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.
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 15th-Chili 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 8th-Green 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!
March 15th-Malachi 5 Miler
March 22nd-Jig & Jog 5K
July 4th-Bay Days 5 Miler
Shot in the dark 4 Miler
Patrick Joyce 5K
Wooster Half Marathon
August 30th-Northcoast 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 14th-Cleveland Heroes Run 5 miler (Very difficult race, they also have a 2 mile option)
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.