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@Gpress

Akron, OH Raving since 2017 active 2 years, 6 months ago

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Past Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Canton, OH Apr 30, 2017
Marathon Akron, OH Sep 24, 2016

My Raves

Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF) Marathon

Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF) Marathon

This marathon was for the most part a good one, but needs to step it up if it is going to have the HOF name. '17 was hit with warm … MORE

This marathon was for the most part a good one, but needs to step it up if it is going to have the HOF name. ’17 was hit with warm weather that really magnified other issues. Others complained of water station issues, but I can’t complain. One station in the second half I received really watered down gatorade that made me question what I was drinking, but at the next stop got a bottle of gatorade, the water station after that I got a cold bottle of water, so I feel they tried when caught out with warm weather. Only two fuel/GU stations for a full marathon I thought was rather poor. Medal is awesome, t-shirt nice and soft albeit with cheesy graphics. What really trips up this one is the organizations communication gaffs. On the one hand, great mile by mile commentary before the race on facebook. But yet things like bad(no) direction on where to go after crossing the finish line(nobody took a food or drink ticket off my bib), repeated delays of race photos, repeated delays on updates on website pre race, what table to go to at packet pickup was a guessing game, vague answers from organization when asked specific questions, just left a bad taste. The delay of start due to supposed accident on highway might have helped some, but was a bit ‘small town’ in my eyes. I spent $30 for ‘preferred’ parking only to see empty parking meters on the streets on the way to the start. The hiccups could be due to having to organize a race on a new route and this was my first time so maybe things are easier to organize with the start/finish at the HOF, but I just felt the organization needs better attention to detail.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
2
SCENERY
2
SWAG
4

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Akron Marathon & Half Marathon

Akron Marathon & Half Marathon

I've run this marathon two times and even though I have a tough time with it (endurance and strength just isn't there yet) to me its a world class experience. … MORE

I’ve run this marathon two times and even though I have a tough time with it (endurance and strength just isn’t there yet) to me its a world class experience. The communication is excellent, nothing is left to doubt; plenty of volunteers, at expo, aid stations, at the start and after the finish line; organizers deliver on time promised. Expo is big for a non major city. Throughout the course there are lots of spectators. Students from the university make a lot of noise and homeowners in the neighborhoods setup their own aid stations with various fruit,water, slushies etc. Crossing the finish line is both good and bad finishing in a minor league baseball stadium. On the one hand you’re tired and sore from running a marathon and after getting your medal you’re shoved in a small overcrowded part of left field with runners set up for a picnic watching the loud live band. On the other hand, you finish in a baseball stadium with a crowd in the stands. After you grab your stuff you can go in the stands with family and watch the other runners come in and listen to the announcers on the PA, often times mentioning certain runners as they come in (where from , if part of relay team, how often they’ve run it). Tons of port o potties all over the place and parking is plentiful. As long as I’m able to I’ll patron this marathon every year.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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