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January 2, 2018- There are so many running events in Stark County in 2018. From a full marathon to family friendly runs your list of races to register for this season is sure to grow a little longer!

The Hungry Turtle Crawl: 2.57 Mile Walk/Run & Kid's Run | April 21 | StarkFresh 

The course is very flat and takes you through historic North East Canton neighborhoods and Nimisilla park.  The race starts and ends at the StarkFresh Food production & Job skills Training farm space.  Following the race, there will be an open house at the farm site.  Healthy refreshments will be available for all participants.

Draft Day 5K | April 28 | Canton

Begin the Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon weekend with a special 5K on Saturday. Get ready for some football as you complete the last of The BIG Game 5K's before the Marathon. 

Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon | April 29 | Pro Football Hall of Fame 

Be a part of the greatest race around! The Marathon is a full 26.2 mile event that will take you on a scenic journey of Canton, OH. Runners will finish at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and will travel along a pure out and back course. Get signed up before it is too late for the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, or Team Relay to experience this legendary race around Canton!

Girls on the Run 5K | May 19 | Walsh University

Our Spring *women only* 5k event is where goals are achieved and everyone (young and adult) can experience their limitless potential! Join us on May 19, 2018, and experience the j o y of Girls on the Run firsthand. 

Pvt. Heath Warner Memorial 5K / Boots on the Ground | May 26 | Historic Canal Fulton

New for 2018, a Memorial Day weekend event that truly celebrates our nation's heroes. Take your pick between a 5K or a 5-Mile! Enjoy Historic Downtown Canal Fulton, areas of the Towpath and Canal while supporting Veterans Organizations. Enjoy a little party with food, music, and military displays after you cross the finish line!

Jackson Township Night Glow 5K | June 29 | Jackson Community Park 

The 18th Annual Night Glow 5K has become one of runners "must do" races of each racing season.   This event is part of the Jackson Community 4th of July Celebration.   Please join us at Jackson HS on June 29th, for the Firework start!

North Canton YMCA July 4th Race | July 4 | North Canton YMCA 

Celebrate Independence Day with an energizing 5-mile run or the 2-mile run/walk. Have kids under the age of 6? Make sure you sign them up for the Kids Firecracker Dash with a 100 yard dash! 

Jingle in July & Elf Fun Run | July 7 | Jackson Township North Park 

Get your holiday outfit ready for a fun Christmas in July themed 5K run/walk and kids Elf Fun Run! The event is accessible to runners and walkers of any ability. All registrants will recieve Christmas-themed flip flop medal, festive tri-blended race shirt, fun finisher food, and an awesome atmosphere. 

Warrior Dash | July 21 | Clay’s Park Resort

Rugged terrain, muddy trails, obstacles on land and water! You know what the Warrior Dash is all about! Follow it up with a turkey leg, a beer, and a shower!

Up, Up & Away 5K | July 28 | Kent State University at Stark

The Up, Up & Away 5k is a new event brought to you by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. There will be hot air balloon shaped finisher medals for all participants, plus Spirit Airline travel voucher for the top three male and female runners! We will also have inflatables for the kids and so much more!

Insane Inflatable 5K | August 25 | Clay’s Park Resort

3.1 miles, 11 insane inflatables, 1 crazy fun day! From start to finish the Insane Inflatable 5K is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. When they say INSANE, they mean it. It’s your chance to be a kid again!

Alliance Rotary Castle Run | September 3 | Glamorgan Castle 

The 12th annual Castle Run features both a flat fast 2 mile course and a fabulous 10k course with some good hills. Both courses are certified and both distances have separate walking and running categories.

Maize Valley Wine Run & Zero K Beer Run | September 22 | Maize Valley Winery & Brewery

Join us for the 2nd annual “Hopnesia IPA 5K” at Maize Valley. Maize Valley = Winery, Craft Brewery, Farm Market and Fall Harvest Family Fun. The race is a cross country 5k that travels on paths from fields to vineyards to corn maze and MORE. All participants in the 5K will receive a 1/4 zip embroidered tech shirt, a complimentary Hopnesia IPA BEER (or cup of apple cider if under 21), commemorative bib, Subway coupon valid for a Free 6" Sub, Finisher's Medal, Free race photos, and on line Chronotrack results.

Run Now Wine Later | October 6 | Gervasi Vineyard

Experience the beauty of an autumn morning as you run through Gervasi Vineyard, passing the grapes ripe for harvest, orchards and more during this 4.5-mile trail run/walk. Traverse the Middlebranch Trail through wetlands and forest, loop around the Glenoak Campus and finish at the beautiful Gervasi Vineyard, where you can enjoy food and beverages.

35th Annual Run-A-MUC 5K Race & Kids Race | October 6 | University of Mount Union

The 5K Run-A-MUS race will begin and end on the Mount Union Campus in Alliance. The course is mostly flat and fast, routed through residential areas surrounding the University. The kids race is FREE for kids 10 and under and consists of one lap around the track. 

CAK5K on the Runway | October 13 | Akron-Canton Airport

Enjoy a one of a kind experience as you run / walk a 5K race at the Akron-Canton Airport. Amazing finisher medals and race swag! Benefits the MAPS Air Museum.

Halloween Family Fun Run/Walk | October 27 | The Boulevards

Canton’s inaugural Halloween Family Fun Run/walk is a family-friendly race where you are encouraged to bring the family, dress in your Halloween costumes and have some fun. Race awards, Best costume awards, and refreshments. T-shirts to all registrants.

Charge 5K | November 10 | Canton Memorial Civic Center

The ONLY race in Stark County to start and finish INDOORS! The atmosphere will be electric as you gather between the Civic Center and the Cultural Center, music pumping and echoing off the walls, the Charge Girls cheering ... as you anticipate that magical Arena Finish just 3.1 miles away.

Frosty Frolic | December 8 | McKinley Monument

The Canton Parks light up every holiday season with an impressive display of decorations, hand crafted by the folks at Canton Parks. The Frosty Frolic will start and end on the grounds of the McKinley National Memorial. The route takes you through Stadium Park with beautiful views of the lights.

Allison Rowe


Allison Rowe is the Marketing Coordinator for Visit Canton.  She enjoys shopping, spending time with friends & family, going to concerts, and watching football!  Allison can be found trying new restaurants, exploring museums, and hanging out at Canton First Fridays.

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