Spirit Award Nominations Are Open

Nominations for the 2017 Spirit Awards for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon are now open for submission.

“The Spirit Award is a way for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon to recognize individuals who inspire and embody perseverance and strength. They are a testament to our sport and this event and it’s always an incredible privilege to celebrate them and their accomplishments.” – Darris Blackford, Race Director.

If you know someone overcoming considerable obstacles to compete in this year’s race, send us their information for a chance to be selected. Please email sarah@irvinpr.com by Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Information to be included in the email is the following:

-The nominator’s name, phone number and email address

-The nominee’s name, phone number and email address

-A 200-word-or-less description of why that person deserves to be recognized

The deadline for submissions is only a month away, so make sure to act fast!

Feel free to check out the 2016 Spirit Award Winners here.

The Marathon Blues

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July is an interesting month when it comes to marathon training. You are over the hump of slightly shorter distances, but not quite tackling 16+ training miles yet and definitely haven’t hit the wonderful 20 miler training runs (save those for later!).

But, training definitely just got real. You’ve probably registered for your race and the miles are more challenging, and the heat of summer is in full force. It is eye opening and exciting all at once. If you are running with a group, you know that everyone feels the same way, even if they don’t say it. Whether it is your first or 50th full or half marathon, you collectively know that the journey you are on is exhilarating and scary all at the same time.

Recently I have been struggling with my running and finding joy with it. I know it’s there in me somewhere, but I am also fully aware of what I am doing and the challenge it presents, leading me to question myself and my goals. I find myself asking, why? I ask this more often than I would like to. I’ve had to back off from my running group a bit because I know this is an internal struggle that no one else can make better but me.

We all feel it…sometime. The challenge is to keep moving forward. I am trying to look at this as all a part of my training, physical challenges from the running and mental from staying motivated and dedicated. This too shall pass.

What’s been helping is running some 5k’s for fun. Recently I ran the Charity Day 5k here in Columbus Ohio. It is a really great concept for a 5k. With so many local races these days, non-profits can find it to be challenging to host their own race and the cost of which can become a burden rather than a fundraiser. This event lets organizations partner together to bring the costs down, and each non-profit is responsible for recruiting runners and walkers to be a part of their ‘team.’ There were quite a few incredible organizations to run with, but there is one that is particularly near and dear to me- the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue. They operate an adoption center for rabbits here in Columbus Ohio (http://www.ohiohouserabbitrescue.org/). Next to cats and dogs, these are pets that are frequently abandoned. Check out their website for more information! My goal for this 5k was to have a good time and run at a faster pace than I had that morning for my 9-miler— and I did it! Finish pace was a 12:30

 

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How has your training been going? Have you ever hit a running snaffoo? How do you keep yourself motivated? I’d love to hear from you- follow me at one of the social media platforms below!

 

Left, right, repeat! Happy training! Until next time!

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Join OUR Team At The Charity Day 5K!

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Looking for a fun running and walking event where you can do some good (besides our Race, of course)?  Then join the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Team at the 2017 Charity Day 5K on Sunday, July 2!
 
What is Charity Day 5K? This event allows non-profit organizations to be part of and benefit from all the fun and excitement of a full-scale running and walking event without putting on their own race. Everyone gets a t-shirt, finisher medal, race amenities and competes together, but the charities also get to share in the proceeds!
 
The Charity Day 5K is Sunday, July 2, at 5 p.m., at North Bank Park in Downtown Columbus, the same place where we Start and Finish our Race in October! The Charity Day 5K will serve as the kick-off for Columbus’ Red, White & Boom activities.
 
Everyone who signs up for our Team will have the chance to win special prizes, and we will give out awards for our top 10 male and female finishers! We will have a special area at the Start/Finish where you can hang out, get questions answered about Marathon & ½ Marathon training, meet some of the patients from Nationwide Children’s Hospital that we will honor this year, and even register for our October 15 Race.
 
Complete details about the Charity Day 5K can be found at http://www.charityday5k.com  Click the Register button, and sign up for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Team!

Unlimited distance race for charity to be held this Saturday, June 17 at UA High School Stadium

Do you want to know far you can go in 30 minutes? Run or walk Eagle Candidate Caleb Browning’s charity race this Saturday, June 17, at the Upper Arlington High School Stadium Track to discover what that distance is for you and help Caleb advance to an Eagle Scout.

 

Every Eagle candidate must successfully formulate, research, document, fundraise and execute an extensive project providing services to a non-profit agency to advance to Eagle Scout status. Caleb presented his desire to put together a fundraising run/walk to us last year, stuck with it, and will host this run on Saturday. We would love to help him achieve his goal!

Not only will participating help Caleb, but also our community. You can register here or call/text Caleb at 614- 406-1882. To participate, every adult must donate 10 non-perishable food items, which will be given to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Kids under the age of 12 can enter for free, but more donations are always welcome.

