AKRON, Ohio - Saturday's cooler morning temperatures provided picture-perfect conditions for the 11th annual Akron Marathon.
Over 15,000 participants set their alarms early to take part in marathon, half marathon, team relay and kids fun run events.
Runners started their endurance test on South Broadway near University Avenue and crossed the finish line inside Canal Park.
Runners from all 50 states and 11 countries took part in this year's races.
Entries for the marathon and half marathon sold out in August. Race officials anticipated sell-outs again next year.
"We just continue to grow," said Akron Marathon founder Steve Marks. "It's like a business. We're just trying to treat this like a business and make happy customers."
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, an enhanced security plan was put into place for this year's Akron Marathon.
Backpacks were highly discouraged and all bags were subject to search in all race areas along the course.
"We have a great security and safety force in Akron. They prepped us for months leading up to this day and everything is working as we planned," said Marks.
Jessica Odorcic of Madison made her first trip to the Akron race, taking part in the half marathon. She planned to use her Akron results as an Olympic trials qualifier for the marathon in 2016.
Her results definitely helped her Olympic chances. Jessica won the women's half marathon, setting a course record in the women's division.
"It was a wonderful course," said Jessica. "The crowd support was awesome. There was just people all along the course cheering for you, which really helps to just carry you through the race."
Getachew Asfaw from Ethiopia (Silver Springs, MD) also set a record for the men's marathon with a time of 2:15:59.
Ludmila Stepanova of Hebron, KY was the women's marathon winner with a time of 2:39:18.