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Posted: February 5, 2007

Athletics: Road Runner Akron Marathon Inks Deal With Brooks® To Give Free Running Shoes To All Marathoner Finishers

AKRON, Ohio – The Road Runner Akron Marathon, the first race in the country to offer free running shoes to marathon finishers, recently announced a new deal with Brooks® enabling it to offer free shoes to runners of the full marathon for the second consecutive year.

Through the new partnership, Brooks will become the Official Running Shoe and Apparel sponsor of the Road Runner Akron Marathon, now in its fifth year. Brooks, the number two running shoe manufacturer in the United States, will work with marathon officials to offer full marathon finishers their choice of one of four available models of running shoes (models include: Radius, Axiom, Adrenaline GTS and Addiction). All participants in the full marathon, the new half marathon and the marathon team relays on Saturday, September 29, will also receive a Brooks Podium long sleeve technical shirt with the Road Runner Akron Marathon logo.

“When we made the announcement before the 2006 race that we would give a free pair of running shoes to all marathon finishers, we really got a huge and favorable response from runners,” said executive race director, Jim Barnett. “Now with the partnership with Brooks, a favorite among many runners, I hope the excitement in the running community to participate in our race is even greater.”

The marathon is partnering with Second Sole running apparel and shoe stores in Northeast Ohio as the distribution point for the Brooks shoes and apparel. All full marathon runners will have the opportunity to be sized and fitted for their shoes at the University of Akron Health and Fitness Expo the day before the race, and at participating Second Sole retail stores.

The post race responses of the participants regarding receiving free shoes has affirmed that this is one more reason that Akron has been put on the map as a desired race for marathoners.

“The staff and volunteers of the Road Runner Akron Marathon are pleased to be able to say that we were named Top 50 Best Marathons in the Country just a few years after we started, we’ve been recognized in the industry for our exemplary event organization, we offer a lot of free gifts to our runners and a variety of distances for runners to choose from,” said Barnett. “All of this is paying off as we continue to see the number of runners rising each year.”

In 2006, nearly 6,000 people took to the streets of Akron to participate in the full marathon, 2-person and 5-person team relays and Kids Fun Run, setting a marathon record. Those interested in participating in the 2007 Road Runner Akron Marathon, Half Marathon and Chase Team Relays on Saturday, September 29, can register online at www.akronmarathon.or or by calling the marathon office at (330) 375-2786 (2RUN). Further information on Brooks, the Official Running Shoe and Apparel sponsor of the marathon, can be found at

The Road Runner Akron Marathon is organized by the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a nonprofit group that is dedicated to promoting health and fitness. Additional information on the Road Runner Akron Marathon, Half Marathon and Chase Team Relays is available at www.akronmarathon.or or by calling (330) 375-2786 (2RUN).

Source: Akron Marathon.

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