I Just Can’t Quit You

Starting in the heart of the city, downtown Cleveland.
Traveling east to run under the giant chandelier that lights up Playhouse Square.
Weaving through the city to run through Tremont, Ohio City and Gordon Square. (All favorite cheering locations)
Cruising farther west to run to the very end of Lakewood and at the same time running through the best crowd support on the entire course.
Making the turn to head back downtown.
Seeing downtown skyline get closer with every mile.
Crushing the “Shoreway Hills” with some support from the Pep Club Dance Party.
Continuing to put one foot in front of another, as every step brings me closer to downtown and closer to the finish line.
Plowing down the off ramp of the shoreway to see a crowd of people, lining both sides 0f the street. Cheering you on.
Leading the way to the Cleveland Marathon finish line.

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Can you tell I am a huge fan of the Cleveland Marathon? How can you not love a race that goes through your hometown!

This year I will be back to run the Cleveland Marathon. Yes, the full marathon. I seriously had so much fun last year running the full. I smiled almost the entire time. For days and weeks after the marathon all I wanted to do was to run the race again.

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This year I will once again be a member of the Cleveland Marathon Ambassador program and I have 1 race entry to giveaway! The entry is good for the marathon, half, 10k, 8k or the 5k – just not the challenge series.

To enter to win:

  1. Simply comment below and tell me something positive about the Cleveland Marathon. (Mandatory)
  2. For a Bonus entry, make a separate comment on this post and tell me which race you want to run and why. (Bonus entry)

Answer both (2 separate comments) to double your chances of winning!

Please enter before noon on Monday January 11th so that I can pick a winner and make an announcement! I plan to post my crazy training plan next Monday when I announce the winner.

 

About Jessica M.

30 something runner from Cleveland, OH. I am an avid runner, marathon maniac, Boston Marathoner and an Ironman! I have completed 15 marathons (16 if you include the Ironman) and am an Official Blogger for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. I am also a Proud ambassador for Nuun I enjoy traveling, running, my Croatian heritage, Hokas, baking, playing tambura, reading, sno cones, cevapi, anything pumpkin flavored, swedish fish, napolitanke, craft beer, kit kats, smoothies, chips & salsa, Kinder chocolates, racing, marshmallows, my amazing husband and our dogs Bodhi & Bandit. Both are named after Columbus Brewing Beers. Contact me at: MojaMala2blog@gmail.com
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70 Responses to I Just Can’t Quit You

  1. Jeffrey says:

    Last year the Cleveland Marathon went above and beyond for me. It was the weekend of my 40th Birthday and they so graciously had a huge cupcake waiting for me when I crossed the finish line. This year the race is actually on my birthday and I plan on celebrating afterwards. I also think they have one of the best finisher’s medal!

  2. Jeffrey says:

    I would definitely run the marathon, in my opinion it is a challenge of both the body and mind. It requires a special kind of dedication that forces an individual to make difficult choices. In my particular case I have to get up in the wee hours of the morning and run so I don’t take away from my very important family time. It’s all about balance!

  3. sasrubel says:

    I have always wanted to run Cleveland. I hear such incredible things about the course and the spectators. Plus, I’m doing a bunch of big Ohio races this year, it would be awesome to add to my list!

  4. sasrubel says:

    I would run the half. Three fulls in one year would be a lot for me!

  5. Cori Hammer says:

    I love the Cleveland marathon because it was my first half marathon and you never forget your first🙂

  6. Cori Hammer says:

    I would want to run the half marathon bc I love all the crowd support!

  7. Melissa Martin says:

    Last year I did my very first 1/2 marathon and it happened to be Cleveland. I was so nervous but I was lucky enough to have a coach my my side along the way. She kept telling me, “you can do it … it’s a high that you can never come down from. You will be hooked and turn into ‘one of those annoying runners’.

