Marathon madness: Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland race canceled

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CLEVELAND-Hundreds of Northeast Ohio runners are disappointed, after a much-anticipated half marathon is canceled just weeks before it was scheduled for Cleveland's lakefront.

The Rock 'n' Roll Cleveland half marathon was set to take place on October 11. But it just never got enough traction.

That according to the Competitor Group of San Diego, California, who organizes the events.

Cleveland's inaugural Rock 'n' Roll half marathon was in 2013.

In an email to registered runners, they said, "..low levels of participation and local support," forced them to make this difficult decision.

"I was gonna do it with a friend of mine and I'm very disappointed because I think it's great for Cleveland I think that you know, having these larger events bring a lot of people in," said runner Danielle Goodridge of Cleveland.

Preparing for marathons like these takes a lot of planning, training and money, with participants coming in from all over the country.

Would be runners have been sounding off on social media, voicing their disappointment and demanding answers.

Organizers say runners who already registered can transfer to another Rock 'n' Roll marathon location, transfer to next year's Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon in May, or receive a full refund.

Still, that's little consolation for runners who were looking forward to the event.

Goodridge says, "...and there was supposed to be every mile or so, there was supposed to be a stage, and having like a live performance and I was just really looking forward to the energy and getting pumped up you know, live music and having the adrenaline competing in a race."

Race organizers say it's unlikely the event will return to Cleveland next year.

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