THE 2020 HERMES ROAD RACE SERIES INCLUDES 17 races featuring different distances and some of the best races in Northeast Ohio.


Chili Bowl Classic

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Distance: 5K
The Chili Bowl Classic is the first race of the 2020 Road Race Series! Held at the Hofbrauhaus Cleveland, the Chili Bowl Classic offers a scenic 5k course through downtown Cleveland. All race participants will receive a custom race shirt, NEW Finisher Medal, and post-race refreshments including hot, delicious chili made by Cleveland’s firefighters and policemen!


MAC 5K Race – Canceled



Redeemer Superhero Run – Now a VIRTUAL RUN (will not count towards the Series)



Hermes Westlake Spring Fever – Now a VIRTUAL RUN (will not count towards the Series)



Trojan Trot

Date: TBD
Distance: 5K

Come race with the Trojans in Amherst! This scenic course goes through a quiet neighborhood and a beautiful Metropark area. All runners receive a tech shirt, post race refreshments and awards for the top finishers overall and in age groups. Kick off your spring with us!


Jog into Spring

Distance: 5K

Step into spring by joining us for the 18th annual Jog into Spring 5K Run – 1 Mile Walk held at the Independence Community Center (Kiwanis Pavilion) on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Pre-registrants will be guaranteed a t-shirt if registered by April 15th. Race day registration t-shirts are subject to availability. Post race refreshments are provided to all participants. In addition each participant will receive a free raffle ticket for chances to win gift certificates to local restaurants, sporting events and fitness classes. The grand prize will be tickets to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. All proceeds benefit the Renee Roche Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization, which awards scholarships to graduating seniors from Independence High School who move on to pursue a postsecondary education in a helping profession. Proceeds also help maintain the outdoor classroom and garden in the courtyard of Independence Middle School. Renee was a health and physical education teacher with the Independence schools for over 26 years before losing her  eighteen month battle to leukemia in 2002. Have some fun and join in the run.



Race to Empower

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2020
Distance: 10K
Join UCP of Greater Cleveland for the eighth annual Race to Empower on Sunday, May 3.  This family-friendly race, which features 10k, 5k and one-mile options, will start and end at UCP of Greater Cleveland headquarters (10011 Euclid Avenue) and pass along the edge of University Circle through Rockefeller Park and the scenic Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Race highlights include a custom long sleeve t-shirt and goody bag for racers who register by April 17, post-race food and drink, a photo booth, DJ, and awards for top age group finishers in the 5k and 10k. All proceeds benefit programming for children and adults with disabilities here in Northeast Ohio.


Moms Rock

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020
Distance: 5K

We all know that Moms Rock… so make plans to celebrate Mother’s Day with a perfect 5K run/walk through Crocker Park. It’s all happening Sunday, May 10, 2020 starting at 8:30 am.  Registration includes a race T-shirt for all participants, flower for all finishers, age group awards, a special gift to the top 3 moms and more.  Whether you’re a mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, dad, son, brother, uncle, cousin or friend, it’s time to celebrate those special women in your life! Learn more at


Market Garden Brewery Ohio City Country 5K

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
Distance: 5K
Come join us for the Ohio City Country 5K! This evening race begins and ends outside of Market Garden Brewery’s production facility. Run through the streets of historic Ohio City and return for a post-race party on the patio of the Production facility All participants receive a custom unisex race shirt, one free beer from Market Garden Brewery, and much more!



Run for Pierogies

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020
Distance: 5K

In 2020, the Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies will turn ten years old!  We are planning some fun things this year to thank our participants for supporting the race over the years.  Many charities and community projects have benefited from the proceeds.  We plan to add a free kids run for children 8 and under this year.  Further, every participant will receive a well-stuffed goodie bag, our signature t-shirt, and post-race pierogies courtesy of Parma’s own Perla Pierogies.  We will also have icey, wet towels to cool you off right after the finish line.  The top three women and men in our many age categories will win our famous pierogie necklace award.  Our event takes place on the very flat Tri-C West Campus conveniently located at 11000 West Pleasant Valley Road.  We hope you will join us on Saturday, June 27.  Please contact Parma City Council President and Race Director Sean Patrick Brennan for questions, sponsorships, etc. at or 440-885-8091.


