Overall Rating
Overall Rating (11 Reviews)
4.3
(11 Ratings)(11 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.9
SCENERY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
4.5
Greater Cleveland XC is proud to present the Rock Hall Half Marathon. Partnering with the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as the event’s title sponsor, this race is guaranteed to end your summer with a blast! We’ve added a 10K distance and 3-person Half Marathon relay to go along … MORE
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    TerriB FIRST-TIMER '19

    PROS Great communication from Race director. Nice quality Race Shirt, I will actually wear again. Small expo, but great deals. Awesome Medal!! Free Pass to the Rock n Roll hall … MORE

    PROS
    Great communication from Race director.
    Nice quality Race Shirt, I will actually wear again.
    Small expo, but great deals.
    Awesome Medal!!
    Free Pass to the Rock n Roll hall of Fame.
    Nice course, pretty flat
    Prompt email with results, same day

    Cons
    Only Bathroom are at 3.5 and 9.5
    Hill to Finish line

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    5

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    Lorelei REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is a fun and fast race, no matter the distance you choose. I always run the half marathon and I believe that it is a great course for first-time … MORE

    This is a fun and fast race, no matter the distance you choose. I always run the half marathon and I believe that it is a great course for first-time half marathoners or for setting PRs. The course takes you through University Circle, the international gardens, and along Lake Erie for some fantastic views.

    This race celebrates Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is outstanding. So you will get some great music along the course.

    The shirts are my favorite. In the past, they were Nike shirts. This year, they were Brooks. They always choose a nice cut that actually fits. (I am an extra small lady and we find shirt sizes to be difficult). The medals are TO DIE FOR! Or, the massive size of it will kill you. This year it was shaped as a record with a guitar on it. Always gorgeous. And you get a pass into the Hall of Fame. You have the opportunity to get discounts passes for your crew, too.

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    5
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    5
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    kimlight2 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great race. Wide course so easy to pass people. Scenery was ok. Music along the course. Decent swag. Decent of food and water options. The hill at the end, right … MORE

    Great race. Wide course so easy to pass people. Scenery was ok. Music along the course. Decent swag. Decent of food and water options. The hill at the end, right before the finish line was a killer.

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    mzidonis FIRST-TIMER '17

    Would highly recommend this race to friends. The medal and race swag were outstanding and top-notch! You received excellent views of all the beauty Cleveland has to offer! The only … MORE

    Would highly recommend this race to friends. The medal and race swag were outstanding and top-notch! You received excellent views of all the beauty Cleveland has to offer! The only thing I would recommend to improve this race are more porta-pottys.

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    5

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    joekaufmann REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The Rock Hall Half Marathon is a tightly produced race where all of the small details are taken care of allowing the participant to enjoy a flawless race. The venue, … MORE

    The Rock Hall Half Marathon is a tightly produced race where all of the small details are taken care of allowing the participant to enjoy a flawless race.

    The venue, the course, the swag make for a tremendous experience. The event producers do not let you down and have sweated out the details so that the runner is left to enjoy the racing experience from packet pick up to the crossing of the finish line. This race is a must for your running calendar !

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    4
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    5
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    4
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    5

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    vonnegut74 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Runners have to go to the bathroom. This is something that all runners know, that sometimes you have to pee, or worse, during a run. Someone needs to tell the … MORE

    Runners have to go to the bathroom. This is something that all runners know, that sometimes you have to pee, or worse, during a run. Someone needs to tell the race organizers this news. There were no bathrooms on the course at all. I had to pee horribly and a friend of mine had an upset stomach. We found an off course port-a-john 5 1/2 miles in near a parking garage and sprinted toward it. Clearly we were not the only runners in distress. When In cane out there was a line of 20 runners at the port-a-John. Additionally, the only other ones on the rest of the course were ones that happened to actually be on the course all of the time in a park area. The water stops were weak as well. You had to ask for Gatorade. Why??? So, this is a super easy course, but it is not a race I would recommend for anyone who might have a bad race and need to go to the bathroom or, god forbid, need electrolytes in August. Skip it.

