Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon and Half Coming to Canton
Run to You Racing announces inaugural event, which will bring visibility to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Posted Thursday, 8 August, 2013
CANTON, Ohio - After months of planning, preparation, and meeting with city officials, Run to You Racing is ready to kick off the first marathon and half-marathon event on Sunday April 27th, 2014.
“It was of paramount importance to us that we had all parties on board prior to our announcement of the race,” stated Executive Race Director Jim Chaney. “Having the Pro Football Hall of Fame and all community agencies involved right from the start, understanding their role in the event, and most importantly having a say in the final blueprint was the only way we could see the event succeeding.”
The race is a full 26.2 mile marathon as well as a 13.1 mile half-marathon. Runners will stay together for 12.7 miles at which point the marathoners will head out on the second half of the course while the half-marathoners head past the Pro Football Hall of Fame and then finish in Fawcett Stadium.
Course time limits have been set at 4 hours for the half-marathon and 6 hours for the marathon. Several local runners assisted in the final design of the race course, with the overall goal of providing the fastest path from start to finish.
In addition, race organizers will be working closely with the community to ensure a complete experience for the runners. Plans include leading neighborhood beautification projects, involving the local schools on race day, and bringing more visibility to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is excited to lend our support to the marathon. We are confident it will be a resounding success and another great asset for our community”, stated Dave Motts, Vice President Marketing /Sponsorship, Pro Football Hall of Fame.
One of the key aspects of the race is that it is being privately funded, ensuring that all vendors and related race service expenses are covered before any runner revenue is taken.
“We presented a risk free proposal to the Hall of Fame, City of Canton, and other community partners. That combined with our race management expertise and approach, we believe can deliver an event that will be nationally recognized and draw runners from around the country”, said Chaney.
Registration opens on July 21st and special “kick-off” pricing will be available until Saturday, August 31, 2013.
Race details and more information can be found at www.hofmarathon.com