Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation

Coming up on the 15th running of the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay, we've made great strides since our inaugural race in 2003. After tremendous growth, expansion into a race series, and many accolades earned over the years, the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation continues to excel in the running industry.


Event Highlights & Achievements

2003

  • Inaugural race with field of 3,775 participants
  • Hosted the North American Men’s Marathon Relay Championships
  • Hosted the USA Track & Field National Club Marathon Relay Championships 

2004

  • Hosted the North American Men’s Marathon Relay Championships
  • Hosted the USA Track & Field National Club Marathon Relay Championships 

2005

2006

  • Ranked as one of the Fastest Growing Marathons, marathonguide.com 

2007

  • Celebrated 5th running with field of 8,000 participants
  • Added Half Marathon to schedule of events

2008

  • Selected as one of the Top 10 Newer Marathons, Runner's World
  • Hosted USA Track & Field Women’s 8 km Championship

2009

  • Event participation surpassed 10,000
  • 5-Person Team Relay event sold-out

2010

  • Selected as a runner-up in reader’s choice category for Best Value, Runner's World
  • 2010 event generated an economic impact of over $4 million dollars to the Greater Akron area 

2011

  • Ranked as the largest 5-person marathon relay in the U.S., Running USA
  • Selected as one of 11 races to run in 2011, Active.com
  • 2011 event generated an economic impact of $5.2 million dollars and the equivalent of creating 46-jobs in the Greater Akron area 

2012

  • Record setting field of 15,000 runners
  • Spectacular start line celebration for 10th running
  • Special appearance of the Goodyear Blimp 

2013

  • Awarded the Summit of Sustainability Award in the Nonprofit/Community category for our greening efforts
  • Fastest Marathon Time in Ohio (Getachew Asfaw - 2:15:59)

2014

  • Generated an economic impact of $6.2 million dollars in the Greater Akron area
  • Earned Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for event greening efforts

2015

  • Generated a combined economic impact of $8.2 million dollars in the Greater Akron area

2016

  • Selected as one of the "50 US Road Races To Attempt In Your Lifetime" by HolidayLettings
  • Collectively raised more than $425,000 for Akron Children's Hospital through the support of sponsors and runners