Thousands of volunteers and spectators support participants as temperatures range in the mid-30s for springtime race day - CLEVELAND (May 15, 2016) – Neither sleet, nor snow, nor rain and low temperatures could keep nearly 15,000 runners from competing in the 39th Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Despite temperatures in the mid-30s, spirits were high at the starting line just outside the Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Behind the scenes, a small army of University Hospitals staff and race volunteers mobilized to ensure racers would remain safe and accomplish their goals.
Executive Race Director Jack Staph said, “Our participants should be so proud of their accomplishments today. Finishing a race, of any distance, is laudable and persevering in challenging weather is even more impressive.
“Also,” he said, “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way our volunteers, staff and medical team stepped up and ensured the best possible experience we could provide. You never know what type of weather you’ll get in Cleveland, and after a year of hard work and preparation, I’m very glad we could quickly adapt to best serve our runners.”