Additional race dates will coincide with training schedule for September event

AKRON, Ohio (Nov. 21, 2014) – The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation officially opened registration for the 2015 Rubber City Race Series, a new running series developed to guide runners through a typical training schedule. The series will feature two additional event dates, an 8k and 1-Mile on June 27 and a Half Marathon and 10k on August 15, in conjunction with the original marquee race, the Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, & Kids Fun Run on September 26.

About 90 percent of participants as of midday Friday have registered for a package to run in all three events of the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series (not sure if this is where you were trying to go with this sentence). The two new race dates are each limited to 3,000 participants while the marquee event, the Akron Marathon, expects to see record participation with over 15,000 runners.

“The addition of these new races as a part of the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series will not only allow our existing runners the ability to enjoy two new world-class events, the shorter distance races will hopefully attract new runners to the sport of running,” said Akron Marathon President & Executive Director Anne Bitong. “We’ve been about runner experience from day one, and the chance to grow the sport we love is really exciting!”

The June races will conclude with the Thirsty Dog Blues & Brews Finisher Festival Experience. The 1-Mile run will be fast and flat, while the 8k will offer a unique distance for both new and seasoned runners.

The August Half marathon and 10k will feature views of iconic landmarks in East Akron, including the Derby Downs, Lockheed Martin’s Air Dock, and more. Finishers can then enjoy Akron’s Best Food Festival with offerings of Akron’s most iconic foods.

September’s main event will debut a new course, featuring North Hill, Hardesty Park, and other beautiful parts of the city of Akron. Runners can expect the same great runner amenities, highlighted by the Olympic-style finish at Canal Park Stadium and an unparalleled world-class race experience.

To learn more about the new race series or to register, visit, which features information about each event in the series, course maps, and other details about the series.

The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation was 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 Akron Marathon, which consists of four events including the Full and Half Marathons, the five-person Team Relay and the Kids Fun Run, has grown by more than 10,000 participants since the inaugural event in 2003. New for 2015, September’s marquee event will mark the culmination of the Rubber City Race Series. The series will feature new race dates in June (8k & 1-Mile ) and August (Half marathon & 10k), providing greater opportunity for participation on all levels in the sport of running.