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Rite Aid Sponsors 32nd Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K

woman marathonA record 12,400 runners participated in 2009 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. The event also featured a new 5K that drew 500 runners, the “We Run This City” partnership for school-aged participants and the Kids’ Run, which had all participants wearing red clown noses.

“We were excited to once again sponsor a community event that is so widely renowned in the Cleveland area and across the country; one that has such a strong tradition and history,” says Senior Vice President of Marketing John Learish.

The Cleveland Marathon is one of the 50 oldest marathons in the country. More than 260,000 runners have participated since the event began, generating more than $12 million annually to benefit the Cleveland community.

Joel Stansloski, a 23-year-old runner from Tulsa, Okla., was the first to cross the marathon finish line with a time of 2:27:37. Twenty-five-year-old Jackie Baumgartner of New York City won the women’s marathon, finishing in 2:57:49.

Besides sponsoring the Marathon for many years, Rite Aid has raised over $284,000 for Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland through Children’s Miracle Network and has donated almost $170,099 to the greater Cleveland area through Rite Aid Foundation grants.