The 34th annual Glass City Marathon, which will be held April 25, will feature a new race course, new venue, and a new experience at The University of Toledo campus.
Marathon organizers are expecting more than 3,000 runners with the venue change, a 100 percent increase in participation over 2009 and a 200 percent increase over 2008.
According to a press release, the marathon “will wind through quaint and eclectic neighborhoods, beautiful Metroparks trails and the picturesque University of Toledo campus, all designed to showcase the area’s most popular points of interest.
“Several water stops, along with medical services will be offered along the race course. The 2010 Glass City Marathon will offer a race experience designed for the entire family offering multiple races to fit every level of participant.”
The event will include a marathon, half marathon, five-person marathon relay, 5K and two kids’ races.
The Glass City Marathon has established a partnership with the Great Lakes Center for Autism, and a portion of proceeds will benefit the non-profit charity to “Give Autism the Boot One Mile at a Time.”
The center works within the community to promote awareness about autism and well as collaborates with community partners to provide programming, services and support for those affected by autism.
In the past four years, through the “Give Autism the Boot” campaign, the GLCA has distributed $300,000 to 16 local organizations that serve families affected by autism.
In an effort to promote health and wellness for the entire family, a Wellness and Fitness Exposition will be held in conjunction with the marathon April 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Savage Arena.
Packet pick-up for the Glass City Marathon will be available at the Expo, where visitors can also browse through the wellness and fitness exhibitors, receive a free pre-race massage and pick up last-minute running supplies.
Beverages, snacks and the traditional awards ceremony will be held following the race in UT’s Lot 10 located behind the Glass Bowl. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top five male and female finishers overall and in 14 age categories.
Normal and late registration for the first 6,000 entrants is available until April 24. No registrations will be accepted on race day. For more information and to register on line visit www.glasscitymarathon.org. Those who register by March 31 are guaranteed to receive shirt.
The Glass City Marathon, presented by The University of Toledo, WTOL-Channel 11 and The Blade, is sponsored by Metroparks of the Toledo Area, Dave’s Performance Footgear, Asics and Team in Training and is produced by the Toledo Roadrunners Club.
The Toledo Roadrunners Club is a private 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that organizes several local running events and supports camaraderie through friends who share a lifestyle of fitness enthusiasm. For more information, visit www.toledoroadrunners.org.
A venue change is expected to bring more than 3,000 runners to this year’s Glass City Marathon, which will be held April. Matt Folk, a Clay High School graduate and Oregon native, was overall male winner last year.