Canton Marathon details

The purpose of the Canton Marathon is to provide resources to help foster and promote the importance of health and wellness for all citizens in Stark County and to educate youth of Stark County concerning the correlation and long-term effects of obesity and juvenile diabetes by providing children’s programming to organizations and civic organizations associated with Stark County youth.

THE COURSE

The marathon, wheelchair marathon, half marathon, 5-person marathon team relays and 10K events will start at Stadium Park and end on the field at Fawcett Stadium. The courses will run through Canton and Greater Stark County, and the marathon course will cross over I-77 on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Bridge. Post-race festivities will take place on the Pro Football Hall of Fame grounds. There is a walking division in the half marathon and 10K races. The 5-PersonTeam Relay leg distances are 6.6 miles to first exchange, 2.9 miles to second exchange, 2.8 miles to third, 7.0 miles to the fourth, and 6.9 miles to the finish line.

The full Canton Marathon course will be a certified USATF course.The half- marathon and 10K courses are also certified.

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MISSION

The purpose of the Canton Marathon is to provide resources to help foster and promote the importance of health and wellness for all citizens in Stark County and to educate youth of Stark County concerning the correlation and long-term effects of obesity and juvenile diabetes by providing children’s programming to organizations and civic organizations associated with Stark County youth.

CHARITY PARTNERS

Canton Marathon has identified a select group of official charity partners for the inaugural event. These charities will receive a percentage of every registration fee that designates them as the participant’s choice. When registering for a Canton Marathon event, participants will be directed to the opportunity to choose your cause. Participants do not have to do anything other than select a charity to benefit from the registration fee (at no additional cost).

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Organizations like churches, clubs, civic groups and more can help by signing up to operate water and aid stations, provide entertainment on the course and build cheering sections. For more information, contact Stephen Mears at smears@strategyoneinc.com.

NONPROFIT

In addition to the Official Charity Partner Program, Canton Marathon, Inc. is an IRS-recognized, tax exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions to Canton Marathon, Inc. are tax deductible. Established nonprofit organizations that provide programming specific to the health and wellness of youth may apply for grants from the official Canton Marathon philanthropy fund. The fund will be administered by the Stark Community Foundation and funds will be awarded beginning in 2013.

REGISTRATION

Online registration closes at 5 p.m. June 12. Participants may register in person at the Fitness & Health Expo on June 15-16 for all events. There will be no race-day registration for any event.All paper mail-in registration forms and payment must be received by June 1 at 5 p.m.