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Olympic Analyst Craig Masback to Receive Akron Marathon Ambassador Award

Akron, Ohio (August 10, 2012) – Olympic running analyst Craig Masback has been chosen as the Akron Marathon 2012 Ambassador Award recipient.

Each year, the Akron Marathon, presented by Time Warner Cable, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated superior service and dedication to the running industry or who has earned respect within his/her community for exceptional accomplishments.

For the Akron Marathon’s 10th annual event, organizers have chosen Masback in recognition of his sustained contributions to the sport of running, including his representation of Team USA 10 times in international competition, his 1980 U.S. indoor mile championship and his former American record for 2,000 meters.  Of the 30 sub-four-minute miles Masback has run, his fastest time was 3:52.02.

Masback’s contributions to the sport are not limited to his performances on the track.  Masback is also the former CEO of USA Track & Field (USATF), has provided television commentary on various track and field events for NBC, CBS, ESPN and ABC for more than 30 years, and is the founder of Inclyne Sports.  He currently serves as the Senior Director of Sports Marketing for Nike’s Global Sports Marketing Division.

The Ambassador Awards ceremony will take place at Fairlawn Country Club Thursday, September 27.  Masback will be available to meet attendees at the Health & Fitness Expo at the John S. Knight Center Friday, September 28.

Masback can be heard on NBC providing television commentary on various track events from the London Olympics, including the Men’s Olympic Marathon which will be broadcast live on NBC on Sunday, August 12 at 6 a.m. EDT.

The Akron Marathon will take place Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 7 a.m.  Participants in the Marathon, Half Marathon, presented by Acme Fresh Markets, and the Team Relay, presented by Novo Nordisk are encouraged to register early as race caps are expected to be met.  Registration is available at

.  Participants who register by August 13 will receive a personalized bib.

About the Ambassador Award Program
The Akron Marathon began the Ambassador Award program in 2008 and has honored Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon; Bill Rodgers, one of the most celebrated distance runners in history; Amby Burfoot, lifelong runner and executive editor of Runner’s World magazine; and Hal Higdon, author of the best-selling training book Marathon:  The Ultimate Training Guide.

About the Akron Marathon
The Akron Marathon, presented by Time Warner Cable, is organized by the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a nonprofit group that is dedicated to promoting health and fitness.  Additional information on the Akron Marathon, half marathon and team relay is available at or by calling (330) 434-2RUN (2786).

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