Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series?
A: The Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series was created with the goal of raising money for the hospital in its efforts to serve the children and families of our community. The series will include events on June 30th, August 11th, & September 29th and each event will include the same world-class treatment you’ve come to expect from the Akron Marathon over the past 15 years. Best of all, the Series is designed to coincide with training benchmarks and will include cumulative scoring and incentives leading up to our marquee September race.
Q: What are the runner premiums for the June races?
Beer tickets (for those 21 and older)
Root beer ticket
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?
A: The minimum age for the 8k is 12 years old and the minimum age for the 1 Mile is 8 years old.
Q: What is the start time and location?
A: The 8k and 1 Mile will start at 8:30 a.m. at 361 S. Union St. Akron, OH 44304, outside of InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron.
Q: After registering will I receive additional information?
A: Yes, we will send emails leading up to race day with additional information to help you get ready for race day. Final instructions are sent 2-weeks prior to the race via email and are also posted on the website. When registering please provide your primary email address.
Q: What is the average temperature on race day?
A: The temperature typically varies from 62°F to 78°F and is rarely below 54°F or above 86°F
Q: Where will I pick-up my packet?
A: At the InfoCision Stadium-Concourse (Gate 1, Southwest entrance) located at 375 E Exchange Street Akron, Ohio 44304 on Friday, June 29th, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (preferred). We will have limited race day packet pickup from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. at the same location.
Q: May I purchase tasting tickets as a spectator or runner?
A: Yes, a limited amount of beer tasking tickets will be available for purchase to those 21 and older. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket gate located at Gate 2. Identification will be required to purchase beer tickets.
Q: Will there be perks if I register for all 3 events?
A: Yes. All series finishers will receive a commemorative Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series medal & commemorative gift.
Q: Can I register on the day of the race?
A: No, online registration closes on Tuesday, June 26th. If spots are available after online registration closes, registration will be open at packet pick-up on Friday, June 29th, at the InfoCision Stadium- Concourse (Gate 1, Southwest entrance) from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Q: Can a race bib be transferred to someone else?
A: No, bibs are not transferable. Transferred bibs will result in disqualification.
Q: I was injured after registering for the race. Can I get a refund or defer until next year or a different event?
A: No – there will be NO refunds or deferments. We incur fixed costs for each runner based on registration numbers. As a result, we are not able to allow any refunds.
Q: Will you mail or email a confirmation to me?
A: Once you register online, you will receive a confirmation email immediately from Active.com. Please provide your primary email address.
Q: What distances are offered for the June race?
A: 8k & 1 Mile distances are available.
Q: Will the number of runners be limited in any of the events?
A: Yes, all of our events will be capped in effort to provide the same world-class experience for all of our runners. The 1 Mile race will be capped at 185 participants. The 8k will be capped at 1,925 participants.
Q: What is the time limit for each event?
A: 8k – 90 minutes (18:06 pace)
1 Mile - 30 minutes
Q: Where does the 1 Mile split from the 8K?
A: Runners will begin to separate on Spicer Street. There will be cones, signs and volunteers to help direct runners. The 1 Mile will split off to head into the stadium just after crossing over Exchange Street.
Q: Do you allow walkers?
A: Yes. The 8k course will remain open for one hour and 30 minutes meaning that the course will close on a pace of 18:06 minutes per mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the 18:06 min/mile pace must move to the sidewalk to allow vehicular traffic through. Runner services cannot be guaranteed for participants beyond the 18:06/30 min/mile pace. The 1 Mile course will be open for 30 minutes.
Q: What type of running surface is on the course?
A: The race is run on paved asphalt and concrete streets.
Q: What type of liquids do you provide along the course?
A: Water will be provided at all fluid stations along the course. Lemon-lime sports drink and water will be located at the finish line.
Q: Is it possible to drive the course?
A: The course is not entirely drivable due to some restricted areas only accessible to runners on race day. View course map here.
Q: Will Pace Teams be available during this race?
A: Yes, Vertical Runner will provide pacers for the 8k event. Supported paces include: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, & 13:00.
Q: Can I wear headphones while racing on the Akron Marathon course?
A: Yes, runners participating in the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series may use portable listening devices not capable of receiving communication; however, those competing in Championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices.
Q: Can a friend jump in to run a few miles with me?
A: Due to liability considerations, and out of respect for the registered participants, non-registered runners are not permitted to run or walk within the boundaries of the official course. Friends may stand adjacent to the edge of the defined course and cheer the participants on! Friends must NEVER cross the finish line or enter the finish zone.
Q: Are wheelchairs, strollers, or special vehicles permitted on the course?
A: The following items are not permitted on the course: skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, baby joggers, or any other types of vehicles (other than official race vehicles). These regulations are for the participant’s safety and the safety of the other participants in the race. The Wheelchair Division is limited to push rim racing chairs only in our September event in the Marathon distance only. Due to course restrictions, we no longer permit handcycles on our course.
Q: Where should spectators go to watch?
A: The 8k & 1 Mile will start on Union Street near the intersection of Union Street and Exchange Street at 8:30 a.m. With a Start and Finish at InfoCision Stadium, spectators have great opportunities to see the runners from various points that require very little walking.
- Start watching the race just outside the stadium on Union St./Brown St.
- After the Start, take a leisurely stroll one block east to Spicer Street. Here you will be able to see runners at mile 1.
- From Spicer, head back towards the Start Line to enter the stadium at Gate 1 and head down onto the field to cheer on the runners as they finish. Spectators may also enter the stadium through Gate 2.
Q: Will there be awards for each event?
A: The following awards will be given:
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Overall
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Masters
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Age Group
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Overall
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Masters
Q: Can I win double awards (overall and age group)?
A: No. You can only win one award. There is no double dipping for awards.
Q: What age is Masters?
A: You must be at least 40 years of age on race day.
Q: What's the age breakdown for Age Group Awards?
A: Age groups: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+. Please note participants of the 1 Mile race are not eligible for Age Group Awards.
Q: If I complete all 3 events will I receive anything special?
A: Yes, all series finishers will receive a commemorative Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series medal & commemorative gift.
Q: Will there be series awards?
A: Yes, please visit our Series Scoring page to learn more about these awards.