Runners, spectators and commuters: Everything you need to know for the 2019 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

PHOTOS: 2017 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
Posted at 1:26 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 18:12:04-04

CLEVELAND — The 42nd Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Race will bring thousands of people from all over the country to downtown to run in the internationally recognized race, featuring some of the cities most iconic landmarks and streets. Whether you’re running the race, watching and supporting runners, or just commuting through the Cleveland area, here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Cleveland Marathon happening Sunday, May 19.

For runners


Participants will need to pick up their packets at the Huntington Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, on Friday, May 17 from 12- 7p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No race day registration packets will be allowed for pick up.

Race Day

All runners— marathon, half marathon, 10K runners and walkers— meet at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse at 6 a.m. for the 7 a.m. race start time.

The marathon route has changed over the years. This year the course includes North Coast Harbor and an extended route through the Detroit Shoreway and Gordon Square Arts District. The finish line is located at Public Square.

Following the race, runners, volunteers and spectators can celebrate together at the 26.3 Mile Rock Party at Public Square starting at 8:30 a.m. This free event will include live music, refreshments, a beer garden (opens at 8 a.m.) and merchandise sales.

Parking restrictions and street closures

Participants are required to be downtown on May 20 before 6 a.m. when many of the roads are closed.

Below is a list of which streets will be closed and when:

2019 street closures for the 2019 marathon

In addition, in Lakewood and Rocky River, the following restrictions will be in place, according to race officials:

Lake Avenue between W. 117th and Kensington (Rocky River). Please note Lake Avenue turns into Lake Road in RR.

All access streets along this portion of the routes have limited access.

No Parking on Lake Avenue between 5:00am and 5:00pm

You may park in any lot that is open to the public. For a full map of all parking locations in downtown Cleveland, please click here.
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Suggested lots that are close to the start and finish line area are (prices subject to change):

ABM Parking Services 24HR
678 Euclid Ave (between E. 8th St - E. 4th St): $6

ABM 645 Prospect Ave 24HR
645 Prospect Ave (between E. 8th St - E. 4th St): $10

Central Parking- PNC Center 24HR
850 Vincent Ave (between E. 9th St - E. 6th St): $4

LAZ Tower City 24HR
1591 W. 6th St (between W. Huron Rd - W. Prospect Ave): $16

Towne 777 Rockwell Garage 24HR
777 Rockwell Ave (between E. 9th St - E. 6th St): $6

Erieview Garage opens at 5am
1100 E. 10th St (at Lakeside): $3

Metro Parking
W3 and St Clair: $10 cash only

Metro Parking (commonly known as The Pit)
600 Front St $5 credit card only

Metro Parking
Canal and Columbus $3 cash only

PLEASE NOTE: Access in and out of many of these lots will be limited during the running of the 10K, the half marathon and the marathon. Please plan accordingly.

For watchers: Best spots to watch the race

Public Square (south end of square for start of race) Mile .3

Playhouse Square – U.S. Bank Plaza (E.14th and Euclid Ave.) Mile 1

Flats – Main and Old River Road (By Beerhead and Coastal Taco Restaurants) Mile 2.8

Lincoln Park – Starkweather and W. 14th, Tremont. Mile 5.8

Market Square Park - W. 25th and Lorain. Mile 9 (full and half) Mile 4.5 (10K)

Detroit Ave. between W. 25th and 85th St. (Gordon Square Arts District) Miles 11 & 12 (half); Miles 24 & 25 (full); Mile 5 (10K)

Lakewood Park (Lake Ave. and Belle in Lakewood) Mile 20.5

Wild Flour Bakery at 20111 Lake Road Mile 18.5 - Full Marathon Only

Superior Ave. and W. 9th. Mile 26

Superior Ave. at Public Square – Finish area

More information on the Cleveland Marathon here.