Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS 

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to pick up an in-person race bib at the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k on Friday, August 12. For more information related to COVID-19 requirements please visit the Health & Safety portion of AMCC Rules & Policies.

Q: I purchased the “mail my bib” option. What do I need to do to show my proof of vaccination or a negative test?

A: Registered vaccinated participants that paid for the mail my bib service will receive an email with instructions on how to provide their proof of vaccination in advance of their mailing. Only those who can show proof of vaccination can purchase the mail my bib option. Anyone who chooses to show a negative test will have to attend Packet Pickup and show their negative test. 

Q: Do spectators have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result?

A: No. Runner-only areas will be strictly enforced; Start Line Corrals and the Finisher Festival. 

Q: How do I find a vaccine?

A: Need to find a vaccine near you? Contact your local physician or visit vaccinefinder.org for more information on COVID-19 vaccines and where to find one. 

GENERAL

Q: What are the runner premiums for the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k?

A:

Half Marathon
Short Sleeve Poly Performance Shirt 
Medal
Custom ASICS runAkron socks 
Post Race Recovery Food & Beer (21 & older)

10k
Short Sleeve Poly Performance Shirt 
Medal
Post Race Recovery Food & Beer (21 & older)

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?

A: The minimum age for the half marathon is 16 years old and the minimum age for the 10k is 12 years old.

Q: What is the start time and location?

A: The Goodyear Half Marathon and 10k will start at 6:30 am. The Start Line is located at the Goodyear’s Proving Grounds (394 S Seiberling St, Akron, OH 44306). The Half Marathon and 10k will have a combined start. The race will start in 6 separate 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. There will not be a separate start for the 10k. 

Q: After registering will I receive additional information?

A: Yes, you will receive your confirmation email shortly after registering. We also 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 63°F to 78°F and is rarely below 55°F or above 86°F.

Q: When will I pick-up my packet?

A: Packet Pickup will be held on Friday, August 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Akron 1307 E Market St, Akron, OH 44305. There will be NO race day pick up. 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 show your proof of vaccination or negative test with your name on it.  They will also need to verify that your registration information is correct (name, gender, age & emergency contact information). 

Q: When is the virtual race?

A: You can run/walk your race between August 13, 2022-September 17, 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 Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k 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. 
  • Please note proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be required to pick up an in-person race bib.
  • 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: Yes, all our events will be capped in effort to provide the same world-class experience for all our runners. The 10k race will be capped at 1,500 participants. The Half Marathon will be capped at 1,000 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 closes on Monday, August 8, 2022. 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 registration for the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k, click here for the searchable “Confirm Registration” feature on Race Roster. 

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 is the time limit for each event?

A:
Half Marathon – 4 hours (18:18 pace)
10k – 2 hours (19:19 pace)

Q: Do you allow walkers?

A: Yes. The half marathon course will remain open for 4 hours meaning that the course will close on a pace of 18:18 minutes per mile. The 10k course will remain open for 2 hours meaning that the course will close on a pace of 19:19 minutes per mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the 18:18/19:19 min/mile pace must move to the sidewalk to allow vehicular traffic through. Runner services cannot be guaranteed for participants beyond the 18:18/19:19 mile pace.

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 Goodyear Half Marathon & 10K 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 are able to hear audible cues from race officials and those runners in your immediate area. 

Q: Can a friend jump in to run a few miles with me?

A: 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 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 group awards will be based on chip time.

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

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 Group 

10k 

 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 

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 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.

Q: If I complete all 3 events will I receive anything special?

A: Yes, all series finishers will receive a commemorative race series medal & medal rack.