Cleveland Half Marathon set

By PATRICK MacCOON patrick.maccoon@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 3/18/17

Terra Running Company will host the inaugural Cleveland Half Marathon and 5K on Saturday, May 13.

The USA Track & Field-certified half marathon will be 13.1 miles and begin at 7 a.m. with …

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Cleveland Half Marathon set

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Terra Running Company will host the inaugural Cleveland Half Marathon and 5K on Saturday, May 13.

The USA Track & Field-certified half marathon will be 13.1 miles and begin at 7 a.m. with a 5K (3.1 miles) start time 15 minutes later.

A special registration fee for the half marathon is $65, while the 5K is $30 until entry fees increase April 1.

“Runners will get a free T-shirt, a finisher medal, a race packet with giveaways from our sponsors, and you can download your finisher pictures for free,” said Brittany Durkin, co-owner of Terra Running Company.

“If people sign up by March 22, you can get your name or nickname put on your racing bib. We are planning on having around 500 people involved in a race we hope shows off our great city and makes Cleveland proud.”

A minimum of 70 volunteers are needed for the event. If you are interested in volunteering for this special competition, please contact Terra Running at: (423) 790-7901. Volunteers are provided a free technical short sleeve T-shirt.

Several local businesses are sponsoring this event. They include: Chick-fil-A, Check Into Cash, East West Media, Cleveland State Community College, Lee University, Special Deliveries of Cleveland, Cooke’s Food Store, LoAdebar, QPCPics, Huma Gel, Team Lowman Endurance Coaching and Historic Cleveland Neighborhood Association.

Vendors will be set up at the finish line at the downtown Craigmiles Hall.

Organizers are still looking for sponsors, so if businesses are interested in getting involved, they can contact Terra Running Company.

There will be six aid stations on the course provided by Lee University, Cleveland State Community College, Historic Cleveland Neighborhood Association and Chick-fil-A with water and Huma Gel.

Craigmiles Hall won the online vote for the finisher medal, which is in front of the Bradley County Courthouse. The race route will include parts of the historic district, Lee University’s campus and on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway.

“We are excited to show off Cleveland with this race,” Terra Running co-owner David Durkin said. “We want the community to get involved and so far we have people from 10 or 11 states signed up to run the race. We will release what roads will be closed down closer to race time. We want to make sure everyone around town is aware of what is going on May 13.”

There is one course preview run remaining on Saturday, April 22, at the Bradley County Courthouse, sponsored by Picky Bars and Nuun.

Runners can participate in a fundraiser for Girls on the Run of Southeast Tennessee by signing up to be a SoleMate. Those who commit and raise $150 will get extra gear, VIP tent access before and after the race and a free entry into one of Terra Running Company’s other 2017 races.

For more information, visit http://www.clevelandhalf.com/course-preview-runs.

Registered participants can pick up their race packets and race numbers on Friday, May 12, at Terra Running Company from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Runners can also register at Terra Running Company that day.

“We hope this will become the marquee race in Cleveland,” David Durkin said. “We really have a great city and we hope this race shows it off along with a neat course.”

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