Ohio > Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay
Akron, OH • Saturday, September 27, 2014 • Course Map
Known around the world for its famed Soap Box Derby world championship races every summer, the Ohio city of Akron hosts the 15th annual running of its Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay races in 2014, 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.
There, 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 4,000 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon alone at the event's 2013 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).
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See the race route map for the Akron Half Marathon
$70 for the half marathon, if registered by January 31, 2014
$75 between February 1 - March 31
$85 between April 1 - May 31
$90 between June 1 - July 31
$100 between August 1 - September 22
$110 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2014 running of the Akron Marathon, Half Marathon or Team Relay races, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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