Elite Athlete Program

Our Elite Athlete Program provides an enhanced experience for elite runners in the September Marathon and Half Marathon.


Qualifying Standards

An upgraded experience will be provided for those athletes who qualify for the "A" standard in addition to the Invited Runner Premiums outlined below. Athletes who qualify for the "B" standard will receive the Invited Runner Premiums as outlined below. Age graded performances will also be considered.

The Akron Marathon believes that supporting American Distance Running is our responsibility and should be a priority. With this in mind, our elite athlete invitations and prize purse for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and Akron Marathon Race Series are reserved for those athletes who are Citizens of the United States.

Marathon

  • Men Open Division
    • A: 2:30:00
    • B: 2:42:00
  • Men Masters Division:
    • A: 2:40:00
    • B: 2:50:00
  • Women Open Division:
    • A: 2:53:00
    • B: 3:05:00
  • Women Masters Division:
    • A: 3:10:00
    • B: 3:20:00

 

Half Marathon

  • Men Open Division
    • A: 1:08:00
    • B: 1:12:00
  • Men Masters Division:
    • A: 1:16:00
    • B: 1:20:00
  • Women Open Division:
    • A: 1:20:00
    • B: 1:24:00
  • Women Masters Division:
    • A: 1:28:00
    • B: 1:32:00

 

Elite Athlete Premiums

  • Free entry into the Akron Marathon / Half Marathon
  • VIP Packet Pickup
  • Premium Akron Marathon Half Zip exclusive to Elite Athletes
  • Special “Elite Athlete” bib number and a front position at the starting line
  • Personal gear bag handling from the start to the finish
  • Private area and VIP experience at the Start Line
  • Private area at the Finish Line equipped with fluids, food, gear bag delivery, and massage therapists
  • More details to be announced as available!

 

For additional questions, please contact Race Director Brian Polen.


 

MARATHON AWARDS

Marathon Open Division

  • Men’s & Women’s First Place: $2,500 plus Champion Brouse Cup
  • Men’s & Women’s Second Place: $1,500
  • Men’s & Women’s Third Place: $1,000
  • Men’s & Women’s Fourth Place: $500
  • Men’s & Women’s Fifth Place: $250

Marathon Masters Division

  • Masters Men’s & Women’s First Place: $1,000 plus Champion Brouse Cup
  • Masters Men’s & Women’s Second Place: $500
  • Masters Men’s & Women’s Third Place: $250

Ohio Resident Division

This prize money is awarded to the first three men and first three women to finish the marathon who are residents of the State of Ohio at the time of the race regardless of age.

  • Men’s & Women’s First Place: $750
  • Men’s & Women’s Second Place: $500
  • Men’s & Women’s Third Place: $250

ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES FOR THE MARATHON

In addition to our prize money the following cumulative, cash incentives will be given to all runners who reach threshold levels in these marathon categories:

Open Men

  • Under 2:20 – $275
  • Under 2:18 – $275
  • Setting Event Record [2:15:59] – $550

Open Women

  • Under 2:45 – $275
  • Under 2:42 – $275
  • Setting Event Record [2:39:09] – $550

Masters Men

  • Setting Event Record [2:23:44] – $550

Masters Women

  • Setting Event Record [2:49:52] – $550

Wheelchair Division

  • Men’s & Women’s First Place: Award Plaque

Age Group Awards

  • Top Five Male and Female Marathon finishers in all age categories will receive recognition awards: 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+. You can win only one award.

MARATHON EVENT RECORDS

  • Men’s Marathon Open – Getachew Asfaw – 2:15:59 (2013)
  • Women’s Marathon Open – Maria Portilla – 2:39:09 (2005)
  • Men’s Masters Marathon – Richard Kessio – 2:23:44 (2014)
  • Women’s Masters Marathon – Elena Kaledina – 2:49:52 (2010)
  • Men’s Wheelchair Marathon – Joe Booth – 3:21:43 (2009)
  • Women’s Wheelchair Marathon – Holly Koester – 3:50:32 (2008)

 


 

HALF MARATHON AWARDS

Half Marathon Open Division

  • Men’s & Women’s First Place: $1,000
  • Men’s & Women’s Second Place: $750
  • Men’s & Women’s Third Place: $500

Half Marathon Masters Division

  • Masters Men’s & Women’s First Place: $500
  • Masters Men’s & Women’s Second Place: $375
  • Masters Men’s & Women’s Third Place: $250

ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES FOR THE HALF MARATHON

In addition to our prize money the following cumulative cash incentives will be given to all runners who reach threshold levels in these half marathon categories:

Open Men

  • Setting Event Record [1:03:58] – $550

Open Women

  • Setting Event Record [1:14:18] – $550

Masters Men

  • Setting Event Record [1:08:45] – $550

Masters Women

  • Setting Event Record [1:25:29] – $550

Age Group Awards

  • Top Three Male and Female Marathon finishers in all age categories will receive recognition awards: 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+. You can win only one award.

HALF MARATHON EVENT RECORDS

  • Men’s Half Marathon Open – Nicholas Too – 1:03:58 (2015)
  • Women’s Half Marathon Open – Hellen Jepkurgat – 1:14:18 (2015)
  • Men’s Masters Half Marathon – Richard Kessio – 1:08:45 (2015)
  • Women’s Masters Half Marathon – Brenda Hodge– 1:25:29 (2015)

 

SERIES SCORING

While we are not offering invited runner status for our Race Series, if you are targeting The Akron Marathon or Half Marathon as your Fall event, you may want to consider racing in our other two events for a chance to earn Series prize money and awards! Runners earn points through participation and performance to compete for the title of "Race Series Champion". For more information, please visit the Series Scoring page.