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Whether you want to go the full marathon distance running all the way or walk your way through a 10K, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon offers RUN FOR AUTISM participants options and a course they will love. With three races of varying length to choose from, the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K appeals to both runners and walkers alike. In fact, the race has a specific registration category for walkers. In addition, participants are drawn to the relatively flat course and great views of downtown Cleveland’s major landmarks, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Browns Stadium.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cleveland, OH


How to Join the Team

We can't wait to have you join the RUN FOR AUTISM-Cleveland team! To register for the marathon, half marathon or 10K email RUN Coordinator Sean Flynn at

If you are completing the Cleveland Double, which includes the 5K on Saturday and the marathon, half marathon or 10K on Sunday, and would like to receive FREE 5K registration, please contact RUN coordinator Alexandra van Wees.

If you have questions about registration, the team or anything related to the Cleveland 5K, please contact Alexandra van Wees.


Team Benefits


Specially designed race shirt

Fundraising Guide

RUN FOR AUTISM team emails

Hospitality at the OAR tent in the Finish Line Celebration/Charity Village

Once your fundraising reaches $50.00, you will be sent an OAR Runner's Kit. This kit includes the RUN FOR AUTISM t-shirt, specially designed race shirt and OAR information and fundraising material.



100% of the funds donated by participants during the Cleveland Marathon registration process goes to OAR. Participants are also encouraged to set up a free fundraising website with OAR to raise funds for autism research at

Those participating in only The RiteAid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K are required to fundraise a minimum of $250. Anyone who would like to participate in both the Cleveland 5K on Saturday as well as the marathon, half marathon or 10K on Sunday will receive FREE 5K entry and will have a fundraising minimum of $350 for the two races (total).

Runners have historically averaged raising between $750 and $1000. Runners who raise $2,500 receive an OAR fleece as a special "thank you".


Event Information

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10K will be held Sunday, May 20, 2012.

Why Run for Autism?

Raise money for autism research - More than $.84 of every dollar you raise will directly fund research studies that help answer some of autism’s most pressing questions. Since its inception in 2003, the RUN FOR AUTISM has raised more than $3.1 million for applied autism research.

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a national, nonprofit organization formed and led by relatives of children and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. OAR is dedicated to promoting research that can be applied to help families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with autism find much-needed answers to their immediate and urgent questions. Committed to the excellence in its services to the autism community, OAR funds applied research that will make a difference in individual lives; provides information that is timely, useful, and cost-efficient; and offers opportunities for the autism community to collaborate and make advances together.

Whether you are a runner, walker, donor or volunteer, your contribution makes you part of OAR’s RUN FOR AUTISM team.

In the end, you will have made a difference in the lives of thousands of families living with autism.