More than Miles
October 3, 2019
On Saturday, Sept. 29, a 26.2-mile blue line united a community of more than 10,000 runners, thousands of spectators, hundreds of volunteers and 14 hospital heroes. Our employees supported the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon from start to finish. Literally. At the starting line, located at the historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, President and CEO Chuck Jones welcomed runners, including more than 100 employees who trained for months in preparation for this world-class event. Riding along the blue line were bike escorts Amy Hopkins and Tricia Ingraham, who kept pace with the full and half-marathon lead runners.
At mile .8, the FirstEnergy Hero Zone was filled with nearly 100 employees and family members cheering for runners and supporting our Akron Children’s Hospital Hero, Brayden McDonald, daughter of Melanie McDonald. At mile 5, Matt Kasinecz led our Young Professionals in staffing a fluid station to help keep runners hydrated. And to keep runners motivated, Dan Dutton, Brian Kern and Eric Shaw made sure Ohio Edison bucket trucks were parked along the route with banners encouraging runners to power on!
Members of our Employee Business Resource Group THRIVE staffed the first-ever sensory inclusive finish line to create a safe space for spectators with autism and other sensory disorders. At the finish line, Ohio Edison Regional President Ed Shuttleworth held the finish line tape and presented awards to winning runners.
Many thanks to employees, family members and friends who exemplified that this event is about more than miles.