Housekeeping: If you have been coming to our Saturday group runs, it's really important you check in here tomorrow for details on a new time and location for next week. We will NOT be in Green after all, and we may be starting at a slightly different time next week only. That's because the Akron Marathon staff has a special run/walk planned for us and you are not going to want to miss it if you have a choice!



Today ends our 8th week of training. Can you believe how far we've come? That also means it's just four weeks until our first Akron Marathon Race Series event. If you have not registered yet for the June 24 National Interstate 8k & 1 mile, this is the time to do it. There is limited registration for each event, so don't get shut out. If you are hoping to have family members participate with you, make sure they register soon as well.

Also, I know many of you have been thinking about changing the distance you originally registered for. Again, this is probably a good time to settle on one or the other. If you need to change, follow these steps:

1) Register at akronmarathon.org for the new distance (which means you will technically be registered and have paid for both distances for a brief time.)

2) Write info@akronmarathon.org and tell them you need a refund for the old distance. Let them know if you used a coupon so you can be credited.

The 1 mile is $20 and the 8k is $50 (before coupon.)

If the swag makes a difference to you:
Participants of the 8k will receive:

Short Sleeve Tech Shirt
Medal with Built-in Bottle Opener
Commemorative Pint Glass
Beer Tickets
Post Race Recovery Food

Participants of the 1 mile will receive:

Short Sleeve Tech Shirt
Root Beer Ticket
Post Race Recovery Food

Note: Finishers of the 1 mile do not receive a medal, but DO qualify for the special 2017 Akron Marathon Race Series medal if you also complete any distance in the August and September races.

If it helps to review the maps in making your decision, you can find them here:

The 1 mile course map: http://www.akronmarathon.org/media/6883/1-mile-map-2017_forweb.pdf

The 8k course map:http://www.akronmarathon.org/media/6884/8k-map-2017_forweb.pdf

Hopefully you've got enough information here to make the decision that is right for you. Let's do this!

- Paula