Brecksville Home Days

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020
Distance: 5K



Greater Cleveland Sports Commission 10K

Date: Friday, July 10, 2020
Distance: 10K



Will Run For Tacos

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020
Distance: 4 Mile
Who doesn’t love a little walk, jog, or run and TACOS?!! Run fast or run slow. It doesn’t matter. There will be tacos at the finish line for everyone!

Join us for a 4-mile run on the streets of downtown Cleveland and once you’ve completed the race, walk right into Harry Buffalo, enjoy the festivities and grab your complimentary Taco.

The race will be chip timed so be ready to walk or run. Along with a fun race t-shirt, there will be unique finisher medals for all race participants and special awards for our top 5 female and male finishers. Let’s not forget the drink specials at Harry Buffalo too!



A Shot in the Dark

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020
Distance: 4 Mile
The Winking Lizard presents the A Shot in the Dark race and party at the Galleria at Erieview in downtown Cleveland. Stay afterwards for live music, great food and an awesome summer party!


OROC (OutRun Ovarian Cancer)

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Distance: 5K
The 17th Annual OROC 5K Run/Walk is a family-friendly event that celebrates survivors and serves as a significant fundraiser for ovarian cancer, for which there is currently no screening method for early detection. The OROC 5K starts and finishes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and features live entertainment along the rockin’ 5K course. There will also be activities for the whole family, including the 1 Mile Family Fun Run, a craft tent, face painting, games and more.

OROC (OutRun Ovarian Cancer) is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to generating ovarian cancer awareness and raising funds for research and education. Over the past sixteen years, the 5K has grown to 2,500 participants and OROC has donated close to $1,500,000 to ovarian cancer initiatives in Northeast Ohio.

Come help OROC and put a new face on this disease – one of hope and encouragement.


River Run Half Marathon

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Distance: Half Marathon (13.1 Miles)
As the longest distance race in the 2020 Road Race Series, the River Run Half Marathon boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the Cleveland area. Run 13.1 miles through the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks while enjoying a smooth, relatively flat course. All participants receive a custom race shirt, finisher medal and post-race refreshments!



North Coast Harbor 10K

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Distance: 10K

North Coast Harbor’s wellness initiative wraps up the season with a race through the lakefront district featuring three distances for all running levels; 5K, 10K & 15K! Participants receive event long sleeve t-shirt, finisher medal and post-race refreshments.



Halloween Run for Justice

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Distance: 5 Mile

Dress in your Halloween best and join us downtown for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s 19th Annual Run for Justice! Choose between running scared or zombie walking the 5k, five-mile, or one-mile race. There will be Halloween themed entertainment and activities for the whole family, including crafts, face painting, and more, so get ready for a spooky time! Participants receive a long sleeve race shirt and refreshments.


Open to the public, this event benefits the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s charitable community outreach programs, including The 3Rs, helping students in the Cleveland and East Cleveland City Schools.


Pigskin Classic

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
Distance: 5K
As Michigan and Ohio State prepare to face off on the football field, get out on the pavement and show your support for the team of your choice! All participants will receive either an Ohio State or Michigan themed t-shirt and a post-race party to kick off the start of the BIG GAME!



Reindeer Run

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Distance: 5K
Get in the holiday spirit with the 21st Annual Reindeer Run! This festive 5K begins and ends at Lakewood Park and takes participants on a flat course through the city. Registration includes a custom long-sleeve race shirt, jingle bells for your shoes, post-race refreshments, photos with Santa and Dasher and plenty of holiday spirit!