After 13 years under the banner of Time Warner Cable, The Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, and Team Relay officially welcomed FirstEnergy Corp. as its new presenting sponsor.
Chuck Jones, president and chief executive officer at FirstEnergy, made the announcement during a press conference held Tuesday. The new sponsor will be part of the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series umbrella.
Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital, reminded attendees of the September announcement of the teaming up of Akron Marathon and Children’s Hospital to become the Akron Children’s Hospital/Akron Marathon Race Series in 2016.
“This is a fitting example of what we are all about here in Akron in terms of collaboration with regards to the nonprofit community, the business community and the overall community,” said Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco, who also spoke at the press event. “An event like this has brought us together.”
The Akron Marathon was co-founded by Jeannine and Steve Marks, who were also in attendance. Steve Marks thanked Children’s Hospital, the City of Akron, and FirstEnergy for their help and contributions. “It’s extremely gratifying to know and understand how the community has embraced the Akron marathon,” he said.
Also t the event, 30 children, dressed in racing yellow T-shirts ran around Cascade Plaza to the sounds of the Barberton Marching band to help celebrate the new partnership.