Perfect Race Conditions make for New Course Records and Repeat Winners

AKRON, Ohio (August 11, 2018) – This morning over 2,000 runners gathered at Goodyear
Global Headquarters for the second race in the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race
Series – the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k. Aiman Scullion of Akron and Emma McCarron
from Mansfield were the overall winners in the half marathon with respective times of 1:09:56
and 1:21:17. McCarron set a new course record in the female half marathon beating the
previous best time by more than five minutes. Both Scullion and McCarron were winners of the
first race in the Akron Marathon Race Series – the National Interstate 8k held on June 30. The
10k titles were taken by 15-year-old Nathan Moore from Uniontown and Kelsie Nutter from
Concord finishing in 33:47 and 35:51.

The race which sold out both distances, saw participants from 28 states ranging from age 11 to
81. Masters division winners included Damon Blackford of Akron, Dianne Laheta of Broadview
Heights taking half marathon top honors and Charles Novak of Cuyahoga Falls and Michelle
Farr of Medina placing first respectively in the 10k. Novak’s time broke his own course record
set in 2015. A list of the top three finishers in all divisions can be found below.

All runners were cheered on by Akron Children’s Hospital hero patient Laine Goodyear, a fiveyear-
old with an infectious attitude for life. Akron Children’s Hospital serves at the Title
Beneficiary of the Akron Marathon Race Series. This event, as well as all three races in the
series, serves as a major fundraiser for Akron Children’s Hospital raising over $900,000 for the
care of our region’s kids since 2016.

The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation announced before the race that Goodyear,
presenting sponsor since the series inception in 2015, has agreed to continue in that capacity
through 2021. More than 450 Goodyear associates laced up their tennis shoes to run the race
or volunteered at the day’s event. “We love being a part of this race as it embodies Goodyear’s
commitment to caring for our communities. Welcoming runners from across the country to our
campus in pursuit of an active lifestyle, watching our own local associates join in the fun in such
large numbers, and all in support of Akron Children’s Hospital showcases striving for a better
future on many levels,” said Joni Fitch, Goodyear’s communications specialist, community

Along the course eight entertainment zones treated runners during the race and the awards
ceremony, House of LaRose Beer Trailer, Swensons Food Truck and the Acme Fresh Market
Ice Cream Sandwich Tent and band Big in Japan, all made for a lively finisher festival.

To register to run or volunteer for the last race in the series, the 16th running of the FirstEnergy
Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, and Team Relay held on September 29 visit

About the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series
The Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series is organized by the Akron Marathon
Charitable Corporation, a non-profit group founded in 2002 to provide a world-class marathon
and other events that promote health and fitness, stimulate the local economy, galvanize the
community and benefit charitable organizations. The series features race dates in June
(National Interstate 8k & 1-Mile) and August (Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k), culminating with
the 16th running of the FirstEnergy Full Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay & Kids Fun
Run in September. Additional information is available at or by calling (330)
434-2RUN (2786).

MALE – Nathan Moore (Uniontown) 33:47, Jeffrey Wunning (Wooster) 34:15, Tyler Wierzbicki
(Uniontown) 35:44

FEMALE – Kelsi Nutter (Concord) 35:51, Elizabeth Herndon (Kent) 36:26, Becki Spellman
(Galloway) 36:40

MASTER’S MALE – Charles Novak (Cuyahoga Falls) 35:47* NEW COURSE MASTER’S
RECORD, David Stewart (Mogadore) 38:10, Rob Robson (Uniontown) 40:39

MASTER’S FEMALE – Michelle Farr (Medina) 41:50, Elizabeth Tucci (Akron) 45:25, Denise
Young (Wadsworth) 45:39

MALE – Aiman Scullion (Akron) 1:09:56, Israel Merkel (Akron) 1:12:11, Dylan Garritano (Akron)

FEMALE – Emma McCarron (Mansfield) 1:21:17* NEW COURSE RECORD, Janel Zick (Salt
Lake City, UT) 1:25:32, Teresa Ferguson (Akron) 1:29:36

MASTER’S MALE – Damon Blackford (Akron) 1:22:13, David Lockard (Hampton, VA) 1:28:16,
Volker Keim (Hudson) 1:28:35

MASTER’S FEMALE – Dianne Laheta (Broadview Heights) 1:38:42, Debbie Harding (Akron)
1:40:23, Lisa Beilstein (Parma) 1:42:57