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Latest River Run News

September 14, 2017 – Congratulations Runners!

Thanks to you the 18th Annual River Run Half Marathon was another great race! We hope you enjoyed the time you spent with us before the race, on the course, and at the finish line.  And we really appreciate the kind emails and social media posts and are thrilled to have been able to be a part of your day. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve your experience, please let us know. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and your feedback will help us out.

Mark your calendar for next year’s race – Sunday, September 9, 2018.

The Hermes Road Racing Team
“Every day is a good day when you run.” – Kevin Nelson


September 7, 2017 – Good Luck Runners!

In a few days you will be taking part in the most scenic half marathons in Northeast Ohio – the 18th Annual River Run Half Marathon!  The Hermes Road Racing Team wants to thank you for helping us make this a fabulous event!  We’d also like to thank our sponsors – Fleet Feet Sports, Valley Ford Truck, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Link Spine and Sport Rehabilitation, State Farm Insurance, Hudec Dental, Massage Heights, and the Chamberlain College of Nursing. Without all of you, this wouldn’t be possible.

Here are a few reminders – you must pick up your race packet before the race on Sunday.  You can go to all 4 Fleet Feet Sports locations from 10 – 7pm today (Thursday, September 7) or on Saturday, September 9 from 10am – 2pm at our offices (2425 West 11th Street, Tremont).  If you haven’t registered and still want to join us, you can sign up at one of the pick-up locations. 

Also, remember Shuttle Services will run from Rocky River High School to the start at Wallace Lake at 6:45am.  This Shuttle requires a bus ticket.  If you park at Wallace Lake, Shuttles will take you back after the race.  The entrance to Wallace Lake will close at 7:30am.  Walkers must park at Wallace Lake to be ready for the 7am start.  Family and friends can also take a Shuttle from Rocky River High School to the Finish Line starting at 8:30am.

Be sure to check out the fabulous offers from our partners in your RIVER RUN VIRTUAL RACE BAG! You’ll be glad you did!

Have a great race!  We’ll see you Sunday morning!

The Hermes Road Racing Team
If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney


September 1, 2017 – Race Morning Reminders

As you make your plans on race morning, here’s a parking reminder.  We’ll be running shuttle services to and from Rocky River High School and Wallace Lake.  Here’s the schedule:

Half Marathon Shuttle #1: Rocky River High School, 6:45 AM
(7 AM walkers cannot use this shuttle)
Runners can park at Rocky River High School (20951 Detroit Rd.) in the morning. All busses will leave promptly at 6:45 AM to take runners to Wallace Lake for the Start. Runners will be shuttled back to Rocky River High School after the race.
Note for the 6:45 AM shuttle:
THIS SHUTTLE WILL SELL OUT and requires a reservation to ride - you cannot board bus without your race bib, which will indicate that you have a reservation for transport to Wallace Lake in the morning. Please make your shuttle selection with your race registration to avoid confusion and hassle on race day.

Half Marathon Shuttle #2: Wallace Lake after the Race
(This is the only shuttle available for Half Marathon Walkers)
Participants can park at Wallace Lake prior to the race. At the Finish, participants will take a shuttle back to Wallace Lake. The entrance to Wallace Lake will close at 7:30. All vehicles must arrive before that time.

Half Marathon Walkers must park at Wallace Lake. Shuttle #1 will not arrive in time for the 7AM Half Marathon Walk start.

Spectator shuttles from Rocky River High School to the Finish Line will begin at 8:30 AM and run continuously.


The Hermes Road Racing Team

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves.  It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.  
---Patti Sue Palmer, U.S. Olympian


August 29, 2017 – Packet Pick-Up Locations

As the race gets closer, we’ll be sending you some reminders.  Here’s the first one – There will be no registration or packet pick-up on race day so make plans to visit one of the following locations:

Thursday, September 7th from 10am-7pm
Fleet Feet - Strongsville
13500 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44136

Fleet Feet - Northfield
114 East Aurora Road
Northfield, Ohio 44067

Fleet Feet - Westlake
26149 Detroit Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145

Fleet Feet - Pepper Pike
30679 Pinetree Road
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124

Saturday, September 9th from 10am-2pm
Hermes Sports and Events
2425 West 11th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

The Hermes Road Racing Team

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.  ---- Lou Holtz


August 17, 2017 – 25 days away and counting!

Please join us in thanking our River Run Half Marathon sponsors for helping make this race one of the best in Northeast Ohio!  The expertise each partner brings to us is invaluable and a great source for fun and unique products, services and advice.  Make sure to visit with them at the race, and check them out in the Physical Goody Bag and in the Virtual Race Bag. 

Saucony – running strong since 1898

Clif Energy Gels – the official energy partner of the River Run Half Marathon

The Hermes Road Racing Team

“Starting strong is good.  Finishing strong is epic.” – Robin Sharma


August 15, 2017 – Welcome The Link Spine and Sports Rehabilitation!

