Big changes coming to Youngstown Marathon, including ties to Boston Marathon

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The Youngstown Marathon will take place later in the year to go along with some other big changes that are being made.

First, Courtney Poullas, the director for the marathon’s first two years, has resigned to spend more time with her three children. She’s being replaced by Mark Lipinsky, the manager of Second Sole in Boardman, where the marathon starts and stops.

Second, the race date has been changed from early June to Sunday, Oct. 27 at 8 a.m.

“It’s a much better time to run in the park in October. It’s a lot more beautiful with the leaves changing and cooler temperatures. June, the first two years for the marathon, we were really lucky that it wasn’t overly hot but you’re going to run into a 90-degree day at some point,” Lipinsky said.

The Youngstown Marathon is also joining the Peace Race and Canfield’s Firecracker 4-miler to create a three-race series.

It will also, for the first time, be a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Plus, the Road Runners Club of America has declared it as the Ohio Marathon State Championship of 2019.

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