 

The first 75 participants will be given a T-Shirt and there will be prizes given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finalists. Food will also be provided at the event for all the competitors.

 

The race starts at 8:30 am (gates open at 7:30 am) this Saturday, at the Upper Arlington High School Stadium Track (1650 Ridgeview Road, Upper Arlington, OH 43221).

Supporters for this event are TriVillage Trophy, Knights of Columbus St. Agatha, Huffman’s Market and Kroger’s. We look forward to seeing you at the start line!

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Columbus Marathon Ambassadors Selected

Today is Global Running Day and what better way to celebrate than by making an international announcement!

(Drumroll, please….)

We have selected 14 incredible Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon ambassadors for our annual Sister City Athlete Exchange. This year, those chosen to race and represent our city will be traveling to our sister cities in Dresden, Germany; Curitiba, Brazil; and Hefei, China.

The exchange program started six years ago with athletes traveling from Columbus to Dresden and Dresden athletes traveling here. This exchange program grew and became such a success that we added two sister cities to the mix in 2015 — Hefei, China and Curitiba, Brazil.

The 2017 Dresden Marathon and Half Marathon will be held one week after our race, on October 22. The Hefei International Marathon will take place on November 12, and the Maratona Curitiba will take place on November 19.

Below are the ambassadors chosen for these events:

DRESDEN:

Daralyn BaldogoDaralyn Baldogo, 26

Daralyn, a marketing manager with AAA, is a Columbus native and the social media queen among her friends. This is the third year she has applied for the Dresden exchange. She ran track and cross country through middle and high school and completed her first half marathon in 2011 while attending college at OSU. A member of Columbus Eastside Running Club, Daralyn has completed seven half marathons and one full. She loves to travel and has visited twelve countries on three continents, including a stay in Brazil for a study abroad program in college. Daralyn is looking forward to making new friends in Columbus’ sister city.

 

Ann Fowble

Ann Fowble, 69

Ann is a retired special education teacher and administrator. She now works and volunteers to help seniors manage their monthly bill paying and make decisions about their Medicare choices. After running her first 5K at the age of 40, Ann ran 3 miles a day for ten years before deciding to take it further. She completed several half marathons in her 50s, and has completed 16 marathons in her 60s, including three Boston Marathons. Ann loves to play and listen to music, as well as bake bread, and she is looking forward to trying German bread in Dresden and possibly attending a concert at Frauenkirche.

Rebecca FoxRebecca Fox, 29

Rebecca is an art history student at The Ohio State University, and recently took up German. Her father-in-law, an ultra-runner, signed her up for her first half marathon in 2013, and she has since completed four races. Working full time with full-time academic responsibilities has made it challenging for her to remain physically active, but running has made her stronger and helped her find balance. Rebecca is excited to explore Dresden’s rich art and culture, as well as using her German language skills.

 

Devon WhittakerDevon Whittaker, 57

Devon is a program manager with JPMorgan Chase. She first applied for this exchange program two years ago, at which point she had been running for a few years and volunteered for the Columbus Marathon, but never completed the race. When she learned that she did not make the team, she volunteered to host one of the Dresden runners and completed her first half marathon in Columbus that year. She hosted another runner from Dresden (Leo and Devon are pictured) and completed her second Columbus Half in 2016. She was also a Children’s Champion both years. Devon has lived abroad – in Belgium – and traveled internationally a lot, and she and her husband have hosted several exchange students from Germany and Poland. They travel and host with open hearts – learning about new places and reaching out to people to make new friends. We could not imagine a better ambassador for this program.


Stephen WilsonStephen Wilson, 30

Stephen, a legislative relations professional with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, is politically interested and actively involved in the Columbus community. Stephen started consistently running six years ago and completed his first marathon at the Columbus Marathon in 2013. He has never been to Europe and is excited that his first trip will be to Dresden, where he is interested in learning about Dresden as a state capital. Stephen lives in German Village and loves German food and craft beer, and he is looking forward to tasting the local cuisine in Dresden.

 

For more information about our exchange with the Dresden Marathon and Half Marathon, visit http://www.dresdensistercity.org. Want to host an athlete from Dresden? Send a note to dresdensistercity@gmail.com.

 

CURITIBA:

CapCity Sports Media www.capcitysportsmedia.comDiane Alecusan, 33

Diane attended The Ohio State University and has lived in Columbus for 15 years.  She began running in 7th grade and competed in the Columbus 1/2 Marathon in 2010. Diane works for the Ohio Housing Financing Agency and is an urban planner.  Curitiba is a perfect destination for her as she is interested in discovering how Curitiba’s development as a model eco-city can translate to Columbus.  Diane already considers herself an informal ambassador and is excited to add Curitiba to the list of international places she’s visited.

