ELITE ATHLETE PROGRAM

Our Elite Athlete Program provides an enhanced experience for elite runners in the September Marathon and Half Marathon. We will open the application process in April.

QUALIFYING STANDARDS

An upgraded experience can be provided for those athletes who qualify for the “A” standard in addition to the Invited Runner Premiums outlined below. Athletes who qualify for the “B” standard will receive the Invited Runner Premiums as outlined below. Age graded performances will also be considered.

The Akron Marathon believes that supporting American Distance Running is our responsibility and should be a priority. With this in mind, our elite athlete invitations and prize purse for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and Akron Marathon Race Series are reserved for those athletes who are Citizens of the United States.

Marathon

  • Men Open Division
    • A: 2:30:00
    • B: 2:42:00
  • Men Masters Division:
    • A: 2:40:00
    • B: 2:50:00
  • Women Open Division:
    • A: 2:53:00
    • B: 3:05:00
  • Women Masters Division:
    • A: 3:10:00
    • B: 3:20:00

Half Marathon

  • Men Open Division
    • A: 1:08:00
    • B: 1:12:00
  • Men Masters Division:
    • A: 1:16:00
    • B: 1:20:00
  • Women Open Division:
    • A: 1:20:00
    • B: 1:24:00
  • Women Masters Division:
    • A: 1:28:00
    • B: 1:32:00

Elite Athlete Premiums

  • Free entry into the Akron Marathon / Half Marathon
  • VIP Packet Pickup
  • Premium Akron Marathon Half Zip exclusive to Elite Athletes
  • Special “Elite Athlete” bib number and a front position at the starting line
  • Personal gear bag handling from the start to the finish
  • Private area and VIP experience at the Start Line
  • Elite Fluid Stations on the Race Courses – Marathon (4), Half Marathon (2)
  • Private area at the Finish Line equipped with fluids, food, gear bag delivery, and massage therapists
  • More details to be announced as available!
For additional questions, please contact Race Director Brian Polen.

MARATHON AWARDS

*Athletes can only be eligible for prize money in the event in which they are registered for.  All Overall and Master’s awards are based on Gun Time, not Chip Time.

Marathon Open Division

  • Men’s & Women’s First Place: $2,500 plus Champion Brouse Cup
  • Men’s & Women’s Second Place: $1,500
  • Men’s & Women’s Third Place: $1,000
  • Men’s & Women’s Fourth Place: $800
  • Men’s & Women’s Fifth Place: $600

Marathon Masters Division

  • Masters Men’s & Women’s First Place: $500 plus Champion Brouse Cup
  • Masters Men’s & Women’s Second Place: $375
  • Masters Men’s & Women’s Third Place: $250

Ohio Resident Division

This prize money is awarded to the first three men and first three women to finish the marathon who are residents of the State of Ohio at the time of the race regardless of age.

  • Men’s & Women’s First Place: $750
  • Men’s & Women’s Second Place: $500
  • Men’s & Women’s Third Place: $250

ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES FOR THE MARATHON

In addition to our prize money for the Marathon Open and Masters overall placement, cumulative cash incentives will be given to all runners who set a new event record.

 Open Men

  • Setting Event Record [2:15:59] – $500

Open Women

  • Setting Event Record [2:39:09] – $500

Masters Men

  • Setting Event Record [2:23:44] – $500

Masters Women

  • Setting Event Record [2:49:52] – $500

Wheelchair Division

  • Men’s & Women’s First Place: Award Plaque

Age Group Awards

  • Top Five Male and Female Marathon finishers in all age categories will receive recognition awards: 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+. You can win only one award.

*In accordance with USATF policies, for The Akron Marathon & Half Marathon in September, where Prize Money is involved, participants CAN win more than one award where prize money is attached.  If you are an athlete over 40 years old and place in the top 5 in the Marathon or top 3 in the Half Marathon AND your finishing time also places you in the top 3 Masters for the race you competed in, you will be awarded the placement, awards, and prize money for the placement you earned in both the overall AND master’s categories.  Overall and Master’s winners will be removed from Age Group Awards.

MARATHON EVENT RECORDS

  • Men’s Marathon Open – Getachew Asfaw – 2:15:59 (2013)
  • Women’s Marathon Open – Maria Portilla – 2:39:09 (2005)
  • Men’s Masters Marathon – Richard Kessio – 2:23:44 (2014)
  • Women’s Masters Marathon – Elena Kaledina – 2:49:52 (2010)
  • Men’s Wheelchair Marathon – Joe Booth – 3:21:43 (2009)
  • Women’s Wheelchair Marathon – Holly Koester – 3:50:32 (2008)

HALF MARATHON AWARDS

*Athletes can only be eligible for prize money in the event in which they are registered for.  All Overall and Master’s awards are based on Gun Time, not Chip Time.

Half Marathon Open Division

  • Men’s & Women’s First Place: $1,000
  • Men’s & Women’s Second Place: $750
  • Men’s & Women’s Third Place: $500

Half Marathon Masters Division

  • Masters Men’s & Women’s First Place: $400
  • Masters Men’s & Women’s Second Place: $300
  • Masters Men’s & Women’s Third Place: $200

ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES FOR THE HALF MARATHON

In addition to our prize money for the Half Marathon Open and Masters overall placement, cumulative cash incentives will be given to all runners set a new event record.

 

Open Men

  • Setting Event Record [1:03:58] – $500

Open Women

  • Setting Event Record [1:14:18] – $500

Masters Men

  • Setting Event Record [1:05:16] – $500

Masters Women

  • Setting Event Record [1:25:29] – $500

Age Group Awards

  • Top Three Male and Female Marathon finishers in all age categories will receive recognition awards: 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+. You can win only one award.

*In accordance with USATF policies, for The Akron Marathon & Half Marathon in September, where Prize Money is involved, participants CAN win more than one award where prize money is attached.  If you are an athlete over 40 years old and place in the top 5 in the Marathon or top 3 in the Half Marathon AND your finishing time also places you in the top 3 Masters for the race you competed in, you will be awarded the placement, awards, and prize money for the placement you earned in both the overall AND master’s categories.  Overall and Master’s winners will be removed from Age Group Awards.

HALF MARATHON EVENT RECORDS

  • Men’s Half Marathon Open – Nicholas Too – 1:03:58 (2015)
  • Women’s Half Marathon Open – Hellen Jepkurgat – 1:14:18 (2015)
  • Men’s Masters Half Marathon – Kevin Castille – 1:05:16 (2017)
  • Women’s Masters Half Marathon – Brenda Hodge– 1:25:29 (2015)

SERIES SCORING

While we are not offering invited runner status for our Race Series, if you are targeting The Akron Marathon or Half Marathon as your Fall event, you may want to consider racing in our other two events for a chance to earn Series prize money and awards! Runners earn points through participation and performance to compete for the title of “Race Series Champion”. For more information, please visit the Series Scoring page.