Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?


Marathon – 16 

Half Marathon – 14 

Team Relay – 12 

Q: What is the start time and location?

A: The Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay race will start at on 1 S High St, Akron, OH 44308 at 7:00 a.m. The Wheelchair Division will start at 6:59 a.m.  

Q: Where should I park?

A: Runners should park downtown where you can conveniently access your vehicle post-race. Free parking is available at all downtown decks and lots.  

If coming into town after 6:50 am roads will start to close along the course route. Please plan accordingly. Also, keep in mind that certain lots and decks will have delayed exiting if it is located along the course route, particularly along High Street and Broadway. Additional information & maps will be available in Final Instructions which will be sent out 2 weeks prior to race day.  

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. 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 29 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be NO race day pick up.   

John S. Knight Center 

 77 E Mill Street 

 Akron OH 44308 

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

Q: 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, sex, age & emergency contact information).


Please review the following 2023 policies carefully prior to registering: 

Q: Will you 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 24, 2023.

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


Q: What distances are offered for the September race?

A: Events will include Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run.

Q: Do you allow walkers?

A: The Akron Marathon does not have a walking division. The marathon course is officially open for six and a half hours after the last person crosses the Start Line; equivalent to approximately 14:53 per mile marathon pace. The half marathon route will remain open for three and a half hours, equivalent to a 16:02 per mile pace. Anyone who cannot maintain the 14:53/16:02 min/mile pace must move to the sidewalk to allow vehicular traffic through. Runner services cannot be guaranteed for participants beyond the 14:53/16:02 mile pace.

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 14:53 min/mile. The Half Marathon course will remain open for 3.5 hours and will close on a continuous pace of 16:02 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 is the elevation of the course?



Ascent 986 

Decent -1014 

Half Marathon:

Ascent 458 

Decent -495

Relay Leg 1:

Ascent 113

Decent -70

Relay Leg 2:

Ascent 246

Decent -291

Relay Leg 3:

Ascent 146

Decent -331

Relay Leg 4:

Ascent 330

Decent -100

Relay Leg 5:

Ascent 191

Decent -253

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

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

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; view the offered pace times. 

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

A: Yes, although not recommended, 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 are able to hear audible cues from race officials and those runners in your immediate area. 

Participants vying for prize money/overall awards are not permitted to wear headphones during the race. Participants found wearing headphones may be removed from overall awards, masters awards, and event records. 

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. According to USATF rules having someone pace you, who is not a registered participant, is considered assistance and may lead to disqualification.   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: The following items are not permitted on the course: pets, skateboards scooters, bicycles, roller blades, strollers, 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. 


Q: Will there be awards for each event?



 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. If a masters finished in top 3 overall, they become an overall and taken out of Masters. Where prize money is awarded in the marathon and half marathon distances masters athletes can double dip in awards if they place in the overall and masters category.  

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, 70+. All awards will be mailed, please allow 68 weeks. Please note virtual participants are not included in awards since virtual results are unofficial.