2019 Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series Set to Kick Off June 29
AKRON, Ohio - June 12, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )
The Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series is excited to welcome runners beginning their summer racing journeys during the National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile on Saturday, June 29, at 8:30 a.m.
For the fourth year, more than a dozen hero patients selected to represent the hospital, as part of its role as the title beneficiary of the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, will be together before the race begins—cheering on the runners and walkers.
The 2019 hero patients include Saige Carpenter, a 5-year-old from Orrville, who has undergone three major heart surgeries to repair a heart defect. This year, Saige will be honored as the featured hero patient during the National Interstate race.
According to Saige’s mom, Jobeth Carpenter, Saige grew up knowing she needed to take breaks to catch her breath, but it has never stopped her from doing the things she enjoys or from becoming “an amazing young girl with a heart of gold.”
The Akron Marathon Race Series serves as a major fundraiser for Akron Children’s Hospital in its efforts to serve the children and families of our community. Thanks to the support of the races like National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile as well as Children’s Champion runners, since 2016, the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation has raised over $1.3 million for the care of the region’s kids.
“Our partnership with the Akron Marathon and Akron Children’s Hospital is special for our employees, as well as the community,” states Tony Prinzo, AVP Human Resources. “We are able to bring people together for the National Interstate 8K & 1 Mile, as well as support the rest of the race series. The hero patients are all inspiring and make each event meaningful.”
Saige will be joined by the following fellow hero patients from Akron Children’s Hospital:
To learn more about the hero patients, go to: https://bit.ly/2XDogun
This year, the Akron Marathon team will host more than 15,000 runners across its 2019 events all supporting Akron Children’s Hospital. Runners looking for a deeper level of engagement with the hospital can join the race as a Children’s Champion, a race participant committed to raising $250 to $1,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital.
The National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile course highlights The University of Akron’s campus with a unique tour of downtown Akron. Although it is designed for speed, the course supports both runners and walkers on their way to the finish on Summa Field inside InfoCision Stadium. Supporters and runners will find an after-party with live music, food and 20 craft beer options.
For more information about the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, please visit AkronMarathon.org.
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