Akron Marathon scheduled for September 24; How to watch the race
AKRON, Ohio – The 20th FirstEnergy Akron Team Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay will be held Saturday, September 24 in downtown Akron.
About 7,000 attendees will take part in the event, according to a press release.
The race starts in downtown Akron and crosses the All-America Bridge in the first mile. Course highlights include sites such as the Akron Art Museum, University of Akron, Firestone Park, Towpath, Sand Run Parkway, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, and Highland Square. The course ends on Main Street at the Akron Civic Theater and is followed by a Finisher Festival inside Lock 3. See course description.
“With 20 years on the Blue Line, this race has become a world-class racing experience for our participants, which will be amplified this year with a few surprises and nearly 100,000 spectators who will help us make this stage a vital one. part of our running atmosphere,” said Anne Bitong, President and CEO of the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, in a press release. “Whether you join us in support of a specific runner or are here to encourage everyone, we look forward to seeing you along the Blue Line.”
Here’s how to watch the event in Akron neighborhoods:
Start line/finish line
Spectators can watch the race begin north of the start line from 7 a.m. on the High Street between Market Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Walk east one block using Market Street to Mile 3.7 (corner of Broadway Street and Market Street). To watch the runners finish, walk three blocks south and turn left onto University Avenue near Mile 11.3 and walk two blocks west to Main Street.
The finish line will also be streamed live on the Akron Marathon Facebook page.
North Hill, Miles 1-3
From 7:04 a.m. to 8:10 a.m., spectators are encouraged to cheer on the runners along North Main Street, just north of the All-American Bridge.
Firestone Park, Miles 6-10
From 7:31 a.m. to 9:55 a.m., attendees can watch the runners at Mile 8 in Firestone Park.
Merriman Valley, Miles 16-17
From 8:24 a.m. to 11:25 a.m., spectators can see runners leaving the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail at the Portage Path at Mile 16.7 en route to Mile 17 at Sand Run Metro Park.
West Akron, Miles 19-25
From 8:40 a.m. to 1:25 p.m., spectators can cheer on the runners as they complete the final miles of the race.
Road closures will occur in each of the areas during the times listed above. See all road closures.
It takes around 2,000 volunteers to run the race each year. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit the Akron Marathon website.
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