In recognition of the 10th running of the Akron Marathon, each day of coverage will include a Top 10 list. Today, we list 10 local landmarks along the 26.2-mile course:
1. All-America Bridge (passed at mile 1 and again at mile 11). Constructed in 1981-1982 over the Little Cuyahoga River and Elizabeth Park Valley.
2. North Hill (mile 1.3 and again at mile 11.5). Akronís Italian immigrants once turned this area into an Old World village.
3. Firestone Park (mile 6). Created by rubber executive Harvey Firestone, the neighborhood is marked by a boulevard that curves around a central park.
4. University of Akron (mile 9). Founded in 1870 as Buchtel College, today more than 24,000 students attend.
5. Mustill Store (mile 12). Located at its original site at Lock 15 of the Ohio & Erie Canal, this canal-era building is believed to have been built in the 1850s.
6. Towpath Trail (mile 12.1). The multipurpose trail developed by the National Park Service follows the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.
7. Sand Run Park (mile 16.2). Opened in 1929 as Summit Countyís first metro park. Indians once used areas of the park as their campsite.
8. Stan Hywet (mile 22). The estate was built in 1915 by Goodyear co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his wife, Gertrude; now itís a nationally recognized museum.
9. St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (mile 25). Alma mater of three-time NBA MVP and Akron native LeBron James.
10. Canal Park (finish line). Home of the Akron Aeros minor-league baseball team.