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Race Recap

Cleveland Half Marathon–May 19, 2013, by Jerry V.

On May 19th, I was one of 12 New Jerseyans to run the Rite-Aid Cleveland HM.  The Cleveland HM (Marathon/HM/10K/5K) was a fun race with lively crowds and nice views of Lake Erie, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Progressive Field and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  There was music along the course and a post-race party.  My favorite group was the “Trash Talkers”, students playing drums on garbage cans.  They were awesome and a nice change of pace from listening to the song “Cleveland Rocks” (which my wife and I heard played at a festival, at an arena football game, at an Indians baseball
game and at the start of the race).

Security was present at the expo and on race day.  After the national
anthem, there was a moment of silence for Boston.  While the course was advertised as flat, I found that highways and the final bridge presented hills.  Also, the streets were spotty.  Many porta-johns along course, but more were needed at the start – the concourse at Cleveland Browns Stadium could not accommodate 17,000 runners.

For me, the race was a mighty struggle, as I tired 3 miles in.  The lake breeze was nice, but the humidity was brutal.  I could not think about my time as I felt like a tiring race horse continually backing up.  I took water almost every stop; walking while I drank.  I also ate my first ever GU as I was desperate for energy.  I guess the 3 hours sleep due to the rowdy arena league football players and their loud girls they brought back from the night clubs in the hotel hallway did me in.  Still, I am happy that I finished in 1:54:44.

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