Stephanie Kunkel, a breast cancer survivor, runs along Nimisilia Rd. in preparation for the Akron Marathon presented by Time Warner Cable on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 in Green, Ohio. (Paul Tople/Akron Beacon Journal)
Angela Heckel with her sons Adam,4 (left), Ryan,3 (right) and Joey, 1 (back left) as they get ready for soccer practice at their home in Seville. Heckel has gone from running for a few minutes on a treadmill to entering to run the half marathon of the upcoming Akron Marathon. (Paul Tople/ Akron Beacon Journal)
Howard Zickefoose, of Girard, (right) runs in last years Akron Marathon. Zickefoose runs to honor a friend and fellow smoker April Stiver who died of cancer. When Stiver was diagnosed, he quit smoking and took up running and runs every year for her.