Rock Hall half marathon expected to bring 4,000 runners to Cleveland in August

CLEVELAND - Rock and roll and running. They don't seem like a likely pair, but they're coming together to take over Cleveland on August 19.

The fourth annual Rock Hall half marathon will start and end at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and is expected to see 4,000 runners from 43 states.

Runners can register online for any of the events. The half marathon and three-person relay will begin at 7:15 a.m., followed by the 10k race at 7:30 a.m. and the 5k race at 7:45 a.m.

All participants will receive a finisher's medal and event shirt. If you need an incentive to try and get that half marathon under your belt, half marathon runners and relay participants will receive a ticket to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, valid anytime.

The race expo and packet pick up will be held Friday, Aug. 17 at Second Sole in Mentor and Saturday, Aug. 18 at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pick up and expo dates are sponsored by the Lake Health Running Series.

Greater Cleveland XC, which announced the event with Second Sole, and the Lake Health Foundation are working together to increase awareness, educate the community and raise money to help address hunger as a health issue in the Greater Cleveland area. Participants can help by bringing a canned good or non-perishable item to the packet pickup. The food items will be donated to local food pantries.

Greater Cleveland XC is also partnered with News 5 to encourage and inspire a healthy lifestyle. News 5 anchor Rob Powers will emcee the event.

The run will be powered by PNC Bank, whose sponsorship helps fund training runs and community health and educational events.

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