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Best Recreation League
Those youthful dreams of making it to the majors have been dashed, but that doesn't mean Clevelanders can't channel their inner athlete as a weekend warrior. Offering co-ed leagues in just about any sport you can think of, Cleveland Plays is the best way around to meet new friends or gather old ones while also getting in a little cardio. And nobody's gonna hold it against you if the post-game trip to the bar is your top priority.
Staff Pick: Lakewood Recreation
Best Fitness Club
Clevelanders like to eat and drink. A lot. But to maintain our dashing figures after those activities, we must hit the gym and pump those weights and spin those spinners, lest we begin looking like those schlubs from Detroit. With six locations dotted from east to west across Cleveland, Fitworks is the convenient venue for your slim-down and toning needs. Memberships are cheap, classes are plentiful, and no one stares too hard if you're still sporting a set of D-cup moobs.
Staff Pick: Lakewood YMCA
Best Skate Park
Lakewood Skate Park
Lakewood rose up early, compared to other communities, in building a skate park for its kids. Since 2005, it's been a bastion of safe skating, which is all the more impressive considering the struggles endured to bring it to completion. Though approved in the late 1990s, committee hearings, obstinate politicians, polls, and faux citizen outrage delayed the project a decade. Boy, do they look dumb now.
14530 Lake Ave., Lakewood,
Staff Pick: Lakewood Skate Park
Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon
Endless 5Ks dot the running calendar throughout the year, but there's only one race that captures Cleveland's complete attention, and it's the one that lasts 26.2 miles. Whether you're actually racing (kudos to you), watching the world-class talent that arrives in town to sprint for a couple of hours, or simply interested in counting the number of bloody socks, it's the pavement-pounding event of the year.
Staff Pick: Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon