Goodyear will sponsor August race for the next three years

Akron, Ohio (May 12, 2016) – The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation announced today that The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has signed a three-year agreement to be the presenting sponsor for the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series Half Marathon & 10k. Goodyear also served as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural sold-out event in 2015.

The Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k scheduled for August 13 will once again start and finish at the company’s global headquarters in southeast Akron. “Nothing says Akron more than Goodyear, and we’re excited to have a company with a global presence as the sponsor for our race,” said Anne Bitong, Akron Marathon President/Executive Director. “Runners still talk about running under the shadow of the Goodyear blimp flying overhead.”

All participants in the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k will receive quality race premiums for which the Akron Marathon has long been known, including an official race shirt and finisher’s medal. This year’s race shirt will feature the iconic Goodyear blimp based on the overwhelming response from last year’s participants. “Last year’s event was a huge success. We are excited to host over 3,000 runners and involve our associates as volunteers again this summer,” said Alison White, Goodyear’s Director of Community Engagement.

Race footage from last year’s event was captured from the Goodyear blimp flying overhead as well as on the ground. Click here to see a promotional piece for this year’s race, which includes footage from the 2015 event.

Registration for all three Akron Marathon Race Series events opened in January with incentives geared toward running multiple events. Entry fees for the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k are $85 for the Half Marathon and $55 for the 10k. Registration is available at



About Goodyear

Headquartered in Akron since 1898, Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 49 facilities in 22 countries around the world. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to

About the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series

The Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon 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. 2016 will mark the 14th running of September’s marquee event (FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay), which has grown by more than 300 percent since its inception in 2003. The series features race dates in June (National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile) and August (Goodyear 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).