    I trained hard. It was a struggle at first but everyday became a little easier until I had the feeling of ‘I can do this!’ And I did just that. I crossed my first 1/2 marathon finish line. My coach and friend was right, I was hooked. I ended up running a total of 9 races this past year including 3 half marathons, Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus. But Cleveland is the race that got me started and I will never miss a Cleveland 1/2 or full until I can no longer run.
    My goal this year is to train for a full early fall and Cleveland will be a great stepping stone.

    BTY, my friend was right, I’m addicted and have turned into ‘one of those annoying runners’ and I’m glad I did.

  8. Melissa Martin says:

    I plan on running the Cleveland 1/2 marathon this year to help motivate me for my first full marathon in early fall.

  9. Amanda says:

    My favorite part of the Cleveland Marathon are the happy water station volunteers! There were amazing people around mile 20 of the marathon last year, and I think they saved my race.

  10. Amanda says:

    I would like to run the half marathon. Cleveland is where I ran my half PR, and it would be great to revisit the course.

  11. poiseinparma says:

    I’ve run the 5K and the 10K in the past. My husband’s run the 5K and the half. My brother has run the 1/2 and the full, twice. It’s become a family tradition of sorts that I look forward to every May. Hans is already registered for the half, and I’m excited to cheer him on again… and maybe join him if I win this!

  12. poiseinparma says:

    If I won the giveaway, I’d love to actually pass along the race entry to my brother who said he’d run the 1/2 with my husband this year.

  13. Marsha says:

    I have ran the Cleveland full and half and love them both! The flat to rolling course is awesome.

  14. Marsha says:

    My boyfriend is pushing his best friend in a wheel chair this year. I would love to run along side them for half of the race! I didn’t plan to do it because I am trying my first half IronMan this year and don’t want to do anything longer than a half…. but the half would be great!

  15. The Cleveland Marathon has the best spectators! There are bands playing concerts in people’s yards, lots of little kids giving high fives, great volunteer support, and amusing signs through the whole course. Can’t wait to run it again!

  16. I’m aiming for the full marathon this year. My training is on FIRE right now!

  17. itsahero says:

    I’ve never run the cleveland marathon or half before, but I’ve heard that it’s a wonderful race through some amazing places! I would LOVE to see for myself!🙂

  18. itsahero says:

    I want to run the half. Because right after baby is NO time to decide to run a full marathon… BUT I would love to make a goal for this to be my first post-baby half marathon!🙂

  19. Alison says:

    The Cleveland Marathons a great event for the City of Cleveland as well as it’s runners. We show pride of place with this event and the city is looking better and better.

  20. Alison says:

    The Half Marathon is my event. I just completed my first half ( and the second and third) last summer. It makes me feel like I can do anything!

  21. The best part of running CLE is seeing all your friends along the way! And an awesome brunch afterwards, of course🙂

  22. I’d run the half, for nostalgia reasons. It was my first ever distance race wayyyyy back in 2011!

  23. Hailey Tucker says:

    The Cleveland Marathon is all about surroundings. No matter which neighborhood you’re in…the people cheering around you say it all. My favorite part is to frequently turn off my music (which is almost unheard of for me…I HAVE to run with music) and listen to the cheering and my favorite part: the bands playing. It’s such a community experience! Gives me goosebumps when I am running to see such good-hearted and heartfelt people!

  24. Hailey Tucker says:

    I want to run the half marathon. Especially this time of year it is always about resolutions. Resolutions usually don’t work well. Goals and life changes are what get results. The half would set a realistic goal to improve upon each week with running, and to try and make smarter choices as a whole in life to meet those goals. We all have the right to make poor decisions, but we also have the right to make good ones.

  25. Rosemary Hickin says:

    CLEVELAND HALF – I am registered. I just need to train. I signed up to motivate me to give running another chance.

  26. Rosemary says:

    A couple years ago I ran the 10k. And had a blast. It was very exciting mak8ng the final turn to the finish. Running is hard for me. You would think it would be easy. I broke my femur two years ago. I managed with the help and support from family and friends to run in the akron relay. I have struggled ever since and gained all the weight i lost. I am signed up for the Cleveland Half and you make it sound wonderful.

