Saturday, September 28, 2019 • 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 20th annual running of its Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay races, 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 primarily 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 at Merriman Hills’s historic Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens on North Portage Path and heads south toward Memorial Parkway for the first mile of the race.
After the first mile, runners head back north along Merriman Road and into Northwest Akron, where they experience a foot tour of the tree-lined residential neighborhood, passing the Fairlawn Country Club just before the midpoint of the race.
The race continues through Northwest Akron, returning to North Portage Path and running south again, this time toward Highland Square.
A few long stretches down Market Street and Main Street await half marathoners before a final stretch toward the finish line at the Canal Park Stadium, the home of the Akron RubberDucks, Akron’s minor league baseball team.
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. 28), the average low is 54ºF and the average high is 72ºF.
- 2018 Akron Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Akron Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Akron Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Akron Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Akron Half Marathon Results
- $80 – $110 for the half marathon
- $85 – $120 for the full marathon
- $225 – $300 for the relay
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of the Akron Half Marathon, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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