Aiman Scullion from Akron and Emma McCarron from Mansfield finish first in 8K benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital
AKRON, Ohio (June 30, 2018) – AIMAN SCULLION and EMMA MCCARRON were the respective winners in Saturday’s sold out National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile, the first stop on the 2018 Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series.
Featuring 2100 runners from 20 states and from age 3 to 81, the National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile race started outside The University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium and finished on the 50-yard line. The morning’s first to cross over finish line were CHARLES NOVAK and MOLLY THOMAS in the 1-mile race.
National Interstate Insurance, in their fourth year as presenting sponsor for this first race in the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, officially renewed their commitment and recently signed a three-year deal to continue to serve as the presenting sponsor through 2021. Additionally, more than 100 employees either ran or volunteered in the race. “This race has truly become an event our entire company looks forward to every year. The excitement throughout our campus leading up to race week is inspiring and mirrors the event in so many ways – from race day enthusiasm to regional pride to the spirit of healthy activity and competition,” said Tony Mercurio, President & CEO of National Interstate.
The company honored their 5-year-old Akron Children’s Hospital Hero Patient, Cam Betz, with his own National Interstate racing suit for the series. Cam provided inspiration and cheered on runners from his featured Hero Patient Zone along the race route. Each year, Akron Children’s Hospital selects several Hero Patients to feature along the race routes, highlighting their fighting spirit and superhero powers. The partnership between the Akron Marathon and Akron Children’s has raised more than $900,000 to care for the region’s kids since 2016.
“With the National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile, along with all Akron Marathon Race Series events, we strive to create a race day experience that welcomes both seasoned athletes and first-timers. The excitement of this morning’s race as we introduced this year’s patient heroes, combined with participants enjoying their accomplishments at the finisher festival, is one of the best celebrations in the city. We are so grateful to our sponsors and volunteers who generously gave their time and energy to make this event what it is,” said Anne Bitong, executive director of the Akron Marathon.
The day’s winners included
● Men’s 8k: AIMAN SCULLION, AKRON – 25:12
● Women’s 8k: EMMA MCCARRON, MANSFIELD – 29:48
● Men’s master’s 8k: DAVID STEWART, MOGADORE – 31:50
● Women’s master’s 8k: TERESA FERGUSON, AKRON – 33:40
● Men’s 1-mile: CHARLES NOVAK, CUYAHOGA FALLS – 4:49
● Women’s 1-mile: MOLLY THOMAS, WOOSTER – 6:24
● Men’s master’s 1-mile: JEREMY WEAVER, BLACKLICK – 5:31
● Women’s master’s 1-mile: JENNIFER DOUGLAS, AKRON – 7:43
Registration for race and volunteer opportunities for the remaining two series events can be found at
www.akronmarathon.org. The Goodyear Half Marathon and 10k is set for August 11 and the marquee
event – the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, and Team Relay – will follow the blue line
through the streets of Akron on September 29.
8K FINAL RESULTS
MALE – AIMAN SCULLION, AKRON – 25:12; ANDY KNAPP, SHELBY – 25:34; DYLAN GARRITANO,
AKRON – 26:55
FEMALE – EMMA MCCARRON, MANSFIELD – 29:48; BECKI SPELLMAN, GALLOWAY – 30:03;
CHELSEA HALL, MEDINA – 30:19
MASTER’S MALE – DAVID STEWART, MOGADORE – 31:50; JACK BONNETTE, HUDSON – 32:33;
BRIAN REESE, BEACHWOOD – 32:46
MASTER’S FEMALE – TERESA FERGUSON, AKRON – 33:40; MICHELLE FARR, MEDINA – 34:33;
DIANNE LAHETA, BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – 35:55
1 MILE FINAL RESULTS
MALE – CHARLES NOVAK, CUYAHOGA FALLS – 4:49; CRAIG NIESET, CHARDON – 4:51; NEIL
MURDOCK, STOW – 5:31
FEMALE – MOLLY THOMAS, WOOSTER – 6:24; SAMANTHA COLLMAR, CANAL FULTON – 6:43;
SHERRI HEWIT, COPLEY – 6:55
MASTER’S MALE – JEREMY WEAVER, BLACKLICK – 5:31; WILLIAM BRAUNLICH, WADSWORTH –
5:56; CRAIG MELZER, KENT – 6:00
MASTER’S FEMALE – JENNIFER DOUGLAS, AKRON – 7:43, HANNAH GREBELSKY, AKRON – 8:04;
KELLY DAW, WADSWORTH – 10:03