Race Weekend To Feature Health & Wellness Expo; Legendary Running Back Marcus Allen At Finish Line Of 5K Race
CANTON, OHIO - The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon will be held on Sunday, April 24 and cap a great race weekend in Canton. Now in its third year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon is growing in reputation and known for its fine course, serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, and includes unique course entertainment and special medals and blankets given to all finishers.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, April 22, 2016 with a Health & Wellness Expo at the Hall of Fame followed by the start of the 2016 Gold Jacket 5k race series on Saturday, April 23.
The Expo is open to the public and provides an opportunity to learn about the best in running related services and products and meet many community partners. The Health & Wellness Expo hours are from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday and from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday.
On Saturday at 8 am, runners can participate in the first race of this year’s Gold Jacket 5K series. Runners crossing the finish line will be greeted with a “high five” from Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen. The Gold Jacket 5k series will continue in a number of NFL cities this summer and culminate with the National Championship race in Canton on September 10. All finishers will also receive a finisher medal that is a tennis-ball sized championship ring. In addition, a special Kids Mini-Marathon will be held at 2 pm that day.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon, along with the Half Marathon, and Five-Person Team Relay starts at 7 am on Sunday. The 26.2-mile course is themed in football and traditionally is lined with great community support. All finishers will receive a specially designed finisher medal and a fleece blanket. Runners also receive free admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on race day.
All races start at Don Scott Field located adjacent to the Hall of Fame. For full race weekend information and to register, please visit: HOFMarathon.com.
ABOUT THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Mission is to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.
Hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe travel to Canton annually to experience the exciting museum that chronicles America’s most popular sport. Millions more are reached through the Hall of Fame’s 100-plus special events held annually outside Canton and through the multiple nationally broadcast programs focused on the selection of the newest Class of Enshrinees – Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel – and the Enshrinement Weekend (Aug. 4-7, 2016). Now in its third year of traveling, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a large-scale traveling exhibition that presents a panoramic view of pro football’s story and includes hundreds of artifacts from the Hall’s expansive collection. Gridiron Glory will be showcased at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, Calif., site of Super Bowl 50, from Jan. 18-April 3, 2016 and is scheduled for three-month stays at various museums and cultural institutions through 2019. Enshrinees from the Class of 2016 along with numerous other Hall of Fame members will receive the spectacular Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence by Kay® Jewelers during ceremonies held in NFL stadiums during the 2016 NFL regular season. The Hometown Hall of Famer™ program presented by Ford honors Hall of Fame heroes with a program and permanent plaque to honor the Hall of Famer’s hometown support. Now in its 4th year, the US Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence honors 20 high school students nationally for excellence in community service, academics and athletics. Construction on HOF Village, a $476 million development project, is under way in Canton to transform the Hall of Fame’s campus.
For more information about the Pro Football Hall of Fame, please visit ProFootballHOF.com; @ProFootballHOF on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME MARATHON
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon was established to create and sustain a nationally recognized event that builds upon the brand recognition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio, provides a high touch personalized running experience for its participants and benefits the community at large.