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The Suburbanite
  • Hope that marathon organizers will get their second wind

  • The issue: Canton Marathon



    Our view: If necessary, another group should plan 2013 race

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  • The issue: Canton Marathon
    Our view: If necessary, another group should plan 2013 race
     
    The Canton Marathon has hit the wall.
    For the sake of this great event, we’ll hope that the race organizers’ cash-flow issues are temporary.
    If not, the community that gave the marathon such overwhelming support in its first year out will need to step up and figure out how to ensure that there is a 2013 race.
    Marathon organizers Stephen Mears and Julia Dick confirmed to The Rep last week that some vendors have not been paid. Nor have the cities of Canton and North Canton been paid for providing police and fire services for the inaugural race June 17.
    “We owe a lot of people a lot of money” because an unnamed corporate sponsor did not hold up its end of the bargain, Dick said.
    Because it’s a matter of public record, we know that Canton and North Canton are owed a total of nearly $30,000.
    Beyond that, the private corporation that owns the marathon hasn’t provided specifics about how much the event took in, has paid out and owes.
    The 2013 marathon already has been cut from the Subway Challenge Series, and public officials and vendors will be rightly wary about providing services under the kinds of agreements they made for this year’s race.
    We hope the organizers can make good on their commitments so that they can focus their energies on planning for 2013. Their inspired idea and thorough preparation brought 5,500 runners to Stark County this past June.
    Next year’s Canton Marathon should top the spectacular success of the inaugural race, even if another, larger organization has to get behind it. This is an event that the community must continue to embrace.