FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Draws Event Record 15,631
33rd edition increases 200 percent since 2003; Bauer, Camp, Adams,
Yates, Lagat, Dado race winners
By: Leigh Greenfelder
CLEVELAND - (May 16, 2010) - The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon event saw
participation increase nearly 200 percent since Rite Aid became the title
sponsor - from 5,200 participants in 2003 to 15,631 in this year's 33rd
running. Both the half and full marathon sold out for the first time in the
event's 33-year history.
"Excellent weather and our runner-friendly course played a major part in
increasing participation," said Executive Race Director Jack Staph. "We're
happy that our marathon helps shine a positive light on the City of
Cleveland. This was an amazing day for our city."
An event record 15,631 runners participated in the 2010 Rite Aid Cleveland
Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, including a 5K on Saturday that drew 794
runners, the We Run This City Program that had 550 school-aged participants
from Cleveland Municipal School District and another 550-plus children who
participated in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Red Nose Children's Run on Saturday.
On Sunday morning, Brandon Bauer, a 23-year-old runner from Ashland, OH,
was the first to cross the marathon finish line in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 10
seconds. In dry and sunny conditions, he led the way with more than a half
mile between him and the nearest group of runners for the majority of the
"I trained hard and tried to stay focused on keeping my pace," Bauer said.
"It was a good course and I enjoyed running it."
Sergey Kostylen, 40, of Russia, was runner-up in 2:30:12, followed by
32-year-old Shaun Evans of Middle Grove, NY, at 2:32:41.
Twenty-four-year-old Nicole Camp of Sterling, OH, won the women's marathon
in her debut, finishing in 2:55:38. Orrville, OH resident Beth Woodward,
34, finished second in 2:56:39 with Ashley Anderson, 25, of Denver, CO,
Nineteen-year-old Ian Adams from Mt. Berry, GA, finished first in the men's
half-marathon in 1:12:56. Parma, OH resident Aaron Apathy, 24, took second
in 1:14:29, followed by 19-year-old Michael Sexton, also of Mt. Berry, GA,
who ran 1:16:12.
An Ohio runner led the women's half-marathon, with 32-year-old Mandy Yates
of Medina clocking a 1:20:30. She was followed by Kathryn Long of
Louisville, KY, who crossed in 1:21:40, while Courtney Cooper of Mt. Berry,
GA took third (1:23:32).
Common for the 10K race, elite international runners dominated the top
spots for the men's and women's events as Philip Lagat, 27, of Kenya and
Firehiwot Dado, 26, of Ethiopia won the men's and women's races in 29:05
and 33:08, respectively, and each took home a $1500 purse.
Lagat was followed by countrymen Festus Langat, 25, who finished in 29:08
and Aron Rono, 27, in 29:12.
Yuliya Archipova, 25, of Kyrgyzstan placed second in the women's 10K with a
33:50, followed by 31-year-old Benita Willis of Australia, who finished in
The 2010 race featured 13 neighborhood parties, 12 bands and 14 music
stations along the course. The Tremont neighborhood, a new addition to this
year's course was packed with parties, cheering sections, choirs and other
festivities. The finish line area, which featured live bands, a beer
garden, massage tents and a meet and greet with Cleveland Brown's first
round draft pick, Joe Haden - was overflowing with family and friends of
runners enjoying a spot on the grass in Mall B and Mall C.
Registration is open for the 2011 race, scheduled for Sunday, May 15, 2011.
33rd Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
Cleveland, OH, Sunday, May 16, 2010
1) Brandon Bauer (OH), 2:27:10, $1000
2) Sergey Kostylen, 40, RUS, 2:30:12, $500
3) Shaun Evans (NY), 2:32:41, $300
1) Nicole Camp (OH), 2:55:38, $1000
2) Beth Woodward (OH), 2:56:39, $500
3) Ashley Anderson (CO), 2:57:10, $300
33rd Rite Aid Cleveland 10K
1) Philip Lagat (KEN), 29:05, $1500
2) Festus Langat (KEN), 29:08, $750
3) Aron Rono (KEN), 29:12, $500
1) Firehiwot Dado (ETH), 33:08, $1500
2) Yuliya Archipova (KGZ), 33:50, $750
3) Benita Willis (AUS), 34:19, $500