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Akron Promise to host 7k in Kenmore and Summit Lake this May to raise scholarship fund

Akron Beacon Journal

Published March 8, 2022


Image credit: Akron Civic Commons/Tim Fitzwater


Akron Promise will host the Kenmore-Summit Lake Rock Me on the Water 7K this spring as part of the 2022 Akron City Race Series.


All proceeds from the race, to be held from 8 to 10 a.m. May 28, will go to the Kenmore-Garfield Stark State Scholarship Fund. The fund is available for up to two years of funding toward tuition and books for graduates of Kenmore-Garfield High School planning to attend Stark State College.

This is the fifth year Akron Promise, a nonprofit that that aims to assist students access educational support, resources and opportunities by facilitating scholarships and enrichment activities, has offered the scholarship for up to ten students.


“For many Akron students, finances are a major barrier to post-secondary education,” Tom Ghinder, Akron Promise's founder, said in a release. “We believe all students deserve the opportunity for a post-secondary certificate or degree, leading to a satisfying career and quality of life."


The route will begin outside Kenmore's Rialto Theatre and circle the entirety of Summit Lake, including past the new Summit Lake Nature Center and through wooded areas of Summit Metro Parks before finishing on Kenmore Boulevard. Participants will receive a medal and enjoy strolling musicians and complimentary coffee, tea and pastries from SRINA Cafe.


Participants can register or make donations at www.raceroster.com/events/2022/58481/rock-me-on-the-water-7k. Participants registering before May 1 will receive a discounted race fee.


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