Men’s and women’s champions announced in inaugural Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series

AKRON, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2015) – The points have been officially tabulated and the winners of the inaugural Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series are in. David Petrak (Mayfield Heights, Ohio) and Teresa Ferguson (Akron, Ohio) claimed the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, after accumulating the greatest number of points over the three-race series.

More than 1,300 runners took part in all three legs of the series, which began in June with the Thirsty Dog 8k & 1-mile. It continued with the August running of the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k, before culminating in September with the Time Warner Cable Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay. Points and monetary awards were distributed based on placing and distances run.

“We were completely blown away by the number of runners who competed in all three legs of the series,” said Akron Marathon Race Director Brian Polen. “We set the scoring up so that runners of all ages and all skill levels could compete on a level playing field, but we never could have imagined this much interest in our first year.”

More information on the awards and the scoring system can be found at

The 2015 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series saw more than 20,000 participants spread across three events. The series dates were developed to help guide runners through a typical training schedule leading up to the marquee events. The 2016 events will be held June 25, August 13 and Sept. 24. Registration is slated to open this winter.


2015 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series Final Standings (Points in parenthesis)

Male Overall Winners

David Petrak, Mayfield Heights, Ohio (370)

Damon Blackford, Akron, Ohio (360)*

Clark Schreiber, Tallmadge, Ohio (360)


Male Masters Winner

Tim Collins, Ashland, Ohio (330)


Female Overall Winners

Teresa Ferguson, Akron, Ohio (390)*

Beth Woodward, Orrville, Ohio (390)

Donna Serdinak, Akron, Ohio (360)


Female Masters Winner

Cynthia Richards, Stow, Ohio (330)*


Male 19 & Under

Niklas Steinbrunner APO, AE (225)


Female 19 & Under

Laura Leventhal, Akron, Ohio (200)


Male 20 – 24

Mark Talbott, Tallmadge, Ohio (315)


Female 20 – 24

Lauren Buser, Akron, Ohio (235)


Male 25 – 29

Verrelle Wyatt, Akron, Ohio (355)


Female 25 – 29

Molly Thomas, Wooster, Ohio (230)


Male 30 – 34

Chad Ledley, Akron, Ohio (255)


Female 30 – 34

Megan McNear, Negley, Ohio (230)


Male 35 – 39

Matt Cochran, Tallmadge, Ohio (245)


Female 35 – 39

Jill Zink, Akron, Ohio (290)


Male 40 – 44

Douglas Smith, Copley, Ohio (255)


Female 40 – 44

Michelle Farr, Medina, Ohio (310)


Male 45-49

Charles Novak, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (310)


Female 45 – 49

Cheryl O’Connor, Whitehouse, Ohio (315)


Male 50 – 54

Al Yovichin, Doylestown, Ohio (245)


Female 50-54

Deb McMasters, Uniontown, Ohio (300)


Male 55 – 59

Tony Harbert, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (300)


Female 55 – 59

Cheryl Nemeth, Parma, Ohio (305)


Male 60 – 64

Raymond Miller, West Salem, Ohio (300)


Female 60 – 64

Debi Glinsek, Akron, Ohio (270)


Male 65 – 69

Jim Ballard, Akron, Ohio (285)


Female 65-69

Dolores Manhoff, Medina, Ohio (330)


Male 70 & Over

Ron Legg, Beach City, Ohio (320)


Female 70 & Over

Chady Hall, Akron, Ohio (260)


A full list of results for participants of the Rubber City Race Series can be found here.

* Finishes higher via first tie breaker: fastest recorded time in the first event date where both individuals participated in the same distance.


About the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series

The Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series is organized by the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a non-profit 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. This year marked the 13th running of September’s marquee event (Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay & Kids Fun Run), which has grown by more than 300 percent since its inception in 2003. The series featured 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. Additional information is available at or by calling (330) 434-2RUN (2786).