10/05/2018

On Sept. 29, more than 8,000 people finished races during the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon. According to published results, 883 people finished the full marathon, 2,971 finished the half, and about 850 five-person teams finished the relay.

Akronite Israel Merkle, 29, won the men’s race with a time of 2:26:25. The fastest woman was 31-year-old Grace McCarron from Mansfield, who finished in 2:51:11.

In 2017, marathon organizers estimated that the event attracted 3,000 volunteers and 120,000 spectators. Akron Children’s Hospital has been the race series’ title beneficiary since 2016, and runners had raised more than $900,000 for the hospital before the 2018 race.

All photos by Christine Batten

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