Akron, OH (May 4, 2021) — The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation has announced Traci Buckner and Doug Grassian have been elected to its 11-member Board of Directors.

Buckner is the executive director of the Akron Children’s Museum and provides leadership in day-to-day operations and guidance within the framework of the strategic plan. She possesses skills in all aspects of fiscal management, including budgets, grants, and contracting of services. Plus, Buckner has a track record of structuring and implementing programs and projects that yield sustainable, viable solutions that meet customer requirements and objectives and produce measurable results.

Grassian is the director of global external and digital communications at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He has more than 15 years of executive communication experience and leads a team focused globally on media relations, digital media, crisis communications, employer brand and asset public relations.

In addition to adding Buckner and Grassian to its Board, David Hunter, Attorney for Brouse McDowell, and Donald Luscher, Director of Regional Development at University Hospitals of Cleveland, have been given emeritus status.

“While the Akron Marathon was founded in 2002, our Board was formed in 2008,” states Akron Marathon president/executive director Anne Bitong. “We’re thrilled with the opportunity to work and serve with Traci Buckner and Doug Grassian as we continue to promote our vision of creating and managing dynamic, customer-centric events and programs that deliver opportunities to promote the City of Akron and active lifestyles for all.”

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

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

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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).

Contact:  Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation

Kat Allen, kat@ampstrategy.com