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 Akron Marathon races?

A: Marathon
    ASICS Half Zip
    Post Race Recovery Food, including pizza & beer

Half Marathon
    ASICS long sleeve tech shirt
    Post Race Recovery Food, including pizza & beer

    ASICS short sleeve tech shirt
    Post Race Recovery Food, including pizza & beer

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?

A: The minimum age for the marathon and the half marathon is 16 and the minimum age for the team relay is 14.

Q: What is the start time and location?

A: The Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay race will start on 217 S High St, Akron, OH 44308 at 7:00 am. The Wheelchair Division will start at 6:59 am.

Q: Where should I park?

A: FREE parking is available in all Downtown Akron parking garages and surface lots on race day.

Q: Is the Akron Marathon a qualifier for the Boston Marathon?

A: Yes, the course is a USATF Certified Course and is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. Qualifying times can be viewed here.

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. When registering, please provide your primary email address.

Q: What is the average temperature on race day?

A: The temperature typically varies from 52°F to 66°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 77°F.

Q: Where will I pick-up my packet?

A: Friday September 28th 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
    John S. Knight Center
    77 E Mill Street
    Akron OH 44308


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, the last opportunity to register is Sunday September 23rd. 

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  Provide your primary email address.


Q: What distances are offered for the September race?

A:  Events will include Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run.

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. Marathon-1,500 ; Half Marathon-4,000 ; Relay- 5,500 ; Kids Fun Run- 1,200.

Q: Do you allow walkers?

A: The Akron Marathon does not have a walking division. However, if a walker is able to finish before the time limits listed below, then they are welcome to participate.

Q: What is the time limit for each event?

A: The Full Marathon course will remain open for 6 hours and will close on a continuous pace of 13:44 min/mile. The Half Marathon course will remain open for 3.5 hours and will close on a continuous pace of 16:00 min/mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the pace requirements must move to the sidewalk or catch the SAG bus as the course will reopen and allow vehicular traffic through. Runner services cannot be guaranteed for participants beyond stated pace requirements.

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: Lemon-lime sports drink and water will be provided at all fluid stations along the course.

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 as well as portions of the course that run against traffic. 

Q: Will Pace Teams be available during this race?

A: Yes, Vertical Runner will provide pacers for both the full and half marathon events.  Our Pace Team provides a Pacer for many Boston Qualifying times! Both Full marathoners and Half marathoners will run in the same pace groups.  Half marathoners will split off for the final stretch and go to the finish. Supported paces include: 7:04, 7:15, 7:27, 7:49, 8:01, 8:12, 8:24, 8:35, 8:58, 9:10, 9:33, 10:07, 10:41, 11:16, 11:27, 11:50, 12:24, & 13:48.

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 I join a friend/ family member for a few miles at the end of the race?

A: No. 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 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.

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.


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 Groups

    Half Marathon
    Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Overall
    Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Masters
    Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Age Groups

    Team Relay
    Top 3 Men’s, Women’s and Mixed
    Top 3 Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Masters

Q: Can I double dip with awards?

A: No. You can only win one award. There is no double dipping for awards either in cash or age group awards. You will be awarded the highest dollar award.

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+.

Q: If I complete all 3 events will I receive anything special?

A: Yes, all series finishers will receive a commemorative 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.