entry fees alone every year! Hopefully this year is a lot better for you and you won’t continue to be plagued with illness!

    1. It’s a lot, so much so that I won’t even add up the money to find out. Shoes is also a major expense. However, we give up going out on the weekend or rarely eat out to make up for it. Instead of going out for drinks and spending $20, we stay in and spend the $20 on a race entry. Trust me, I know we are crazy lol
      p.s. I’ll add Wine and Dine to the list once it has more information.

  3. You could also add directathletics.com to the list. It’s the best source for collegiate XC and track meets, many of which will let you run unattached. Lots of local colleges (Baldwin Wallace, Case, John Carroll, Kent State, Oberlin, just to name a few) host meets and the entry fees are lower than any road race.

    Good luck to you and Ryan with your racing this year!

  4. Thanks for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis shout out! We’re tentatively scheduled for December 7, 2014 back at Legacy Village – should be another fun (hopefully warmer) time. Happy 2014 racing to you!!

  5. What a busy schedule you have this year, my dear! I’m sure you will rock all of it! Hopefully I’ll be in for a few of these…at the very least the Malachi 5-miler (barring no freezing rain) and the Cleveland Marathon..well, I’ll be running the half and then cheering you on! (Thanks to your suggestion of how to resolve my, do I run or do I cheer, dilemma!

    Good luck and go get ’em!

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