Marathon/Half Marathon Competition Specifics


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

Click here for Marathon Instructions.

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.


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


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


Women’s Men’s
Half Marathon
Half 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+


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.


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 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.


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