Ohio > Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay
Akron, OH • Saturday, September 28, 2013 • Course Map
Known around the world for its famed Soap Box Derby world championship races every summer, the Ohio city of Akron hosts the 13th annual running of its Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay races in the fall of 2012, 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 the locally based Acme Fresh Markets.
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 Broadway Street and takes runners first northward along Broadway and then onto Main Street for the first mile of the race, which turns around near St. Thomas Hospital. After making turns on both York Street, Schiller Avenue and Olive Street, runners then converge once again with Main Street and head south back toward the starting area for the next stretch of the race.
The first three miles of the half marathon feature perhaps its steepest uphill and downhill stretches, as runners continue making their way southward along High Street past the campus of the University of Akron, and join South Main Street for the stretch down to the turn onto Wilbeth Road.
These roads (like nearly all of the half marathon course) are run 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.
After making their way southward to Wilbeth Road, runners turn left and head eastward toward Firestone Park, and run all the way around the western edge of the park along Firestone Boulevard until they meet up with Brown Street, where they turn left and head northward for roughly the next two miles all the way up to the University of Akron, where they run along Sumner Street and University Avenue to meet up again with Broadway, followed by a few twists and turns and a brief stretch along the canal toward the finish line at the Canal Park Stadium, the home of the Aeros.
More than 9,600 runners crossed the finish line in all race distances combined at the event's 2012 running, including 4,000 finishers in the half marathon. 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 the race's 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 September temperatures that average between 56°F and 74°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.5 inches for the month, making September its third-wettest month of the year.
On the day of the race (Sept. 28), the average low is 52°F and the average high is 70°F.
View the race route map for the Akron Half Marathon
$65 for the half marathon, if registered by February 28, 2013
$80 between March 1 - May 31
$90 between June 1 - September 23
$105 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of the Akron Marathon, Half Marathon or Team Relay races, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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