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Posted: February 1, 2013  

Athletics: Akron Marathon Participants Run 4 Million Miles, Generate $6M for Economy

Source: Akron Marathon

Report also found that 91 percent of runners who were motivated to improve their health reported they would run another marathon event in order to stay fit.

AKRON, Ohio -- The 2012 Akron Marathon, presented by Time Warner Cable, added an estimated $6 million to Akron's economy, creating the equivalent of 60 full-time jobs. This is an increase of $800,000 from what was generated as a result of the 2011 race, according to The 2012 Akron Marathon: An Economic Impact Analysis conducted by Kent State University's Department of Economics.

The 2012 marathon attracted 15,000 registered participants, of whom 49 percent were local and 51 percent were non-local. The majority of the economic activity was spent in the main sectors of the economy, including hotels, gas stations, restaurants and bars.

"Year after year, the Akron Marathon continues to have a positive economic impact on the city," said Dr. Shawn M. Rohlin, project leader of the study and assistant professor at Kent State University's Department of Economics. "This event brings thousands of people to Akron to experience the city and spend money. There are few events that can make that claim."

Impact on Health

Akron Marathon participants were motivated to improve their health, according to the Report on the Health Impact of the 10th Akron Marathon, conducted by Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron.

The report found that 75 percent of those who were motivated to improve their health reported improvement in at least one of six possible areas, including weight loss. Participants lost an average of 3.3 pounds each. In addition, individuals who experienced positive weight changes also had a significant decline in their overall levels of stress.

The report also found that 91 percent of runners who were motivated to improve their health reported they would run another marathon event in order to stay fit.

It's estimated that all runners combined logged between 3.6 and 4.6 million miles while training for the Akron Marathon, and between 409 and 516 million calories were burned during training by all Akron Marathon participants. This equals between 27,266 and 34,400 calories per person which breaks down to between 1,948 to 2,457 calories burned per week of training.

"Our mission is to stimulate the local economy and promote health and fitness," said Anne Bitong, executive director of the Akron Marathon. "It's very gratifying to see through these reports that the Akron Marathon has had such a significant impact on both the economy and the overall health and weight loss of our participants."

The Akron Marathon includes four events: the full marathon, the half marathon, the five-person team relay and the kids fun run. Through these events, the Akron Marathon has grown by more than 10,000 participants since its inaugural event in 2003.

The Akron Marathon offers the community a health-focused, fun-filled event that draws thousands of participants and spectators. The 11th annual event will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013. Registration is available at AkronMarathon.org. Registration rates increase Friday, March 1, 2013.


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