SPECTATORS

Find the best spots along our courses to make some noise and cheer on runners.

Spectators are a vital part of creating an exciting race atmosphere in Akron. Whether you’re here in support of one particular runner, or present to cheer on the masses, be sure to check out our spectator hot spots for enjoyable experiences throughout the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series!

Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay

The Akron Marathon will start at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens at 7:30 a.m. Spectators will NOT be allowed to take the runner-only shuttles to the start line. Below are a few locations along the course to see your runner.

 

  • Start Line
  • Mile 5.5
  • Mile 7.5
    • Parking Location: Surface Lots at Intersection of W. Market & Hawkins
    • Directions Avoiding Road Closures: W. Market St. to Hawkins
  • Mile 12.4, 15.9 & Finish Line
    • Parking Location: The University of Akron, 225 S. Forge Street, Akron, OH 44308
    • Directions Avoiding Road Closures: 
      • From West Akron: East on Memorial, East on Tallmadge, Take Route 8 to Buchtel, Exit towards The University of Akron Campus. Parking lot is on Buchtel
      • From Firestone Park: Route 8 North to Buchtel, Exit towards The University of Akron Campus. Parking lot is on Buchtel
  • Mile 22
    • Parking Location: St. Paul Church, 1580 Brown St, Akron, OH 44301
    • Directions Avoiding Road Closures: Route 8 to Wilbeth, West on Wilbeth, South on Coventry, West on Palmetto, South on Brown St.
  • Mile 23
    • Parking Location: Reach Opportunity Center, 980 Lake Shore Blvd, Akron, OH
    • Directions Avoiding Road Closures: I77 to Lake Shore Blvd, South on Lake Shore
  • Finish Line
    • Parking Location: Lot 1 at Canal Place, 500 S Main Street, Akron, OH 44308
    • Directions Avoiding Road Closures: 
      • From West Akron: East on W. Market, South on Hawkins, East on W. Exchange, East on Cedar,South on S. Main St.
      • From Summit Lake: North on Lake Shore, East on Thornton, South on S. Main.
      • Please note: Spectators are not permitted into runners-only areas, including on the field, on the Diamond Boardwalk, or past section 19 on the stadium concourse.

Neighborhoods

BLUE LINE BLOCK PARTIES

Help us keep our runners pumped up along the courses! If you live along the Blue Line, get a group of friends and family together to cheer on runners as they make their way along our course. We’ll even provide you a block party kit with festive items and noise makers to get the party started. If you are interested in hosting a Blue Line block party, please contact us!