Scrabble Marathon

The SCRABBLE Marathon
Can you do 26.2?

Holiday Inn Express
898 Arlington Ridge East, Akron, Ohio 44312

The SCRABBLE Marathon is coming to Akron, Ohio on January 18-20, 2014!

Enjoy the excitement of a marathon without breaking a sweat*. Match wits with other SCRABBLE competitors for 26.2 rounds of tournament SCRABBLE at the NASPA-sanctioned SCRABBLE Marathon. Competitors will play 13 rounds on Saturday, and an additional 13 rounds on Sunday, plus an additional 0.2 (5 minute per side) game, that will not be rated or count for tournament standings, but will allow the competitors to complete the marathon, and earn a super cool finisher's medal, featuring a spinning SCRABBLE tile.

*"without breaking a sweat" is an advertising slogan, and not a guarantee. Players may experience perspiration arising from clumsy racks, insanely lucky opponents, faulty HVAC systems, or other reasons outside the organizer's control. Your results may vary.

Online Registration is Available. Click here.

Main Event – 26.2 GAME MARATHON

Entry fee: $150 (if entry and payment are received by 12/15/13)
$175 (if payment is received between 12/16 – 12/31/13)
$200 (if payment is received between 1/1 – 1/10/14)
Entries accepted after 1/10 only to even divisions, at director’s discretion.

A commuter fee of $25 applies to those not staying at the host hotel for at least 2 nights.

Tournament is limited to the first 60 entrants. Main Event entry fee includes lunch and dinner both days (breakfast provided by hotel for its guests), snacks and beverages all day, tournament t-shirt, goodie bag, and a finisher’s medal for all those who complete the marathon.

Format: 26 rounds of standard, rated play, plus an additional “0.2” round of 5 minutes per side that will not count for ratings or standings, but will be required to complete the 26.2 round marathon and receive the finisher’s medal. Pairings based on number of entrants (likely pairings will be round robin or Swiss in the early rounds, moving to King of the Hill final rounds). 3 Divisions: 1400+;[masked]; under 1100 (based on rating as of 1/17/2013). Unlimited play up allowed. A Collins Division will be offered if at least 4 players register to play Collins (one open division with 5 point per word challenge penalty). Gibson rule in effect for all divisions.

Late Bird

Entry fee: $25 (No deadline on entries. Cash only if paying at the door.)

Format: 5 rounds; RR Groups of 6. Bottom division may be modified at director’s discretion, based on number of entries. Collins division offered with 4-player minimum.


Friday, 1/17 – Marathon Expo – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Check-in, pick up your packet and t-shirt, and receive your goody bag in the hotel lounge (players not checking in at the expo must check-in at the playing room at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, or risk being excluded from initial pairings).

Saturday, 1/18 (Main Event)
6:30 a.m. - Set up 7:00 a.m. – Rounds 1 – 5
Noon – Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. – Rounds 6 – 10
6:00 p.m. – Dinner (provided)
7:00 p.m. – Rounds 11 – 13

Sunday, 1/19 (Main Event)
6:30 a.m. - Set up
7:00 a.m. – Rounds 14 - 18
Noon – Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. – Rounds 19 – 23
6:00 p.m. – Dinner (provided)
7:00 p.m. – Rounds 24 - 27
10:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

Monday, 1/20 (Late Bird)
8:30 a.m. - Set up
9:00 a.m. – Rounds 1 - 5 (NO BREAKS. Snacks provided.)
2:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

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  • Pamela C.

    Kristy came in 4th place in Division B and Ruchi came in 2nd place in Division 3. Mike came in 10th in Division A, Joe came in 16th in Division B and I came in dead last in Division C.
    The room was a great place to play, but the one smoker in the tournament kept insisting on going out on the adjacent patio, the door was next to Div C and we froze up quite nicely.
    Dallas could have used some more help on Saturday, but his wife Sue, and a few folks came in Sunday and helped.
    I personally wouldn't want to do this again, but there were other folks enthused about doing this next year.

    January 21

  • Pamela C.


    January 21

  • Ruchi

    13 games a day weren't tiring but were unnerving. It just got difficult differentiating previous game's play with the current game. 5min game was fun!

    January 20

  • Terry

    Hope you all have fun this weekend. May the force be with you.

    1 · January 18

  • Jason S.

    Good luck to all of you going! Make Columbus proud!

    1 · January 15

  • Pamela C.

    Nuttier than squirrel poo.

    1 · January 11

  • joemiccio

    somebody talk me out of this! This is nuts!

    1 · January 10

    • Ruchi

      Coincidentally a movie called NUT JOB comes out the same weekend.

      1 · January 11

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