  27. Michelle Thomas says:

    1.) something +: last year’s Cleveland Marathon was my first half. I was so excited to run that come race day, I was up before dawn and ready to hit the start line. Running that day felt awesome and the energy was exhilarating…so much so that I may have bypassed all but ONE water stop:/. When I crossed the finish line at 1:58 I was elated…until I couldn’t walk and fainted before grabbing my medal. The med team took me to the tent where I recovered from a 107 degree F temperature after two ice baths and some IV. While this may seem a negative, I can’t say enough positive things about the CLE marathon crew from start to finish, those who put the race together kick butt and the med crew saved mine. This year I will be returning to finish the race, healthy and hydrated. I’ve learned my lesson. I’ve run 3 other half since and and it was this race that helped me become a better runner❤.

  28. Michelle Thomas says:

    2.) I’m gearing up for the half marathon – why? Because I will be using this race to kick off part of my training for my first full Marathon in Sept. 2016. I started my longer race competition with the Cleveland in 2015 and in 2016 I’m starting a campaign for cancer. I’ve lost both my parents to the illness and want to give back with my first full in September by setting up a fund where 100% of the donations will go to the Gathering Place – a local Cleveland cancer support center. This year’s Cleveland Half Marathon will be part of my training that I will highlight on the blog that will go live this month🙂

  29. Ashley says:

    I have not had a chance to run the Cleveland Marathon yet, but love to read your reviews and recaps of it each year. I love your enthusiasm for the race, so I put it on my bucket list of races to complete!

  30. Ashley says:

    I’ll be doing the half because I’m determined, after falling short Akron, to get under 1:50!! I’ve been sticking with my training since the day that race ended. All the nap time, treadmill runs (when my girls nap, I run! 😛) have got to get me to my goal time!

  31. Meredith Long says:

    I just recently moved back to Northeast Ohio where I was born and raised and ran my first 5K – Blossom Time in Chagrin Falls when I was in middle school! Over the last decade I have been living and playing in the high altitude mountains of Colorado (5,280 to 9,160 feet above sea level). I have been running mostly 5Ks and adventure races and having a blast. This past year I organized a marathon relay team and pushed myself to run the 6.4 mile leg. I huffed and I puffed, but I made it without walking – my only goal outside of having fun! Moving back to Ohio to be closer to family and friends I am ready to take advantage of the lower altitude and step it up again and push myself to my first half marathon. I am hoping to use this race as a way to meet some new friendly faces in training run clubs around town and explore the unique towns of Cleveland from a perspective only racers get – the middle of the road! (see you at the kick off run!) Also, I can’t have my older brother (3 x 26.2) getting all the running credit in the family. He said if I do a ½ he will fly in and join me – so this is the year. #NoExcuses #CLEMarathonOrBust #BrotherlyChallenge

  32. Meredith Long says:

    New to the running scene in Northeast Ohio I have to say what has set the Cleveland Marathon apart from all the others in my research is the Charity Partner program. In Colorado I worked for an amazing nonprofit, Domus Pacis Family Respite (insert shameless plug – http://www.DomusPacis.org) that creates special trips for individuals dealing with life threatening diseases. Domus Pacis was a Charity Partner for the Colfax Marathon in Denver and I acted as their race coordinator, recruiting runners and fundraising. The exposure we gained from being a charity partner was immeasurable and I have to assume the Cleveland Marathon is no different. If you care for a nonprofit this is an amazing way to bring together your supporters for a team building activity, fundraising or brand awareness campaign. #Run4Charities #Run4AReason
    What can I say…I’m all about the plugs today! http://www.clevelandmarathon.com/Cleveland_Marathon_Charities/

  33. Meredith says:

    New to the running scene in Northeast Ohio I have to say what has set the Cleveland Marathon apart from all the others in my research is the Charity Partner program. In Colorado I worked for an amazing nonprofit, Domus Pacis Family Respite (insert shameless plug – http://www.DomusPacis.org) that creates special trips for individuals dealing with life threatening diseases. Domus Pacis was a Charity Partner for the Colfax Marathon in Denver and I acted as their race coordinator, recruiting runners and fundraising.

