Saturday, September 24, 2016 • Akron, OH • Course Map
Known around the world for its famed Soap Box Derby world championship races every summer, the Ohio city of Akron hosts the 17th annual running of its Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay races in 2016, of which the 13.1-mile race is the youngest, having been added to this annual early autumn race event for the first time in 2007, sponsored by FirstEnergy.
The race itself is run primiarily on paved streets through Akron’s downtown areas and tree-lined residential neighborhoods, and past local landmarks like the stadium for the Akron Aeros, the double-A minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Both the half and the full marathon share the same starting line and time and follow the same route for most of the first half of the full marathon, which starts on South Main Street and takes runners first northward along Main Street for the first mile of the race and then North High Street toward Cuyahoga Falls Avenue.
After turning right onto Cuyahoga Falls Avenue and running northeast for the next mile, runners turn onto Gorge Boulevard and head back toward the starting area for the next stretch of the race and re-encounter the steepest hill of the course, first encountered at the end of mile 1.
Once the hill is conquered again, runners continue making their way southward along South Broadway Street and turn left into the campus of the University of Akron. Libraries, academic buildings, and the InfoCision Stadium add to the half marathon route scenery as runners take on the middle section of the course.
A few long stretches down South High Street, Bartges Street, Opportunity Parkway, West Cedar Street, and West Exchange Street await half marathoners after leaving the Univeristy of Akron campus before a final stretch along the canal toward the finish line at the Canal Park Stadium, the home of the Akron RubberDucks, Akron’s minor league baseball team.
More than 4,000 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon alone at the event’s 2015 running, and the race also hosts a one-mile fun run for kids age 14 and under, which is free of charge. Runners will have a course time limit of 3 1/2 hours to complete their 13.1 miles.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in northeastern Ohio, about 40 miles south of Cleveland and roughly 125 miles northeast of Columbus, Akron typically sees some of its mildest weather of the year in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 30°F (in 1984) and as high as 95°F (in 1973).
On race day (Sep. 24), the average low is 53ºF and the average high is 71ºF.
- $80, if registered by March 31
- $85, after March 31
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Akron Half Marathon, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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