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Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series

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August 13, 2016 (Saturday)
September 24, 2016 (Saturday)
Marathon, Half Marathon
Akron, Ohio
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The Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series features three dates, and every event will include the same world-class treatment you’ve come to expect from the Akron Marathon. Best of all, the series is designed to coincide with training benchmarks and will include cumulative scoring and incentives building up to our marquee September race!

In 1999, the making of a world-class running marathon in Akron had begun, but the idea for the event was seeded in 1985 when Akron businessman and community leader Steve Marks ran his first marathon in Columbus. That experience gave him a first-hand view of the potential for a sporting event to boost community pride, involvement and unity, while also contributing to the health, quality of life and economic vitality of a community. With the help of his wife Jeannine and the support of many others, Steve began his journey to establish the Akron Marathon. In 2002, the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation was established and a year later, the Akron Marathon made its debut. Today – nine marathons later, the Akron Marathon has earned the respect that Steve Marks sought for the race. It has experienced tremendous growth and is recognized to be among the top road races in the United States.

Event Start Location
Downtown Akron, Ohio in front of Morley Heath Center

Course Description
The Akron Marathon course is a rolling, scenic tour of some of Akron’s most beautiful destinations. Our course winds through diverse neighborhoods, city highlights and historical landmarks throughout Akron. Other than the four miles on the Towpath trail, which is a crushed limestone surface, the majority of the race is run on paved asphalt and concrete streets.

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Year: 2012     Participation


979 men competed in the 2012 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series 979 (60.2%)
    Total finishers: 1,625


646 women competed in the 2012 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series 646 (39.8%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Richard Kessio   Marathon Men 2:18:51 5:18  11.32 mph 
 Shanna Ailes Istnick   Marathon Women 2:55:09 6:41  8.98 mph 
Complete 2012 Results (All Races)
Year: 2009     Participation


982 men competed in the 2009 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series 982 (68.6%)
    Total finishers: 1,431


449 women competed in the 2009 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series 449 (31.4%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Richard Chelimo   Marathon Men 2:27:21 5:37  10.67 mph 
 Hirut Manderfro   Marathon Women 2:51:59 6:34  9.14 mph 
 Sergey Kaledin   Marathon Masters Men 2:31:51 5:48  10.35 mph 
 Elena Kaledina   Marathon  Masters Women  2:53:03 6:36  9.08 mph 
Complete 2009 Results (All Races)
Year: 2006     Participation


725 men competed in the 2006 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series 725 (69.8%)
    Total finishers: 1,038


313 women competed in the 2006 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series 313 (30.2%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Alene Reta   Marathon Men 2:22:02 5:25  11.07 mph 
 Leteyesus Berhe   Marathon Women 2:55:23 6:42  8.96 mph 
 John Piggott   Marathon Masters Men 2:37:31 6:01  9.98 mph 
 Karen Collins   Marathon  Masters Women  3:17:28 7:32  7.96 mph 
Complete 2006 Results (All Races)
Year: 2005     Participation


565 men competed in the 2005 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series 565 (73.9%)
    Total finishers: 765


200 women competed in the 2005 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series 200 (26.1%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Charles Kamindo   Marathon Men 2:18:48 5:18  11.33 mph 
 Maria Portilla   Marathon Women 2:39:09 6:04  9.88 mph 
 Damon Blackford   Marathon Masters Men 2:40:56 6:09  9.77 mph 
 Laura Murphy   Marathon  Masters Women  3:01:14 6:55  8.67 mph 
Complete 2005 Results (All Races)
Year: 2004     Participation


511 men competed in the 2004 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series 511 (71.6%)
    Total finishers: 714


203 women competed in the 2004 Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series 203 (28.4%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Andrey Gordeyev   Marathon Men 2:22:16 5:26  11.05 mph 
 Elena Orleva   Marathon Women 2:40:20 6:07  9.8 mph 
 Larry Taylor   Marathon Masters Men 2:45:13 6:18  9.51 mph 
 Shelagh Sweeney   Marathon  Masters Women  3:11:13 7:18  8.22 mph 
Complete 2004 Results (All Races)
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