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Richfield, Ohio – June 14, 2017 – The National Interstate-sponsored 8k & 1 Mile race on Saturday, June 24, 2017 gets the 2017 Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series off and running. The course, supporting both runners and walkers, offers a unique tour of downtown Akron, finishing inside InfoCision Stadium. First-rate runner premiums, after-party with live music, food and 20 craft beer options await runners and supporters at the finish line.

The Akron Marathon Race Series is a major fundraiser for Akron Children’s Hospital in its efforts to serve the children and families of Summit County, Ohio, where National Interstate maintains its corporate headquarters. This sponsorship recognizes the Company’s commitment to health and fitness and employee engagement. Many National Interstate employees, friends and family members participate in the races, volunteer during the event and enjoy the entertainment activities.

The “Hero Zones” return this year, recognizing children who have faced and overcome a difficult illness. This year, the 8K & 1 Mile race will honor Akron-native, 18-year-old Keegan Lind, stepson of a National Interstate employee, as its featured hero. To donate and learn more about all the Heroes visit:

The 2017 race dates for the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series are:

  • June 24 (National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile)

  • August 12 (Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k)

  • September 23 (FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay

Registration for all the Akron Marathon Race Series events is available at


About National Interstate

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National Interstate Insurance Company is a specialty property and casualty insurance company with a niche orientation and focus on the transportation industry. We differentiate ourselves by offering insurance products and services designed to meet the unique needs of our customers. Products include insurance for passenger, moving and storage, and truck transportation companies with an emphasis on alternative risk transfer, or captive, insurance programs. National Interstate and its insurance subsidiaries, which include Vanliner Insurance Company and Triumphe Casualty Company are rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Founded in 1989, we are headquartered in Richfield, Ohio with operations in Kapolei, Hawaii and Fenton, Missouri.

National Interstate is a member of Great American Insurance Group. The members of Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG). AFG’s common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG.


About the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series
The Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series is organized by the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a non-profit group founded in 2002 to provide a world-class marathon and other events that promote health and fitness, stimulate the local economy, galvanize the community and benefit charitable organizations. 2017 marks the 15th running of September’s marquee event (FirstEnergy Full Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay & Kids Fun Run), which has grown by more than 300 percent since its inception in 2003. The series features race dates in June (National Interstate 8k & 1-Mile) and August (Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k), providing greater opportunity for participation on all levels in the sport of running. Additional information is available at or by calling (330) 434-2RUN (2786)


About Akron Children’s Hospital
Akron Children’s Hospital is ranked among the best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, but it’s our compassionate approach that makes us truly exceptional. To ensure families have convenient access to care, we have two hospital campuses in northeast Ohio and 60+ primary, specialty and urgent care locations. We collaborate with many community partners to bring our neonatal and pediatric expertise to patients in their healthcare facilities, and our home care and school health nurses treat kids in their homes and schools. With more than 1 million patient visits in 2016, we’ve been leading the way to healthier futures for children through quality patient care, education, advocacy, community service and medical discovery since 1890. Learn more at

Amanda Genther, Media Relations
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