    The exposure we gained from being a charity partner was immeasurable and I have to assume the Cleveland Marathon is no different. If you care for a nonprofit this is an amazing way to bring together your supporters for a team building activity, fundraising or brand awareness campaign. #Run4Charities #Run4AReason
    What can I say…I’m all about the plugs today!

    http://www.clevelandmarathon.com/Cleveland_Marathon_Charities/

  34. Sue says:

    Would love to run the Cleveland Marathon simply because I haven’t been there and running the city is possibly the best way to see it!

  35. Sue says:

    Another place or rather region I wanna run is Europe – especially in spring or fall – I can just imagine the perfect weather.

  36. Adrienne says:

    My favorite part of the Cleveland Marathon would have to be all of the crowd support and different entertainment at the various miles, it trult keeps you going and energizes you!

  37. dreadanielle says:

    The half marathon is the race I would love to run!

  38. I think my favorite part of the Cleveland Marathon was the crowd support. I loved petting all the puppies!!

  39. I would really love to run the half marathon again this year but I think the smarter move would be for me to run the 10K, But when have we runners ever been smart🙂

  40. Joanna says:

    Last year I began to take my running more seriously and follow my dreams of running long distance races. I ran the akron half in the fall and I loved it so much I knew I would be running my second one in the spring. The Cleveland Half marathon was perfect since I live right outside cleveland. Waking away from the cleveland race changed the way I viewed myself as a runner. PRing and taking 4th place in my age group I knew running was something I wanted to pursue for a long time. After finishing my third half marathon this fall, I knew it was time to step it up and run a full. I knew from the moment I crossed the finish line in cleveland last year, that I wanted to cross that finish line again but after running 26.2 miles. The energy from cleveland is something I will never forget and the memories are something that push me to run stronger every time. That is why I am committed to run the cleveland full this year.

  41. Joanna says:

    I could on for hours about all the positive things I experienced while running Cleveland last year. I think one of the great things about this race is it is close to my house and it offers a variety of different length options. This allows a variety of different types of runners of go through this experience. There’s no better feeling than running a race a knowing that your family and friends are somewhere on the course with you. Last year I ran the half and my dad wanted to participate in it as well. He wasn’t ready for a half quite yet, but luckily they had a 10k he felt comfortable running. My aunt and uncle also tagged along to run the 10k.

  42. beanie says:

    One of the best parts about the Cleveland Marathon is that the race runs through so many neighborhoods and really gets the community involved. I have never run this race but I have been a spectator several times. My favorite place to watch is at Lakewood park because it is towards the end of the race when runners need the most encouragement!

    • Jessica M. says:

      I love running through Lakewood! There are so many spectators and makes me feel so special. Join in on the fun this year and see what it’s like as a participant🙂

  43. beanie says:

    I would like to run the 10K. I am recovering from a bad injury last fall and will be gearing up towards my first half marathon in the latter half of this year (I am aiming towards Nationwide Children’s half in Columbus). I would love to be able to run Cleveland’s half this year but I think it is too soon given my injury.🙂

  44. cleverunner says:

    I think the biggest positive of the Cleveland Marathon is that it is the only sporting event in Cleveland that is ALWAYS a WIN for Cleveland. It is the biggest sporting event in Cleveland, professional or amateur, drawing thousands of competitors with distances frequently reaching their maximum capacity of runners, not to mention the number of spectators and volunteers along the course.
    Competitors go home that day with a sense of accomplishment while volunteers and spectators leave feeling inspired by the dedication and determination of all the runners.
    Everyone goes home that day with a sense of pride in their city for such a successful large scale event which ultimately is a win for Cleveland year in and out.

  45. cleverunner says:

    I plan to run the full bc, “I know every mile will be worth my while.”
    I just watched Disney’s Hercules.

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