Cleveland Rocks!

illumiNITE will head to Cleveland this weekend for the 38th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Promoters say it’s one of the flattest and fastest courses in the country (can someone say Boston qualifier?!?).

Our crew will set up at the huge Health and Fitness expo on Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th. We love this event, because the people of Cleveland are fun, friendly, and fiercely proud of their city.

In honor of Cleveland and everyone traveling to the marathon this weekend, here are some interesting facts about this great city. And like the band The Presidents of the United States of America (and Jim Carrey) says – “Cleveland Rocks!!”

Fun Facts About Cleveland (from the website thisiscleveland.com):

Cleveland is the home of the first padded bicycle seat (1892). We’d like to personally thank Arthur Lovett Gifford for saving our delicate side and making our rides more comfortable.

The American League started in Cleveland in 1901 with charter member the Cleveland Indians.

The first Monday Night Football game was held in Cleveland in 1970. The Cleveland Browns beat the New York Jets 31-21.

Jessie Owens, Don Shula, Ben Curtis (2003 PGA British Open Champion), and Superman are all from Cleveland. (Superman was created by Cleveland high school students Joe Schuster and Jerry Siegel in 1933.)

Lifesaver Candies were created Cleveland in 1891 by Clarence Crane. Not relevant in any way – we just like Lifesavers (Butter Rum is #1)

Not really a fun fact, but a nice story we found on the event’s Facebook page (originally published in the Toledo Blade) is about the power of friendship. Seven-year-old Timothy Willoughby is running the Cleveland marathon to raise money for his friend, 13-year-old Randy who underwent a lifesaving kidney transplant a few months ago. This kid is amazing and so is Randy. Check out the story here.

illumiNITE will be at the Cleveland Convention Center on Friday, May 15th (11:00 am – 7:00 pm) or Saturday, May 16th (10:00 am – 6:00pm). If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by our booth to say hello. Mention this blog post and you’ll get a gift and an entry to win a new illumiNITE jacket.

Can’t make it to Cleveland this weekend? Leave a friendly reply to this blog post and be entered from afar! Drawing will be held on June 1st.

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.  – Jean de LaFontaine

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