Akron, OH (May 19, 2021) — The Akron Marathon Race Series presented by Summa Health is thrilled to announce its Blue Line Striders training series in partnership with SummaCare, giving its running community a sneak peek into the new FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon &
Team Relay course.

During the Blue Line Striders training runs, happening once a month leading up to race day, participants will have the opportunity to run different sections of the Akron Marathon course. Additionally, each time runners meet, a doctor from Summa Health will join to discuss a health topic common for runners. All distances and paces are welcome!

Each Blue Line Striders training run has been carefully chosen based on the training plans outlined by the Akron Marathon and is the perfect supplement to assist runners leading up to each race.

Blue Line Striders training runs will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will preview sections of the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon course:

● 4 miles: Sat., June 12, Relay Leg 1, 199 S. Broadway St, Akron, OH 44308
● 7 miles: Sat., July 10, Relay Leg 2, 199 S. Broadway St, Akron, OH 44308
● 7 miles: Sat., Aug. 21, Relay Leg 4, 1466 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH 44313
● 12 or 20 miles: Sat., Sept. 4, 199 S. Broadway St, Akron, OH 44308
● Runner’s Choice: Sat., Oct. 9, 499 Memorial Parkway, Akron, OH 44310

“As the new presenting sponsor of this year’s Akron Marathon Race Series, Summa Health is actively making a deeper connection with our blue liners and supporting runners not only on race day, but throughout their training season in a meaningful way,” states Anne Bitong, president and CEO of the Akron Marathon. “This program is their way to show its incredible level of support, and was designed to act as the perfect complement to the Akron Marathon
training calendar.”

Topics discussed by Summa Health physicians will include common spring/summer injuries, the importance of long runs, the importance of cross-training/core work/stretching, personal record tips, avoiding the wall, and post-race recovery.

“We are thrilled to bring the expertise of our physicians to those participating in the Blue Line Striders Training Series,” said Dr. Nilesh Shah, Summa Health Sports Medicine Medical Director. “We know physical activity can sometimes come with injuries. By having these discussions, we hope to foster a safe and fun running environment for all, regardless of pace or experience.”

To register or for more information on the Blue Line Striders events, please visit facebook.com/runAkron.

The following race dates are confirmed:
● National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile, June 26, 2021
● Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k, Aug. 14, 2021
● FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay, Sept. 25, 2021

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About the Akron Marathon Race Series
The Akron Marathon Race Series is organized by the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a nonprofit group founded in 2002 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. The series features race dates in June (National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile) and August
(Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k), culminating with the 19th running of the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay
& Kids Fun Run in September. Additional information is available at AkronMarathon.org or by calling (330) 434-2RUN (2786).

About Summa Health

Summa Health is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals,
community medical centers, a health plan, an accountable care organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and
the Summa Health Foundation, we are nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to
healthcare delivery. Summa’s clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet
status), U.S. News and World Report, Healthgrades, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit
summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/summahealth, Twitter, twitter.com/summahealth and LinkedIn

About SummaCare
SummaCare is a provider-owned regional health insurance company founded in 1993 in Akron, Ohio. SummaCare offers health
insurance plans for employer groups and individuals. Its Medicare Advantage plans have been offered since 1996, and include
medical and prescription drug (Part D) coverage and have an extensive network of more than 10,000 providers and 63 hospitals,
including Summa Health. For more information, go to www.summacare.com.