While You’re in Town for the Cleveland Marathon

marathonYou’ve logged all the training miles, you’ve laced up your lucky pair of running shoes and you’re ready to line-up on the start line for the 36th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. But, while you’re in town, why not get the full Cleveland Experience by exploring all that the birthplace of rock and roll has to offer?

Friday, May 17

Upon arriving in Cleveland, head 13 miles from Downtown to the I-X Center (www.ixcenter.com) near the airport for the 2013 Cleveland Marathon Health and Fitness Expo and packet pick-up. Shop for discounted running shoes and gear from more than 200 vendors, learn from workshops and running experts and pick up your race bib, timing device and t-shirt.

Next, grab a hearty, carbohydrate-filled meal in the east side Little Italy (www.littleitalycleveland.com) neighborhood. First settled in the late 19th century by skilled Italian artisans, Little Italy has retained much of its Old World charm and tight-knit sense of community.  A blend of art galleries, shops and restaurants, Little Italy offers some of the finest Italian dining in Cleveland including pizzas and pasta, calzones and calamari. Some local favorites include Guarino’s, the oldest continually operating restaurant in Cleveland since 1918, the new and vibrant Mia Bella and pizza slices from Mama Santas. Of course, don’t forget to indulge in a little dessert like a cannoli from Corbo’s Bakery or gelato from Presti’s Bakery.

Saturday, May 18

Grab a healthy and hearty breakfast from Ohio City (www.ohiocity.com) neighborhood favorites including BonBon Pastry and Café or French-inspired Le Petite Triangle. Or, enjoy a traditional diner-style breakfast from the West Side Market Café. While you’re there, make sure to check out the ultimate foodie’s mecca, The West Side Market, where turn-of-the-century immigrants found their native foods and spices. Today the century-old market features more than 100 vendors with the freshest selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, produce, bakery, ethnic foods and international delicacies.

Keep your legs loose by heading over to University Circle (www.universitycircle.org), the most concentrated square miles of arts and culture in the nation. Just four miles from downtown Cleveland, University Circle is home to more than 20 artistic and cultural venues including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Western Reserve Historical Society and Cleveland Museum of Natural History, all of which are great to peruse on pre-race afternoon.

Take part in the Cleveland Marathon’s annual Pasta Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in the Arcade. Or, dine at one of downtown Cleveland’s award-winning restaurants in the East Fourth Street Entertainment District or the Historic Warehouse District*Note, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to pick up your race packet by 7pm.

Sunday, May 19

Race day! Good luck in the 36th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K.

After burning off some serious calories, refuel at some of Cleveland’s best brunch stops. Open until 2pm is the local favorite, Latitude 41N in the west side Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood. Or, head over to the Tremont neighborhood for the iconic Lucky’s Café, the family-friendly Grumpy’s Café and slew of award-winning restaurants who are opening their doors early to accommodate marathon crowds.

Before heading home be sure to pay homage to your idols by exploring the largest single collection of rock and roll artifacts in the world at the Rock Hall of Fame and Museum (www.rockhall.com), featuring more than 50 exhibits, dynamic cinema presentations and other cool, one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

Take the family out to the ballpark and root for the home team as the Cleveland Indians (www.indians.com) take on the Mariners at Progressive Field. And, don’t forget runners can use the special code offer “Cleveland” for discounted tickets.

Or, cool off with more than 1 million gallons of water at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com). Here, the 145’ walk-through Seatube tunnel lets visitors experience life under the sea as they are completely surrounded by fish, sharks and stingrays.

– Submitted by April Ingle, Communications Coordinator 

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