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Akron Marathon Announces Blue Line Striders Training Program with SummaCare and Summa Health

10 Jun, 2021


The Akron Marathon Race Series presented by Summa Health is thrilled to announce its Blue Line Striders training series in partnership with SummaCare, giving its running community a sneak peek into the new FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay course.

During the Blue Line Striders training runs, happening once a month leading up to race day, participants will have the opportunity to run different sections of the Akron Marathon course. Additionally, each time runners meet, a doctor from Summa Health will join to discuss a health topic common for runners. All distances and paces are welcome!

Each Blue Line Striders training run has been carefully chosen based on the training plans outlined by the Akron Marathon and is the perfect supplement to assist runners leading up to each race.

Blue Line Striders training runs will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will preview sections of the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon course:

  • 4 miles: Sat., June 12, Relay Leg 1, 199 S. Broadway St, Akron, OH 44308
  • 7 miles: Sat., July 10, Relay Leg 2, 199 S. Broadway St, Akron, OH 44308
  • 7 miles: Sat., Aug. 21, Relay Leg 4, 1466 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH 44313
  • 12 or 20 miles: Sat., Sept. 4, 199 S. Broadway St, Akron, OH 44308
  • Runner’s Choice: Sat., Oct. 9, 499 Memorial Parkway, Akron, OH 44310 

“As the new presenting sponsor of this year's Akron Marathon Race Series, Summa Health is actively making a deeper connection with our blue liners and supporting runners not only on race day, but throughout their training season in a meaningful way,” states Anne Bitong, president and CEO of the Akron Marathon. “This program is their way to show its incredible level of support, and was designed to act as the perfect complement to the Akron Marathon training calendar.”

Topics discussed by Summa Health physicians will include common spring/summer injuriesthe importance of long runsthe importance of cross-training/core work/stretchingpersonal record tipsavoiding the wall, and post-race recovery.  

“We are thrilled to bring the expertise of our physicians to those participating in the Blue Line Striders Training Series,” said Dr. Nilesh Shah, Summa Health Sports Medicine Medical Director. “We know physical activity can sometimes come with injuries. By having these discussions, we hope to foster a safe and fun running environment for all, regardless of pace or experience.”

To register or for more information on the Blue Line Striders events, please visit facebook.com/runAkron.

The following race dates are confirmed:  

  • National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile, June 26, 2021
  • Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k, Aug. 14, 2021
  • FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay, Sept. 25, 2021

For more information, race registration, and volunteer opportunities, please visit AkronMarathon.org.

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