Organizers of the Terra Running Company Half Marathon and 5K announced a “huge makeover” to the existing 5-kilometer race path, resulting in what they foresee will be the best road race course in …
Organizers of the Terra Running Company Half Marathon and 5K announced a “huge makeover” to the existing 5-kilometer race path, resulting in what they foresee will be the best road race course in the state, and possibly the nation.
The event organizers, David Durkin and Brittany Durkin, owners of Terra Running Co., also announced that Bayer Corp., will continue as event sponsor for the second year in a row. In addition, the organizers announced the event’s continuing partnership with Girls on the Run of Southeast Tennessee, which is part of a national program for third grade to fifth grade girls who train ten weeks for 5K runs.
The next half marathon and 5K is May 11, 2019. It will be the third year the event has been held in Cleveland.
David Durkin said the race route will undergo a “big shift.”
“For the first two years, the 5K course paralleled the half-marathon course for the first three miles,” Durkin said. “Next year, the 5K course will run through Lee University’s campus up the 20th Street hill into the historic district, and will have an absolutely gangbusters finish as they run all they way down Centenary Avenue to North Ocoee street."
Bayer Corp., which operates a plant in Cleveland, will sponsor the event for the second year. Peter Ochel is the plant manager.
Brittany Durkin said Bayer was an “awesome community partner.”
Ochre said Bayer was proud to sponsor the event for a second time.
"It’s a really good event, and we look forward to the same race next year,” Ochel said, adding that Bayer and the event share the same values.
“Bayer promotes wellness, and we try to support and enhance that,” Ochel said.
Funding for the race was supplied by sales of Bayer’s sunscreen products, which are manufactured in Cleveland.
“Support from sponsors makes it possible to do what we do,” Brittany Durkin said.
The Durkins also thanked Cleveland assistant to the city manager Brian Moran for his support.
“David was behind the race from very beginning," David Durkin said. “I don’t think we would have gotten off the ground without his support.”
Moran said the marathon offered the city the opportunity to "showcase" its historic downtown area.
“We are so excited that the Cleveland half marathon being sponsored by Bayer is coming back for the third year now," Moran said. "We have worked very closely with Terra Running Co., as well as with the [Cleveland] Police Department and the Fire Department to ensure all the participants are very safe for the half marathon and 5K. We are so excited to showcase our community's historic district downtown and all the wonderful features Cleveland has to offer.”
Moran said the event is a regional attraction that runners from all over the Southeastern United States travel to Cleveland to participate in.
Brittany Durkin said she was excited to announce the continued partnership with Girls on the Run for the second year.
“We are really excited to grow this partnership again this year,” said Durkin, who added that the girls in the organization participate in 5K runs twice a year. “We are really excited we are hosting the GOTRSET 5K as part of our race in the spring.”
Durkin said the event will grow by hundreds, with race participants running alongside the girls during the event.
Council director America Stum said her organization’s association with the event for a second year is a huge announcement.
"This means so much for GOTRSET. This is happening all over the country. All of the GOTRSET councils in all 50 states have a spring and fall 5K,” Stum said. “This spring it ill be unlike any other 5K we’ve allowed our girls to be a part of. What better way for them to feel so supported is to come to this top-notch 5K experience to showcase our city.”
Stum said there are teams in Hamilton County that will be traveling to Cleveland to participate in the event. She also said Bayer was a wonderful sponsor that supports a healthy wellness lifestyle to which organization wants to expose its girls.
“There’s going to be a ton of energy, so this race is going to be infused with a lot of pink, a lot of purple, a lot of energy. It’s going to be an incredible experience for everyone involved,” Stum said.
Registration for the spring event will open Aug.1. For more information, visit clevelandhalf.com In addition, a map of the route may be viewed at https://www.plotaroute.com/route/645483.
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