AKRON, Ohio (August 26, 2009) – Despite a dismal economy and reluctance to spend, race officials at the Road Runner Akron Marathon are showing a spike in registration of nearly 87 percent – resulting in the need for a registration cap.
“This is an incredible situation to be in,” said Anne Bitong, executive director of the Road Runner Akron Marathon. “Our team was forecasting conservative registration this year due to the economy, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the increase in current registration numbers. Because of this, we had to place a cap on registration.”
“We want to provide every runner a world-class experience and capping our events allows us to plan for the appropriate number of T-shirts, medallions and goodie bags,” Bitong stated. “The sport of running has risen to become extremely popular among all age groups. With the revised Half Marathon course passing through the Towpath and other race enhancements, runners are really excited about this year’s Road Runner Akron Marathon.”
The Road Runner Akron Marathon is known as one of the most well planned races in the industry. Race officials use creative, appealing ways to provide runners with memorable experiences, like themed water stations and entertainment at every mile.
“The amount of planning and effort that goes into making a world-class sporting event like this happen is enormous,” Bitong added. “But, we love the challenge and the opportunity to provide runners with a fun, exciting race that they can be proud of. That’s why we call the Road Runner Akron Marathon the ‘People’s Race’.”
Race organizers are encouraging runners to register as soon as possible for all events, particularly the Half Marathon and Novo Nordisk 5-Person Team Relay events, as they are filling fast.
About Road Runner Akron Marathon
The Road Runner AkronMarathon is organized by the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a nonprofit group that is dedicated to promoting health and fitness. Additional information on the Road Runner AkronMarathon, Half Marathon and Team Relays is available at www.akronmarathon.org or by calling (330) 375-2786 (2RUN).