Akron, OH (February 11, 2020) — The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation staff and Board of Directors have named seasoned runner Verrelle L. Wyatt their new race director, succeeding Brian Polen in the role.

With a passion for running and a love of the Akron Marathon community, Wyatt will be responsible for planning, organizing and staging the Akron Marathon events.

Wyatt, an Akron-native, joins the Akron Marathon team from Physio Balance and Sports Performance, LLC where he is serving as Owner and Physical Therapist. He has over 10 years of experience in leadership and operational management, and he is thrilled to join the team and add to its already effective systems, strategies and thoughtful event policies.

“In 2019, we saw more than 15,000 runners across our events,” states Anne Bitong, President & CEO of the Akron Marathon. “Verrelle brings a fresh perspective, an incredible energy and experience from racing our blue line that we know our runners will love.”

Former race director Polen is the owner of specialty running store Vertical Runner of Wooster, Ohio, which is growing and compelling him to put his energy in the store.

“Brian has been a part of the Akron Marathon for the last seven racing seasons, and his love of this race series and sport have been vital in shaping the Akron Marathon into what it has become today,” states Bitong. “And while Brian will be deeply missed, we’re thrilled for his growing business and that he will join us as a runner on the blue line this year!”

With race registration open, thousands have already registered for the 2020 season. Race officials are encouraging early registration to guarantee your spot as they anticipate all events to sell out.

The following race dates are confirmed:

● FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay, September 26, 2020

● Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k, August 8, 2020

● National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile, June 27, 2020

For more information, race registration and volunteer opportunities, please visit AkronMarathon.org.


For: IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2020

Contact: Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation

Kat Pestian, kat@ampstrategy.com