Canton Marathon | Mark Schuller

More than 6,000 registered participants are expected for the inaugural Canton Marathon on June 17. More than 500 already have signed up to run all 26.2 miles. We asked 26 of those runners to tell us about themselves— and why they chose to run the marathon in Canton. Be prepared to be inspired.

26 runners for 26 miles

More than 6,000 registered participants are expected for the inaugural Canton Marathon on June 17. More than 500 already have signed up to run all 26.2 miles. We asked 26 of those runners to tell us about themselves— and why they chose to run the marathon in Canton. Be prepared to be inspired.

Age: 56

Residence: North Canton

Occupation: Pharmacist /owner Heritage Square Pharmacy.

How long have you been running? Six years. I challenged myself at age 50 to run a marathon.

Have you ever completed a marathon before? 4 others.

What’s the farthest distance you’ve ever run? 26.2, why would you want to run any farther!

Do you have a pre-race and/or post- race routine? Yes.

Do you listen to music while you run? No.

What made you sign up for the Canton Marathon? It’s my hometown marathon.

Are you following a specific running program? Yes.

Where’s your favorite place to run in Stark County? Trails behind Washington Square shopping center or streets and neighborhoods of North Canton and Plain Township.

What is your motivation? Healthy lifestyle and socializing with other runners.

What kind of shoes do you wear? Asics.