Kenyans Take Top Spots at CLE Rite Aid Marathon
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Some 20,000 runners and at least twice as many spectators were expected to participate in 37th Rite Aid Marathon today.
According to the marathon’s website, the male winner of the marathon was Philip Lagat, 31, of Kenya, with a time of 2:12:38. The female winner was Sarah Kiptoo, 24, also of Kenya, with a time of 2:34:57.
Kiptoo also won last year’s marathon for the women, with a time of 2:33:42.
For a complete list of results, click here.
The race began at Public Square at 7 a.m. The finish line was outside the Cuyahoga Courthouse on Lakeside Avenue.
Jack Staph, executive director of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, said there was a new race course that went beyond Cleveland this year.
“This year we are heading a little east to East 18th. And, then we are going to turn south and head west through Tremont, Ohio City, Lakewood and then Rocky River and then back,” he said.
Extra police presence and increased security measures were in place following the Boston Marathon bombing last year.
“They have sniffing dogs for bombs. They have police all over the course. We’ll have people in helicopters,” Staph said.
Runners had to check in their personal belongings in clear, plastic bags, to be picked up after the race. Spectators were allowed to carry purses and backpacks, but they could not be left unattended.
For more on the marathon, click here.