The Cleveland Marathon was Sunday, and people you've never heard of won. Some bloggers whom you might have read also ran.
The race directors have continued to improve the race over the past few years. The marathon and half marathon races sold out for the first time in 33 years. However, despite the increased popularity, the race doesn't draw the big names. That said, Cleveland could be the place where you win.
Women, if you can run a marathon in less than three hours, you have a real chance of winning in Cleveland. For the men, if you can get under 2:30, you're in the hunt. Likewise, the half marathon winners finished in 1:12 for the men and 1:20 for the women. The 10-K is the event you have to watch out for, as that race draws the Kenyans and Ethiopians -- but still nobody you've heard of before.
It seems that the Cleveland Marathon is the only sporting event in the city where the local athletes win.
Ohioans took five podium spots in the marathon and half marathon, winning the men's and women's marathons and women's half marathon, and placing second in the women's marathon and men's half marathon.
Yet, for some reason, I seem to be advocating for outside competitors to come make life miserable for the homegrown runners. I guess I'm just used to watching the home team lose.