Welcome to a new age, contemporary approach to healthcare.  Dr. James R. Alberty and Dr. Artour D. Wright came together with a mission to establish an elite rehabilitation facility. With a combined 15 years of practice experience they have developed a practice with every aspect of patient care in mind. They believe in treating the body as a whole, for there is no magic pill to health.  In order to achieve optimal health one must address the mental and physical.

At The Link we pride ourselves on taking healthcare to the next level, focusing on a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare with the perfect combination of alternative with traditional. We pursue a well-rounded treatment approach with each patient, through the combined efforts of our licensed medical staff which includes: Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy assistants, Massage Therapists, Yoga Instructors, and Medical Doctor. It is our goal that every patient receives the one on one attention that they deserve to provide the highest quality care.
Check out our 10,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility conveniently located downtown Cleveland, across the street from Tyler Village at 1374 East 36th Street, Suite 2801 B (Superior Ave and 36th St).


August 3, 2017 – You’ll love this sponsors!

Welcome Massage Heights at Westgate in Fairview Park!  Make high quality, rejuvenating massage and skin therapy part of your healthy lifestyle and enjoy the Massage Hts. difference!

The Hermes Road Racing Team

“Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too” – Richard O’Brien



Hudec Dental
The old fashioned way of building a practice allowed for substantial growth throughout the past 4 decades at Hudec Dental, which now has grown to assist more than 100,000 patient visits a year throughout its 18 neighborhood locations.  From 1 employee in 1977, Hudec Dental now is proud to employ over 250 dental professionals helping improve the quality of life of those they serve.

Our friends at Hudec Dental know you're going to have an AWESOME day at the River Run, so they're offering FREE PHOTOS to all runners, to capture all your finest ‪#‎riverrunhalfmarathon moments!  Be sure to check back for all details.
And remember, after your race, be sure to stop over at the Hudec Dental red carpet area and have your photograph taken at the “SMILE YOU NAILED IT!” banner! Be sure to snap your own pictures to and send them to @hudecdental with #smileyounailedit for your chance to win Free Teeth Whitening, gift cards, fitness apparel and more


July 28, 2017 – Are you on track with your training program!

There’s only 43 days remaining until you “Smile and Nail It!” and complete one of the best half marathons in Northeast Ohio!  Be sure to check your schedule to make sure you’re getting in your mid-week runs for conditioning and feeling out your proper pace, and using the once-per-week long runs to get you mentally prepared for running 13.1 miles.

Don’t over-do-it.  Take your days off to allow your joints and muscles adequate time to rest.  And on your weekend long runs, make sure to bring plenty of water to drink after your run and during your run. It’s important especially when your long runs start reaching distances of seven, eight and nine miles or longer, to have water at the mid-point of your long run as well as at the end.

If you do happen to need any assistance at the finish line race morning, our friends from the Chamberlain College of Nursing will be on site to assist.  And if you’re an aspiring nurse looking to launch a rewarding career, or a nurse advancer building on professional nursing experience, Chamberlain offers the degree programs and options, resources and support to help you succeed.  Check them out at

The Hermes Road Racing Team

“I know I’m only competing against myself. I set goals and work hard to accomplish them. I understand the power of human will. I strive to help others in their quest for success. I know that I can face whatever road lies ahead. I am not satisfied with the status quo. My true self shines through.  I AM A HALF MARATHONER.


July 21, 2017 – 50 Training Days until the Race!

Sunday, September 10th is right around the corner and will be here sooner than you think…are you getting ready to run in one of the most scenic half marathons in the region?  Last year, 1,348 participants, ranging between ages 12 to 74, came to run this scenic course and we’re expecting to have a bigger turnout as we celebrate our 18th birthday!

Registration fees are $70 through August 31st and you’ll receive the best race technical t-shirt, B-tag timing, finisher medals, age group awards, physical and virtual race bags, free photographs courtesy of Hudec Dental, post-race refreshments, music and much more!  Join us…you’ll be glad you did!

The Hermes Road Racing Team

“Running isn't a sport for pretty boys...It's about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It’s the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It's about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It's about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It's about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there's not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you've finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that's all that you can ask for.”
― Paul Maurer, The Gift - A Runner's Story


July 18, 2017 – Challenge Yourself!

We know there’s 53 days until the race…so why wait to join in?  The River Run Half Marathon is the last race in the Hermes 26.2 Mile Distance Journey.  You’ll receive all the cool things you normally get with your registration – one of a kind finishers medals, age group awards, b-tag chip timed results, gender cut technical race shirts, both  physical and virtual race bags, a bag check, post-race refreshments and much more.  And if you complete all 3 races in the Distance Journey, you’ll receive the unique 26.2 Mile Challenge Medal as well...right at the River Run!

Register today! You’ll be glad you did!


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