FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brian Polen Joins Akron Marathon as Race Director
Akron, OH (July 16, 2013) – The Akron Marathon announces seasoned runner,
race organizer and Akron Marathon participant Brian Polen as its new race
director. In this role, Polen is responsible for managing the planning,
organizing and staging of the Akron Marathon events.
"With his wealth of experience and connections to the running community,
Brian is a great addition to the Akron Marathon staff," said Anne Bitong,
Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation president/executive director.
Polen is the owner of specialty running store Vertical Runner of Wooster,
Ohio, and has served as race director for a number of events through the
store. He has also served on planning committees for many local and
Polen holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from The
University of Akron and has ten years' experience managing projects and
personnel in his role as the manager of quality and application engineering
at ixetic USA, Inc.
Polen succeeds Jim Barnett, who served as race director from the inception
of the Akron Marathon in 2003 through its 10th-year anniversary in 2012.
Barnett retired and joined the Board of Trustees at the end of 2012.
"Brian will help the Akron Marathon continue to advance and evolve as the
world-class event that it is," Barnett said. "He adds enthusiasm and
knowledge of the sport and leadership in the community, which are important
qualities in a race director and qualities that will help enhance our great
race over the years."
The Akron Marathon includes four events: the full marathon, the half
marathon, the five-person team relay and the kids fun run. The 11th annual
Akron Marathon, presented by Time Warner Cable, will be held September 28,
2013. Registration is available at akronmarathon.org.
About the Akron Marathon
The Akron Marathon, presented by Time Warner Cable, is organized by the
Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a nonprofit group that is dedicated
to promoting health and fitness. Additional information on the Akron
Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay is available at akronmarathon.org or
by calling (330) 434-2RUN (2786).