Marathon-Half Marathon

Marathon/Half Marathon


Marathon

The marathon and half marathon at the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation will be run in Akron through the streets of the city. 2014 Gay Games expects over 600 runners of all skill levels to take part in this challenging event.

Akron-Summit County sports are hosted by the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

To learn more about the sport's specifics, click on "competition specifics" and "venue" tabs above.

 

Dates

Saturday, 16 August 2014
6 a.m. start for both races

Packet Pick-Up

Wednesday, August 13: Cleveland Convention Center 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Friday, August 15: John S. Knight Center (Akron) Noon - 5 p.m.

Venue        

Start and finish line will be in downtown Akron.

The start will be at the Akron Civic Theatre located at 182 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44308 

The finisher festival will be located at Lock 3 Park at 200 S. Main Street, Akron,  OH 44308

The Akron Marathon course is a USA Track and Field-certified course. To see the printable course map, click here

Transportation

2014 Gay Games will announce transportation arrangements for the participants as soon as they are confirmed.  

Divisions

Women’s Men’s
Half Marathon
Marathon
Half Marathon
Marathon

Each event has men’s and women’s divisions further broken down into age categories. The best three times in each gender’s age group will receive a medal.  A participant’s age group is determined by that person’s age as of the first day of competition, Sunday, 9 August 2014.  

The age groups are as follows:

18-29 30-34 35-39 40-44
45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64
65-69 70-74 75-79 80-84
85-89 90-94 95-99 100+

Participation

Participants in the Marathon and Half Marathon will receive a bib with a B-Tag timing chip. Bib colors and numbers will be differentiated to designate Marathon and Half Marathon participants.

*Note:  Participants registering for the Marathon and Half Marathon are eligible to compete in the 5K and 10K Road Races without paying an additional fee when they complete their event registrations. Select this option when you register. Please refer to the Road Races page for further detail.

Rules

A participant may compete only in the Marathon or Half Marathon and only in one age division.

The Marathon must be completed within six hours and the Half Marathon within 3.5 hours.

Marathon runners must reach split with a time of 3:15 to continue the race.

Pace Team

MarathonPacing.com is our Pace Team sponsor and they will be providing experienced Pacers for both full marathon and half marathon participants. This service is free to all registered participants. Here is the Pace Team Lineup and Bios.

Route

For a map of the Marathon/Half Marathon route, please click here

Akron Marathon - Downtown Akron - Gay Games 9 Marathon/Half Marathon Start Line:

Akron Civic Theatre
182 S. Main Street
Akron, OH 44308

The 2014 Gay Games Marathon and Half Marathon will travel through the streets of downtown Akron. The course is a loop style course and is certified by USA Track & Field. The Marathon and Half Marathon will start at the marquee of the historical Akron Civic Theatre located at 182 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44308. Runners will enjoy a post-race Finisher Festival at Lock 3 Park located 200 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44308 to include food vendors, official Gay Games 9 merchandise sales, entertainment and more!

Transportation

2014 Gay Games is currently working on transportation for this event.

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