Saturday was a great opportunity for everyone to become familiar with their relay leg, and now I hope you'll share your insights with me. I and a Beacon editor are going to be doing a video series of the course, and your experience would be invaluable to me as I describe each relay segment. But we're starting on Monday so if you could spare 10 minutes today (Sunday), send me an email at and share a few thoughts. Was it easy? Difficult? Did you like the scenery? Did you run through your old neighborhood and reminisce? Did you see things you didn't know existed before? Let me know!

Then next Saturday at 8 a.m., we'll move our final pre-race training session to the very lovely towpath in Clinton. There should be ample parking at 2749 North Street, but if we need overflow parking, the village hall parking lot is just a short jaunt away.


Relay team members will do 4 miles while half marathon members will do a nice, easy 7-miler. (Seriously, right now a 7-miler sounds nice and easy!) Heading north from North Street is one of my regular training grounds. It passes a couple of original canal locks.

The trailhead is also just a couple of blocks from the Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park, which you'll see on the map. If you haven't been there before and you're not in a hurry after your run, I highly recommend swinging by for a visit. This place was created from a grassroots effort, and you may be surprised what a group of average citizens can do when they are fueled by passion. (Then again, given what we have accomplished this summer, maybe you won't be surprised how far passion can take someone!) It's really a very nice park.

By the way, Akron Marathon Executive Director Anne Bitong took some photos of our trial run Saturday using the Akron Marathon app, which puts a fun frame around your photo. It's a fun option to play around with:


One last picture. I received the proof of what our T-shirts will look like. This picture is a little blurry because I had to expand the small photo, but you can at least have a better idea of what it will look like with the white print on the blue fabric. If you can't make it out to the Saturday training session to pick yours up, I'll let you know when you can start picking them up at the Beacon or at my home in Barberton.

-- Paula