The Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2012. For the 2011 edition of the marathon, a group of wheelchair athletes was instrumental in successfully persuading the event organizers to bring back the wheelchair/handcycle division of the race. You can read about their campaign in this article from the Beacon-Journal of Akron.
The wheelchair/handcycle division returns for 2012, and registration is already filled to capacity.
Volunteer cyclists are needed act as safety escorts for the wheelchair/handcycle racers. Cyclists will be paired with racers based on ability; finish times for the 26.2-mile race can be as quick as around 75 minutes, up to a few hours.
To volunteer, please send an e-mail message to John Squires (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you'd like to compete as a runner in the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, or Kids' Run, registration is now open at: www.clevelandmarathon.com
Also, the first annual Canton Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, June 17, and volunteers are needed for that event as well. Details can be found at www.cantonmarathon.com; email John Squires (email@example.com) to volunteer as a wheelchair/handcycle safety escort; use the "Volunteers" link on the web site to volunteer for other event activities.