2014 RITE AID CLEVELAND EXPERIENCE

The 37th Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10k took over downtown Cleveland yesterday on a glorious spring morning ideal for running.  Here are some photos from the announce platform at the finish line on Lakeside Avenue where some 20,000 runners came blasting by.  Kenyans Philip Lagat and Sarah Kiptoo won the marathon titles.  Lagat ran a near 3:00 PR in 2:12::39 to add the marathon to his 2010 Rite Aid Cleveland 10k win, while Kiptoo defended her 2013 marathon title in 2:34:58.  Fellow Kenyans Julius Koskei (29:06) and Lilian Mariita (33:42) earned the 10K titles.

 

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Joy!

Joy!

 

Call Me! says #2280 Stella Balzli of New Castle, Pa. as she finishes her marathon in 4:45:27 with 10Ker Christine Shearer of New Wilmington, Pa. (51:39)

Call Me! says #2280 Stella Balzli of New Castle, Pa. as she finishes her marathon in 4:45:27 with 10Ker Christine Shearer of New Wilmington, Pa. (51:39)

 

We did it!

We did it!

Hand in Hand - #1796 Rebecca Wildman of Conroe, Texas in 4:06:53

Hand in Hand – #1796 Rebecca Wildman of Conroe, Texas in 4:06:53 &

 

Girls in Tutus in the half - #4784 - April Hirsh of University Heights, Ohio & #10672 -  KAREN KONRAD WILLOWICK, OH.

Girls in Tutus in the half – #4784 – April Hirsh of University Heights, Ohio & #10672 –
Karen Konrad, Willowick, Oh. with friend.

 

Come on, Dad.  We can finish!

Come on, Dad. We can finish!

 

Boys in Tutus, too!

Boys in Tutus, too!

 

Hellickson Family of Hinckley, Oh. awaiting arrival of Katey

Hellickson Family of Hinckley, Oh. awaiting arrival of Katey who ran 4:26:18

 

Pushing all the way! # 512 -

Pushing all the way! # 512 – Anthony Mooreland, Mayfield Heights, Oh. 3:28:07.

 

Friends forever!

Friends forever!

 

She/he Did It!

She/he Did It!

 

Sharon Anderson, Brighton, Michigan & Jerome Gross of Pinckney, Mi. finish the half in 3:22:22. Who talked Who into this?

Sharon Anderson, Brighton, Michigan & Jerome Gross of Pinckney, Mi. finish the half in 3:22:22. Who talked Who into this?

 

Sarah Kiptoo defends her women's marathon title in 2:34:58

Sarah Kiptoo defends her women’s marathon title in 2:34:58

 

Julius Koskei of Kenya wins 10K in 29:06

Julius Koskei of Kenya wins 10K in 29:06

 

Lending Helping Hands to Alise Smith of Lakewood, Oh.

Lending Helping Hands to Alise Smith of Lakewood, Oh.

 

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Toya enters senior division in Cleveland with both feet off the ground. Happy birthday, Toya!

Toya enters senior division in Cleveland with both feet off the ground. Happy birthday, Toya!  Fellow finish line announcer Rob Powers maintaining dignified silence.

 

The kick is the thing!

The kick is the thing for Cody Englander, 10, of Shaker Heights, Oh. in 50:31

 

Marathon win to Philip Lagat in 2:12:39, a near 3:00 PR.  He won the 10K in 2010.

Marathon win to Philip Lagat in 2:12:39, a near 3:00 PR. He won the 10K in 2010.

 

Cleveland 10k legend Anne Audain, 7X cvhampion, welcomes home We Run The City Program Kids.

Cleveland 10k legend Anne Audain, 7X champion, welcomes home We Run This City Program Kids.

 

We Run the City parents and vols enjoy the final mile.

We Run This City parents and vols enjoy the final mile.

 

Annde Audain with We Run the City program founder Tara Taylor all smiles as over 700 kids complete the program in 2014

Annde Audain with We Run This City program founder Tara Taylor all smiles as over 700 kids complete the program in 2014

 

We Run the City!

We Run This City!

 

Another great race weekend at Rite Aid Cleveland. See you in 2015!

Another great race weekend at Rite Aid Cleveland. See you in 2015!

 

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2 thoughts on “2014 RITE AID CLEVELAND EXPERIENCE

  1. I’m Stella Balzli 2280 (pictured above) if you really knew my Cleveland Marathon Experience you would get a great laugh! I missed the sign At the split and finished the Halfers nearly
    To their finish before I realized what I had done! So
    I did what any runner would do and I turned around and ran back to the 9.0 mile mark then continued to the 26 and finished the Full Marathon (technically I ran about 34 miles)! I did this because I completed pittsburgh Marathon 2 weeks before and I needed to complete a second marathon within 16 days to become a Bronze Level Marathon Maniac! Hahahaha!

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