Community spotlight: Verrelle Wyatt

Summit Metro Parks
2 min readAug 19, 2020

Lindsay Smith, Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Verrelle Wyatt may have only stepped into the role of race director this year, but he’s no stranger to blue-line action. Wyatt has participated in 16 Akron Marathon races since 2010 and was the second-place finisher of the 2017 race.

Wyatt graduated from Copley High School and went on to attend Campbell University on a running scholarship, later earning his doctoral degree in physical therapy from Walsh University.

Wyatt, like many Summit County residents, said the Jogging Trail in Sand Run Metro Park (Akron) is his go-to spot for running. “This trail has been a staple in my training since high school, and it’s such a joy to see the activities provided by Summit Metro Parks in and around this area. If you’re running, walking, biking or simply spending time with family and loved ones — the Metro Parks has an activity for you!”

As a lifelong resident of Summit County, Wyatt noted the value of the park district, adding: “Summit Metro Parks provides our community with the opportunity to get outside, breathe the fresh air and simply enjoy a better quality of life. Whether you’re exercising, hosting a family gathering, capturing a portrait of something memorable or simply inhaling all the positive vibes provided by the Metro Parks, our community is brighter because of this incredible asset.”

Please note that the version of this article printed in the July-August issue of Green Islands magazine indicated the 2020 Akron Marathon would travel parts of Summit Metro Parks along the Towpath Trail. The marathon has since decided to hold the race virtually due to COVID-19.

For more great stories like this, check out Green Islands Magazine, a bi-monthly publication from Summit Metro Parks. Summit County residents can sign up to receive the publication at home free of charge.



Summit Metro Parks

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