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    wshiple33 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The medal alone isworth running this race! Course was great, race swag included passes to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After party had lots of food and pizza, … MORE

    The medal alone isworth running this race! Course was great, race swag included passes to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After party had lots of food and pizza, even for the late finishers.

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    ivy164 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great race! Well organized, staffed along course, and fun venue. The course was fairly flat, which was great as I was I just coming back from a running injury. Nicely … MORE

    Great race! Well organized, staffed along course, and fun venue. The course was fairly flat, which was great as I was I just coming back from a running injury.

    Nicely located near downtown and along water for a few miles. Cool swag and thought including admission to Rock Hall of Fame was a nice touch. Though we used Uber/Lyft there was plenty of decently priced lots for parking.

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 31, 2017 at 11:20pm

    Thanks Ivy, and congrats on your comeback from injury – hope it was a successful return and everything's feeling good!

    Thanks Ivy, and congrats on your comeback from injury – hope it was a successful return and everything's feeling good!

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    Lorelei Aug 30, 2017 at 2:10pm

    This was a great race. I'm looking forward to doing it again next year. Perhaps we can meet up there.

    This was a great race. I'm looking forward to doing it again next year. Perhaps we can meet up there.

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    Lorelei REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is a fun event to run with family and friends. The course is relatively flat so you could a PR here. Or, this could be a great first half … MORE

    This is a fun event to run with family and friends. The course is relatively flat so you could a PR here. Or, this could be a great first half marathon.

    The start is at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so from the onset the energy level is high. Since it’s on Lake Erie, it’s also beautiful. The initial stretch is a long way down Carnegie, which is, quite honestly, boring and tedious. However, it is the way to reach University Circle where the course becomes gorgeous as you run alongside the Cultural Gardens. After the Cultural Gardens, the rest of the race is along Lake Erie which is a lovely sight in August when the water is blue and the boats are everywhere.

    For the women, the shirts are fantastic. They are fitted so show off your feminine curves. And the design is wonderful. Instead of putting sponsor names on the back, they put this, “Becoming a legend one step at a time”. The men’s shirts are equally nice.

    The medal is nothing short of amazing! This year it was a huge double fret guitar glittered in red. Spectacular!!!

    This race had 2500 runners so it’s not too big nor too small.

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 31, 2017 at 11:15pm

    I so wish they had a marathon option for this race, almost everything about it sounds amazing! And as usual, your photos make it come alive for us jealous types… MORE

    I so wish they had a marathon option for this race, almost everything about it sounds amazing! And as usual, your photos make it come alive for us jealous types who are missing out. Thanks, Lorelei! LESS

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    Lorelei Sep 01, 2017 at 2:37am

    I thought the same thing. It would be nice to have a marathon option. Hopefully, we will see you run this next year!!! Nudge nudge nudge.

    I thought the same thing. It would be nice to have a marathon option. Hopefully, we will see you run this next year!!! Nudge nudge nudge.

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    biroruns REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is a well run event by Greater XC Cleveland. Great course, great swag, plenty of refreshments, and a awesome finish medal. Plus you get a ticket to enter the … MORE

    This is a well run event by Greater XC Cleveland. Great course, great swag, plenty of refreshments, and a awesome finish medal. Plus you get a ticket to enter the Rock Hall of Fame. There are numerous bands playing along the race route. You finish running the last two miles along the shores of Lake Erie and finish in front of the Rock Hall. You can become a legend! one step at a time.

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    Lorelei FIRST-TIMER '15

    I absolutely loved the course. It went past most of the places that are beautiful and cultural in Cleveland. It was relatively flat. The medal is rock-n-roll themed and very … MORE

    I absolutely loved the course. It went past most of the places that are beautiful and cultural in Cleveland. It was relatively flat. The medal is rock-n-roll themed and very beautiful. The tech shirt is one of my favorites.

    The discounted tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the end was a nice way to finish out the day. To tell you the truth, I like this half marathon better than the Rite-Aid Cleveland Half Marathon.

    Will definitely do this again.

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