Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k

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 27, August 8, & September 26 and each event will include the same world-class treatment you’ve come to expect from the Akron Marathon over the past 17 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 Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k?

A:

Half Marathon
Short Sleeve Performance Tech Shirt
Medal
Half Marathon Premium
Post Race Recovery Food

10k
Short Sleeve Performance Tech Shirt
Medal
Post Race Recovery Food

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 Goodyear Proving Grounds & Test Track (394 South Seiberling Street, Akron, Ohio 44316)
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 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: Friday August 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m at the John S. Knight Center at 77 E Mill St, 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. Please provide your primary email address.

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

A: No, online registration closes on August 4. If spots are available after online registration closes, the last opportunity to register is at Packet Pick-up on Friday, August 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m at the John S. Knight Center at 77 E Mill St, Akron, OH 44308.

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: Can a race entry be transferred to someone else?

A: Yes. If you would like to transfer your registration to a new participant, please click the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k registration page. From our registration page click on “Transfer” from the left or right side navigation bars. Once logged into your Race Roster account, click “Transfer to a New Participant” in the blue box and complete the steps as directed. If necessary, click here for detailed directions on how to transfer your registration to a new participant from Race Roster.

Please note the NEW participant will pay a $10 transfer fee. The original participant will NOT receive a refund. The exchange of monies is between the original participant and the new participant.

Q: How do I transfer sub-events/switch events? (example: move from the Half Marathon to the 10k)

A: If you would like to transfer your registration to another sub-event, please click the event registration page Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k registration page.   From our registration page click on “Transfer” from the left or right side navigation bars. Once logged into your Race Roster account, click “To a New Sub-Event” in the blue box and complete the steps as directed. If necessary, click here for detailed directions on how to transfer from one sub-event to another from Race Roster.

Please note there will be a $10 fee to transfer to a new sub-event + any applicable change in registration fees.

Q: I was injured after registering for the race. Can I get a refund or defer until next year or a different event?
A: No – there will be NO refunds or deferments. We incur fixed costs for each runner based on registration numbers. As a result, we are not able to allow any refunds.

COURSE

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. The 10k race will be capped at 1,500 participants. The Half Marathon will be capped at 1,000 participants.

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: What type of liquids do you provide along the course?

A: BodyArmor 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. View course details HERE.
Q: Will Pace Teams be available during this race?
A: Yes, the Vertical Runner Pace Team will be pacing the Goodyear Half Marathon. Please note the supported paces: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, & 3:30.
Q: Can I wear headphones while racing on the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10K 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 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 wheelchairs, strollers, or special vehicles permitted on the course?
A: 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. 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.

AWARDS

Q: Will there be awards for each event?
A: The following awards will be given:

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 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 Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon 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.