CLEVELAND, Ohio — More than 20,000 runners hit the pavement Sunday to participate in the 35th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.
A record number of participants signed up for the 26.2-mile race, half-marathon, 10K and 5K events. In fact, both marathon races sold out. Race officials said Sunday that this year’s event saw a 300-percent increase in participation since Rite Aid became the title sponsor in 2003.
“Well, it was a little warmer than we would have liked it today, but the runners turned in some great times and the crowds were unbelievable,” said Executive Race Director Jack Staph. “To have our men’s and women’s marathon winners run under 2:20 and 2:40, while setting records in the half and both 5K races is fantastic.”
Abraham Kogo, of Kenya, crossed the marathon finish line first, winning with a time of 2:19:59.
Mary Akor, of Hawthorne, California, took first place in the women’s marathon, finishing the race in 2:39:49.
Both winners collected a $3,000 prize, plus a $3,000 bonus for finishing under 2:20:00 and 2:40:00, respectively.
Three men from northeast Ohio finished in the top 10:
- 5th place: Timothy Budic, of Berea. (2:33:21)
- 8th place: Verrelle Wyatt, of Akron. (2:41:34)
- 9th place: Jeffrey Day, of Berea. (2:42:04)
Four women from northeast Ohio finished in the top 10:
- 6th place: Ashley Manlove, of Cleveland. (3:09:49)
- 7th place: Kelly Staruch, of Cleveland. (3:10:44)
- 8th place: Joanie Washington, of Sheffield Village. (3:11:02)
- 9th place: Sarah Perez, of Akron. (3:14:43)