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What the Akron Marathon organizers have learned from 12 years of event planning

Some 130,000 spectators will flood the streets of downtown Akron to watch an estimated 15,000 friends, family and strangers run the 26.2 hilly miles of the Akron Marathon, happening this year on September 26. Drawing the eyes of local and national media, the event generates an estimated $6.3 million in economic impact for the city.

Pulling off an event of this size has become a full-time job. Specifically, it requires seven full time employees, three interns, and more than 3,000 volunteers and city workers. It’s also necessitated the establishment of the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a nonprofit dedicated to executing the marathon and its two new events — a year-round effort.

Source: Putting in the time

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