RACE DAY DETAILS
There is an ample amount of parking around the finish area on Ohio University campus. Just be sure to check the Ohio University lot signs when parking. Most parking lots are free and do not require a parking pass on the weekend. There are spaces around the Convocation Center and Peden Stadium. Once you park, it is an easy 5-10 minute walk uptown to the start location.
All course maps and details can be found here. Both courses are USATF certified and well marked.
The Marathon & Half Marathon courses are fast and flat (highest elevation is at the start 750' and it drops to 640' at the finish), the Marathon Course is a Boston Qualifier! Newly re-certified in 2015 with our course adjustments. Both courses are USATF certified.
Water & Aid Stations/Restrooms
Porta-Johns will be available at Howard Park, the location of the Starting Line. Along the course, porta-johns will be placed at several of the aid station locations.
Aid Station Fuel:
Bananas and Oranges (*On second half of course only)
*we do not supply gels on the course.
Both the marathon and half-marathon races start together at the corner of South College Street and East Union Street in uptown Athens by Ohio University College Green. Both races will join the scenic Hockhocking Adena Bikeway just after the first mile.
The finish for the half-marathon is at Pruitt Field on Ohio University's campus. For those of you who have run the Half Marathon/Marathon in past years, you had to enter Pruitt Field and do one(1) full lap plus an additional third of a lap. In 2015, we changed the course and now you enter the same as in past years but once you reach the finish line you are finished! No additional lap. The extra distance has been made up by pushing back the starting line a block and adjusting the turnarounds on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.
Race cut off is 6 hours; at this time a volunteer will ask if you want to be picked up. If not, you can continue on your own but without volunteer support and aid stations.
Spectators are awesome to have at a marathon to cheer for runners! Spectators are welcome along public streets at the start line in Uptown Athens. The finish at Pruitt Field, Ohio University Track will be the best location to watch your favorite runners finish the half or full marathon. More information about spectator locations, rules, and on-route locations can be found on the spectator page.
Dynamic Bib assignment involves being assigned your bib at packet pickup. Computers will be available for volunteers to enter your name and assign your bib. Reminder, if you pick up for a friend or family member, make sure they know you picked up their bib!
Live Runner Tracking
The events will be timed by RS Racing Systems using Enmotive! Features of Enmotive include: Bib assignment at packet pickup, text messaging, mobile and online results with leaderboard, athlete updates throughout the race, & post race video of finishers. We encourage to sign up for text messaging & Facebook postings (both FREE) when you register.
Information about the breakdown of age groups, prize money, and how awards can be picked up can be found by visiting the Awards Page.
There will be photographers at the start, finish, and along the course, so be ready to smile and look good for the camera! Each finisher will also have a photo taken of them as they cross the finish line! Check the Athens Marathon Facebook Page for photos to be posted once the races are finished. For official finish line photos, click your name in the results.
Massages will be available for all full and half marathon finishers after the marathon.
Future Athens Ohio Marathon Dates