Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation

In 1999, the making of a world-class running marathon in Akron had begun, but the idea for the event was seeded in 1985 when Akron businessman and community leader Steve Marks ran his first marathon in Columbus. That experience gave him a first-hand view of the potential for a sporting event to boost community pride, involvement, and unity, while also contributing to the health, quality of life, and economic vitality of a community. With the help of his wife Jeannine and the support of many others, Steve began his journey to establish the Akron Marathon. In 2002, the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation was established and a year later, the Akron Marathon made its debut. Today – thirteen marathons later, the Akron Marathon has earned the respect that Steve Marks sought for the race.  It has experienced tremendous growth and is recognized to be among the top road races in the United States. In 2015, the Akron Marathon decided to expand it's role in the community with the creation of a Race Series consisting of two new races leading up to the Akron Marathon while following a typical training schedule for the marquee event. With the success of the race series, Akron Children's Hospital signed on as the title beneficiary of the series to utilize these events as a community fundraiser for the hospital. 


 

Mission

The mission of the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation is to provide a world-class marathon and other events that promote health and fitness, stimulate the local economy, galvanize the community and benefit charitable organizations.  

Vision

To create and manage dynamic, customer centric events and programs that deliver opportunities to promote active lifestyles for all abilities.

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