Akron Marathon founders Steve and Jeannine Marks named 53rd Polsky Award recipients

Akron Marathon founders Steve and Jeannine Marks were named the 2022 recipients of the Akron Community Foundation’s Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award, the foundation announced Tuesday.

The couple will be recognized at the annual award dinner Oct. 11 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

The couple founded the Akron Marathon in 2003. According to the foundation, to date, the marathon has generated $133 million in economic impact for the Greater Akron community, celebrated more than 170,000 finishers and has raised $6 million for local charities.

The race, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022, attracts 100,000 spectators each year and is the largest five-person marathon relay event in the United States, the foundation said.

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