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Issue Date: April 2005 Issue

Running Numbers

Last year's marathon boosted business volume by $6.8 million.
Jim Vickers

Two million feet have pounded out more than $1 million for charity during the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon & 10K's 27-year history, but the annual race's biggest beneficiary is clearly the local economy. A recent survey measuring the marathon's economic punch reports that the April 2004 race weekend boosted the city's business volume by $6.8 million. The figure was compiled from e-mail surveys filled out by 1,169 of the 6,000 runners who took part in the 2004 race, as well as nearly four-dozen health and fitness vendors on hand for the event. This year's race is set for the morning of May 22. While you're waiting for the starter's gun, check out some other numbers tied to the 2004 event.

Number of runners who live outside the city of Cleveland


Average number of family or friends who accompanied each runner to the race


Average amount spent by visiting runners and their accompanying party


Total number of people drawn downtown for the event


Total amount visiting runners spent at local restaurants


Total amount visiting runners spent for parking


Percentage of runners "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the 2004 event


Percentage of runners who recognized American Greetings as a race sponsor


Percentage of runners who recognized Miller High Life as a race sponsor


For more information on the report or the race, visit

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