Race Basics

Sunday, April 22, 2012

All Walkers begin at 8:00am

All Runners begin at 8:00am

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Race Details

With a new, USATF-certified route in 2010, the Earth Day Marathon and Half Marathon will again in 2012 start and end at the Kenyon Athletic Center on the campus of Kenyon College. Participants will complete a 4 mile loop through historic Gambier with a portion run on Kenyon's tree-lined Middle Path. Upon completing the Gambier loop, runners and walkers will head to the picturesque Kokosing Gap Bike Trail for the remainder of the race.

The course is mostly flat, with one hill at about ½ mile. Gambier is a great location for spectators, with good viewing throughout the village. It is only a short walk from downtown Gambier to the finish line!

And YES, the course is certified by USATF standards and CAN BE COUNTED AS A QUALIFYING RACE FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON.

The Kokosing Gap Trail is a wonderfully maintained corridor which affords some truly amazing views of the Kokosing State Scenic River and the Knox County countryside.

Course Maps / Parking

Course maps and parking info available here

Course Cut-Offs

The Course will be open until 2pm. The 6-hour course limit will be strictly enforced.

Walkers in the full marathon must be at the halfway point (Duff Street on the return from Mt. Vernon) by 11:00 am in order to continue. Any walker failing to make this cut-off will be re-routed up Duff St. to complete the 1/2 marathon.

Packet Pickup and Registration

Friday, April 20th

  • 11am: Packet pickup available at the Kenyon Athletic Center.
  • 5pm: Packet pickup closes.

Saturday, April 21st

  • 10am: Packet pickup available at the Kenyon Athletic Center.
  • 5pm: Packet pickup closes.

Sunday, April 22nd

  • 7:00am: Packet Pickup Opens
  • 8:00am: Walker's Start, 6th Annual Earth Day Challenge
  • 8:00am: Runner's Start, 6th Annual Earth Day Challenge
  • 12:00pm: Earth Day Health Expo kicks off at the Kenyon Athletic Center's Toan Track
  • 2:00pm: Course closes.


A Technical water bottle will be awarded to the top three overall men and women in each race. And the top finisher in each age group, as well as Clydesdale (men over 200 pounds), and Athena (women over 150 pounds) will receive a running hat.

Age groups:

19 and under
20 to 29
30 to 39
40 to 49
50 to 59
60 and over

All finishers will receive a goody bag full of earth-friendly snacks and promotional items, as well as mug and a tree .... (no medals ... it is the Earth Day Challenge!)



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* Times run in this event can be used for qualifying for Boston Marathon. Visit their website (www.baa.org) for more information.