2012 Cleveland marathon generated $18.25 million for local economy

CLEVELAND - The 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon brought more than $18 million in for the city of Cleveland's economy, a news release on Wednesday said.

More than 20,000 people participated in the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and kids' run from May 18 to 20, which set a new record. That core group was responsible for $13.4 million spent towards our local economy.

"This report demonstrates the continued vibrancy of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and its beneficial impact on the economy of the greater Cleveland region," said Jack Staph, executive race director.

"We're extremely proud of the fact that the race has experienced 300 percent growth over the last 10 years, the runners continue to have an overwhelmingly positive experience and the event provides a large infusion of money to our hometown."

The 2012 race was the 35th anniversary of the Cleveland marathon, which is one of the oldest in the country.

The research, which was recently completed, was conducted by Pittsburgh-based Forward Analytics.

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