The Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon announced that the 2021 race and related events, scheduled for May 15-16, have been postponed until the fall due to COVID-19.
The marathon team is committed to holding a safe in-person event and has been working closely with health officials at the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio since the summer of 2020 to do so. Ultimately, the city advised that the race be moved to the fall.
The health and safety of runners, volunteers and spectators are the marathon’s top priorities, and the team will continue to work with officials and its medical partner, University Hospitals Sports Medicine, to hold an event that is safe for all who participate. For those who do not feel comfortable with an in-person race, virtual options for all race distances will be available.
A specific date has not been set yet for the fall as the marathon team is actively working with the City of Cleveland on scheduling a date that does not conflict with a Cleveland Browns home game. An update is expected once the 2021 NFL schedule has been released.
“While we are disappointed that we must postpone race weekend, we are doing everything we can to hold an in-person event because our runners deserve it and we appreciate their patience,” said Jack Staph, executive director of the Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon. “Our team is dedicated to hosting a safe, high-quality race as we have done for decades, as well as virtual options, and we look forward to gathering together again in the fall. We are confident in our health and safety plan that has been developed with local and state health officials and University Hospitals.”
Registration for the in-person event in the fall has been paused until a date is set. However, registration for all virtual races is now open. For information on how to complete one of the virtual events, runners can visit https://www.clevelandmarathon.com/2021-registration/2021-cleveland-marathon-virtual-race.aspx.
Runners who deferred their registration from the 2020 event to 2021 can choose one of the following options:
-Participate in one of the 2021 virtual events in May or the fall of 2021
-Participate in the 2021 in-person race in the fall
-Defer to the 2022 race (scheduled for May 21 & 22)
Runners who registered in 2021 can choose to:
- Participate in one of the 2021 virtual events
- Participate in the 2021 in-person race
The marathon team appreciates the community’s patience and understanding as they coordinate logistics for the 2021 race. More information, including updates and health and safety protocols, can be found on the marathon’s website, www.clevelandmarathon.com, and social media channels.
About the Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon
One of the 50 oldest races in the country, the Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon features the following opportunities: Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids’ Run and Challenge Series. Online registration and additional information is available at clevelandmarathon.com.
There are opportunities for non-profit organizations to raise funds through their participation in the race through Cleveland Marathon Charities. Find out more at clevelandmarathon.com.