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National Interstate Extends Marathon Partnership Through 2021
[June 27, 2018]

National Interstate Extends Marathon Partnership Through 2021

National Interstate Insurance Company ("National Interstate") is proud to announce that the company has pledged its continued support of the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series for the next three years.

Entering its fourth year, the Akron Marathon Race Series consists of three races that take runners through the neighborhoods of Akron, building their mileage to run September's marquee event - the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay. The National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile course runs through downtown Akron and The University of Akron campus, before finishing on the 50-yard line of Summa Field inside InfoCision (News - Alert) Stadium. Built for speed, the course accommodates both runners and walkers of all abilities. The 2018 edition of the race will be held Saturday, June 30 at 8:30 a.m. The popular finisher festival will include a craft beer festival and live band throughout the morning.

"Strong partners are the foundation to the success of any race and we believe we have some of the very best. We recognize the energy National Interstate brings to our races through employee involvement as runners, volunteers and spectators," said Anne Bitong, executive director of the Akron Marathon.

Based in nearby Richfield, Ohio, National Interstate is one of the leading insurers for the commercial transportation industry in the country. National Interstate has partnered with the Akron Marathon since 2014, transitioning to a presenting sponsor of the series in 2015.

"We have been so impressed with this event, its popularity and its strong following that it was an obvious choice for us to continue our support with such great patners in the Akron Marathon," said Tony Mercurio, President & CEO of National Interstate. "There is an incredibly strong alignment between Akron Children's Hospital, the Akron Marathon and our company that it has really fueled our employees to get involved in all facets of this series, from running to volunteering to cheering on their colleagues and friends."

Anyone can experience the world-class atmosphere of the Akron Marathon Race Series as a volunteer or running participant. Registration for all events is available at Online registration for the National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile closed on June 26 and space is quickly filling up in all series events.

About National Interstate Insurance Company

An Insurance Experience Built Around You

National Interstate Insurance Company offers insurance products and services, including alternative risk transfer programs, focused on the transportation industry. We strive to meet the unique needs of our customers, which include passenger, moving and storage, and truck transportation companies. National Interstate and its insurance subsidiaries, 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. The series features race dates in June (National Interstate 8k & 1-Mile) and August (Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k), culminating with the 16th running of the FirstEnergy Full Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay & Kids Fun Run in September. Additional information is available at or by calling (330) 434-2RUN (2786).

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