FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

Q: What is the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series?

A: The Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series was created with the goal of raising money for the hospital in its efforts to serve the children and families of our community. The series will include events on June 29th, August 10th, & September 28th and each event will include the same world-class treatment you’ve come to expect from the Akron Marathon over the past 16 years. Best of all, the Series is designed to coincide with training benchmarks and will include cumulative scoring and incentives leading up to our marquee September race.

Q: What are the runner premiums for the Akron Marathon races?

A:
Marathon
Brooks Half Zip
Medal
Post Race Recovery Food

Half Marathon
Brooks Long Sleeve Premium Tech Shirt
Medal
Post Race Recovery Food

Relay
Brooks Short Sleeve Premium Tech Shirt
Medal
Post Race Recovery Food

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?
A: The minimum age for the marathon and the half marathon is 16 and the minimum age for the team relay is 14.
Q: What is the start time and location?

A: The Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay race will start at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens on 969 Garman Rd., Akron, OH 44303 at 7:30 am. The Wheelchair Division will start at 7:29 am.

Q: Where should I park?

A:

Runners will have two options:

  1. Runners should park downtown where you can conveniently access your vehicle post-race. Free parking is available at all downtown decks and lots. Free shuttle service to the start line will be available on High Street and will run continuously from 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.
  2. Runners can also get dropped off at the designated drop off location at Vosello & Garman if they prefer.
Q: Is the Akron Marathon a qualifier for the Boston Marathon?

A: Yes, the course is a USATF Certified Course and is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. Qualifying times can be viewed here.

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 for race day. Final instructions are sent 2-weeks prior to the race via email. When registering, please provide your primary email address.
Q: What is the average temperature on race day?
A: The temperature typically varies from 52°F to 66°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 77°F.
Q: Where will I pick-up my packet?

A:
Friday, September 27th 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
John S. Knight Center
77 E Mill Street
Akron OH 44308

REGISTRATION

Q: Will there be perks if I register for all 3 events?
A: Yes. All series finishers will receive a commemorative Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series medal & commemorative gift.
Q: Will you mail or email a confirmation to me?

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

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

A: No, the last opportunity to register online is Sunday, September 22nd. Unless caps have been met, the final day to register is at the Expo on Friday, September 27th.

Q: I can’t remember if I registered. Can I confirm my race entry?

To confirm your registration for the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay, click here for the searchable “Confirm Registration” feature on Race Roster. 

Q: Can a race entry be transferred to someone else?

A: Unfortunately, the deadline for transfers has passed; it was on August 24th. 

Q: How do I transfer sub-events/switch events? (example: move from the Full to the Half Marathon)

A: The transferring between sub-events/switching events deadline has passed. Transfers between sub-events will only be accepted at the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, September 27; unless the event is sold-out. There will be a transfer fee of $10.00.

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 no refund or deferment policy.

COURSE

Q: What distances are offered for the September race?
A: Events will include Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run.
Q: Will the number of runners be limited in any of the events?

A: Yes, all of our events will be capped in effort to provide the same world-class experience for all of our runners. Marathon-1,500 ; Half Marathon-4,000; Relay- 5,000 ; Kids Fun Run- 1,000.

Q: Do you allow walkers?
A: The Akron Marathon does not have a walking division. However, if a walker is able to finish before the time limits listed below, then they are welcome to participate.
Q: What is the time limit for each event?

A: The Full Marathon course will remain open for 6.5 hours and will close on a continuous pace of 14:52 min/mile. The Half Marathon course will remain open for 3.5 hours and will close on a continuous pace of 16:00 min/mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the pace requirements must move to the sidewalk or catch the SAG bus as the course will reopen and allow vehicular traffic through. Runner services cannot be guaranteed for participants beyond stated pace requirements.

Q: What type of running surface is on the course?
A: The race is run on paved asphalt and concrete streets.
Q: What type of liquids do you provide along the course?

A: Orange-Mango BODYARMOR sports drink and water will be provided at all fluid stations along the course.

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 as well as portions of the course that run against traffic.
Q: Will Pace Teams be available during this race?

A: Yes, Vertical Runner will provide pacers for both the full and half marathon events. Our Pace Team provides a Pacer for many Boston Qualifying times! Both Full marathoners and Half marathoners will run in the same pace groups. Half marathoners will split off for the final stretch and go to the finish. Pacers will be available for the following times: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:50, 3:55, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50, 5:05, 5:20 and 6:00. 

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

A: Yes, runners participating in the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series 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 are able to hear audible cues from race officials and those runners in your immediate area. 

Q: Can I join a friend/ family member for a few miles at the end of the race?
A: No. Due to liability considerations, and out of respect for the registered participants, non-registered runners are not permitted to run or walk within the boundaries of the official course. Friends may stand adjacent to the edge of the defined course and cheer the participants on! Friends must NEVER cross the finish line or enter the finish zone.
Q: Are wheelchairs, strollers, or special vehicles permitted on the course?
A: The Wheelchair Division is limited to push rim racing chairs only in our September event in the Marathon distance only. Due to course restrictions, we no longer permit handcycles on our course.

The following items are not permitted on the course: skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, baby joggers, 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: The following awards will be given:

Marathon
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Overall
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Masters
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Age Groups

Half Marathon
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Overall
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Masters
Top 3 Men’s and Women’s Age Groups

Team Relay
Top 3 Men’s, Women’s and Mixed
Top 3 Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Masters

Q: Can I double dip with awards?
A: No. You can only win one award. There is no double dipping for awards either in cash or age group awards. You will be awarded the highest dollar award.
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 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+.
Q: If I complete all 3 events will I receive anything special?
A: Yes, all series finishers will receive a commemorative Race Series medal & commemorative gift.
Q: Will there be series awards?
A: Yes, please visit our Series Scoring page to learn more about these awards.