NATIONAL INTERSTATE 8K & 1 MILE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

Q: What are the runner premiums for the June races?

A:

8k
Short Sleeve Cotton Poly Blend Short Sleeve Shirt
Medal
Post-Race Recovery Food & Beer (21 & older)

1 Mile
Medal
Post-Race Recovery Food & Drink

*If you run both the 1 Mile on Friday night and the 8k on Saturday, you will receive a pint glass. 

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?

A: The minimum age for the 8k is 10 years old and the minimum age for the 1 Mile is 5 years old.

Q: What is the start time and location?

A: New this year, the 1 Mile will be held on Friday night, June 24, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The 8k will start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Both races will start at the University of Akron.

Q: What will the start line process be?

A: On Friday, for the 1 Mile, there will be 2 waves. There will be 250 participants per wave. There will be a 30 second break in between the waves.
 

On Saturday, for the 8k, the race will start in 5 waves. There will be 400 participants per wave. Each wave will be walked up to the start line, held for 30 seconds, and have their own starting commands. Each participant will have a designated wave, based on pace, selected during registration. Wave number will be indicated on your race bib. 

Q: After registering will I receive additional information?

A: Yes, we will send emails leading up to race day with additional information to help you get ready. Final instructions are sent 2-weeks prior to the race via email and are also posted on the website. When registering, please provide your primary email address.

Q: What is the average temperature on race day?

A: The temperature typically varies from 62°F to 78°F and is rarely below 54°F or above 86°F

Q: Where will I pick-up my packet?

A: Packet Pickup will be held at the University of Akron’s James A Rhodes Arena (JAR) on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m and Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. You will receive an email race week with your bib number. Please know your bib number prior to arriving.  

All virtual participant’s packets will be mailed.  

Q: I am unable to pick up my packet, what are my options?

A: We recommend everyone to pick up their own packet however if you are unable to do so, someone can pick up for you. That person will need to verify that your registration information is correct (name, gender, age & emergency contact information). 

Q: May I purchase beer tickets as a spectator or runner?

A: No, spectators will not be able to purchase beer tickets

Q: When is the virtual race?

A: You can run/walk your race between June 24, 2022-August 6, 2022. 

Q: How does a virtual race work?

A: A Virtual Race is a race you can run at any location, at your pace, outside or on a treadmill. You will run the race distance and upload your finishing time. We suggest that all runners followrecommendations as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you do not use the National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile course route as it is not pedestrian safe without the usual race day street closures and safety assistance with traffic. You will not be able to use a virtual bib to participate in-person. 

REGISTRATION

Please review the following 2022 policies carefully prior to registering: 

  • Please note that by registering for any Akron Marathon Race Series event you are agreeing to the Akron Marathon Race Series Rules and Policies. 
  • No refunds or deferrals will be offered. Insurance may be purchased at time of registration. View insurance policy.
  • If the 2022 Akron Marathon Race Series in-person event(s) are canceled, all participants will be automatically converted to the virtual event. There will be no refunds or deferments offered – no exceptions.  
Q: Will the number of runners be limited in any of the events?

A: The 1 Mile race will be capped at 500 participants. The 8k will be capped at 2,000 participants. 

Q: Will you email a confirmation to me?

A: Once you register online, you will receive a confirmation email immediately from Race Roster. Please provide your primary email address.

Q: Can I register on the day of the race?

A: No, online registration for the in-person event closes on Monday, June 20. Registration for virtual events will close on May 28, 2022. There will be no on-site registration at Packet Pickup 

Q: I can't remember if I registered. Can I confirm my registration?

A: To confirm your National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile registration, click here to access Race Rosters “confirm registration” page.

Q: I was injured after registering for the race. Can I get a refund or defer until next year or a different event?

A: Did you purchase registration insurance? If so, use this link to file a claim with the registration insurance company.

If not, we have a no refund or deferment policy. 

COURSE

Q: What distances are offered for the June race?

A: 8k & 1 Mile distances are available.

Q: What is the time limit for each event?

A:
8k – 90 minutes (18:06 pace)
1 Mile – 30 minutes

Q: Do you allow walkers?

A: Yes. The 8k course will remain open for one hour and 30 minutes meaning that the course will close on a pace of 18:06 minutes per mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the 18:06 min/mile pace must move to the sidewalk to allow vehicular traffic through. Runner services cannot be guaranteed for participants beyond the 18:06/30 min/mile pace. The 1 Mile course will be open for 30 minutes.

Q: What type of running surface is on the course?

A: The race is run on paved asphalt and concrete streets.

Q: Is it possible to drive the course?

A: The course is not entirely drivable due to some restricted areas only accessible to runners on race day. 

Q: Can I wear headphones while racing on the course?

A: Yes, runners participating in the Akron Marathon Race Series presented by Summa Health may use portable listening devices. At all times, runners must be aware of their surroundings and be courteous of those around them. So, if you plan to run with music, make certain that you can hear audible cues from race officials and those runners in your immediate area.  

Q: Are strollers, or special vehicles permitted on the course?

A: The following items are not permitted on the course: skateboards, scooters, bicycles, roller blades, baby joggers, baby carriers or any other types of vehicles (other than official race vehicles). These regulations are for the participant’s safety and the safety of the other participants in the race. 

AWARDS

Q: Will there be awards for each event?

A: Overall awards will be based on gun time. Age groups awards will be based on chip time.

The following awards will be mailed post-event to in-person participants: 

8k 

 Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Overall 

 Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Masters 

 Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Age Group 

1 Mile 

 Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Overall 

 Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Masters 

Q: Can I win double awards (overall and age group)?

A: No. You can only win one award. There is no double dipping for awards. If a masters finished in top 3 overall, they become an overall and taken out of Masters

Q: What age is Masters?

A: You must be at least 40 years of age on race day.

Q: What's the age breakdown for Age Group Awards?

A: Age group awards are only awarded in the 8k event. 

Age groups: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.

All awards will be mailed; please allow 4-6 weeks. Please note, virtual participants are not included in awards since virtual results are unofficial. Age group awards will be based on chip time.