Cleveland Marathon - April. The course of the CVS Pharmacy Cleveland Marathon is flat and fast (course record 2:11.30 male and 2:30.15 female); out and back with a loop; USA Track & Field certified and sanctioned; and a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. Paved, urban and suburban streets. Race starts and finishes at Cleveland State University in heart of downtown Cleveland, on Euclid Avenue. Course showcases many of Cleveland's historic sites and landmarks, including Jacobs Field (home of the American League Central Division Baseball Champions, the Cleveland Indians) and Gund Arena (home of the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers), past Terminal Tower on Public Square, and past the old world splendor of the the West Side Market, among others, on way out to suburban streets lined with businesses and beautiful Lake front residences. Other points of interest for visitors in Cleveland include the internationally-acclaimed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as the Great Lakes Science Museum, renovated riverfront warehouse district known as The Flats, now lined with restaurants and entertainment facilities, bustling day and night; also The Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Science Museum. The course takes runners on a five and a half mile loop of downtown Cleveland before heading west across the architecturally beautiful Detroit-Superior Bridge (Veterans Memorial), then west on Detroit and Lake Avenues through the cities of Lakewood and Rocky River along Cleveland's north coast (Lake Erie). The turnaround is near Clague Road, and runners take much the same course back to the finish. The elevation of the course ranges from 620 feet above sea level to 690 feet above sea level, with the start/finish at approximately 665 feet above sea level. There are no significant inclines/declines (hills) or obstacles on the course.