I learned of another treat for this coming Saturday's group run/walk on the actual 8k and 1 mile course in Akron. Akron Marathon co-founder Jeannine Marks will be joining us. How awesome is that!

Executive Director Anne Bitong has asked we move our start time to 8 a.m. so we have plenty of time for an address by Jeannine, an update on the course by the marathon's race director Brian Polen, and our warm up - all in time so we can promptly step off at 8:30 a.m. to mimic race day.

The marathon staff is even planning on having a water stop on the course for us.

Meanwhile, we've been cleared to park in Lot 9 on Exchange Street by InfoCision Stadium, just below Gate 4. See the map at the bottom of this post. Looks to me like that's roughly across the street from Taco Bell, which is at 414 E Exchange St. and just a couple of blocks from State Route 8.

I hope you've put in a good week of training and are ready to make the most of this very special opportunity. Write me at akronrun@thebeaconjournal.com if you have any questions, and we'll see you on Saturday!

- Paula