2017 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Race Weekend Recap: Part 1

22 May

Another great Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon weekend is in the books!


The weekend started off with a great time at the 2017 Health and Fitness Expo. I had the day off on Friday, and this meant that I could meander through the Expo at a leisurely pace. Because I went to the Expo early in the day, I was able to score some of the vintage race shirts from last year’s race. I loved the fit of last year’s shirts, and a high-quality Brooks tech shirt for $5.00 is a bargain. I had a great time chatting with fellow Official Ambassadors Brian and Jill at their booth as well. (I urge you to read their books if you haven’t done so!)

In the evening, Sheila and I headed out to the VIP Reception at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade. I always love going to The Arcade because it is a prime example of how Cleveland so effectively re-purposes old, classic spaces for new uses. Growing up, my mom and I used to go to The Arcade for lunch and shopping after we would visit the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library. Over time, the space has been transformed into a magnificent hotel and event space that provides visitors and lifelong residents alike with a glimpse of the city’s storied history. The VIP Reception is always such a fun event, and I was definitely looking forward to the great camaraderie and delicious food that have always been the hallmarks of this yearly event.

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Group shot of the 2017 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Official Ambassadors!

I had a blast catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances. I even witnessed a marriage proposal!

Honestly, I was not looking forward to the race at all when I headed into race weekend. The end of the semester is a tremendously busy time for any educator, and I was exhausted by the time my professional responsibilities wrapped up on Thursday evening. The idea of running 13.1 miles in heat, heavy rain, and humidity—which is what the weather report was predicting at the time—seemed like an overwhelming endeavor. My training had been frustratingly uneven as well. All of these factors made me feel like Sunday morning would be a long, hard, and discouraging slog. As I drove to the Expo, I gave more than a passing thought to dialing down to the 10K so that I could get it over with more quickly. However, after visiting the Expo and enjoying the great fellowship at the VIP Reception, I started to feel the excitement about race weekend that I hadn’t felt in quite some time!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a full race recap!

Disclaimer: I had the honor to be selected as an Official Ambassador for the 2017 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. In exchange for chronicling my training on social media, I received a free race entry for myself and a free race entry to give away to my social media followers. All opinions are my own.

One Response to “2017 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon Race Weekend Recap: Part 1”


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