 

 

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Chelsea Alexander, 25

Chelsea is a young, energetic nurse who moved to Columbus after college. When she’s not taking care of patients at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, she finds time to volunteer at a free medical clinic, train for Peletonia, play sand volleyball and volunteer for Birthright.  Chelsea began running 7 years ago.  She is very enthusiastic, loves Columbus and has a true passion for Brazilian culture.

 

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Kristen J. Hosni, 41

Kristen has resided in Columbus since 2008.  She ran her first 5k when she was 7 years old and has been running ever since.  Kristen has wanted to travel internationally since college but set dreams aside to raise her children.  Besides being a mother, she is Director of Marketing at Resource International Inc.  Kristen is extremely passionate, active in the Columbus community and knowledgeable about the city. Four out of five of Kristen’s brothers and sisters have been to South America and she is very excited to travel to Curitiba to join the ranks.

 

 

Maggie Gons

 

Maggie Gons, 37

Maggie came to Columbus in 1998 as an undergrad at The Ohio State University.  After living in Kansas City, she and her husband relocated to Columbus where she works as Director of PLAY Project & Specialized Interventions at The Childhood League Center.  Maggie resumed running in 2014 and is ready to take on the challenging new terrain of another country.  She is passionate about Columbus and interested in the reciprocal nature of international exchange.  Maggie is excited to experience Brazil’s diverse culture, inspired by charismatic fellow clinicians who just happen to be Brazilian!   

 

 

 

HEFEI:


capcity-will.jpegWilliam Haynes, 36

William was born just north of Columbus and is a lifelong runner.  He has made being a Columbus advocate his career—creating his own ShowMeColumbus tourism business.  Will is a Certified Tourism Ambassador with Experience Columbus, a photographer and writer and seeks to do his best to “shape this growing city”.  After having lived on three different continents, Will speaks English, Spanish and has a working knowledge of Thai and German.  He enjoys events which unite our community and is eager to represent Columbus in Hefei.

 

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Avery Gustovich, 37

Avery was born and raised in Pataskala.  A recruiter for Whole Foods Market, she describes herself as a family-oriented, carefree adventure-seeker.  While she has only been running for three years, the sport has a special connection to her father who passed away just after they ran their first 5K together.  Hefei will be only the second country Avery has visited—with her first being Jamaica.  Active in the Columbus community and very culturally curious, Avery will make a great Columbus advocate.

  

 

 

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Courtney got her bachelor’s from The Ohio State University and is currently a stay-at-home mom while she returns to school to study early childhood education.  She has been running for 20+ years and is a triathlete.  Courtney is   active on social media, blogging about her triathlon training and creating fun content with her children for their YouTube channel. She is interested in the lives of children abroad and in making a difference. Courtney believes the best tourists are those who are “focused on soaking up the differences they find in their fantastic destinations”.

Sandy Hugill

 

Sandy Hugill, 46

Sandy grew up in Columbus and attended The Ohio State University.  Currently she works as a management consultant.  While she only started running 13 years ago, she has already completed 74 marathons and 40 half marathons.  Sandy has run a marathon in all 50 states and has the goal of running marathons on all seven continents.  She enjoys blogging about her experiences as a multiple marathoner. Sandy has done some significant travel in her career and believes that real diplomacy happens through small acts such as the Sister City program.

 

Kristian Mines

Kristian M. Hines, 49

Kristian is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a Master’s Degree from Ohio Dominican.  She currently works for the State of Ohio as a trainer/facilitator.  Kristian began running in January of 2015 to beat the winter blues and describes herself as very determined.  She wants to show others a different version of a runner, representing runners of different fitness levels.  Kristian is passionate about Columbus and believes that ambassadors are reflections of their city.  She is excited about China because it will take her out of her comfort zone and push her boundaries while she represents Columbus and the running community in Hefei.

 

Visit http://www.columbussistercities.com to read more about the Curitiba and Hefei exchanges. Want to host an athlete from Curitiba or Hefei? Send a note to tconn@columbussistercities.org

 

Kick-Off for the 2017 Columbus Marathon

By Shannon McLoughlin Morrison

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Here we go folks! Are you excited yet? I know that I am! Before we dig in too far, I would like to add a note of gratitude to Darris and his crew with the Columbus Marathon. This is one of my favorite races and it is awesome to be able to be a part of it, if even in this small way.

Some of you might (kind of) remember who I am from last year, but for those of you I’ve never met, HI!!!! My name is Shannon Morrison, lover of running, pet rabbits, self-professed nerd, and your very humble guest blogger for the summer.

Speaking of this summer, it promises to be a hot one. I don’t know about any of you, but I’ve been outside a few times lately and it has been quite the scorcher. I am so glad that I have all of you, my virtual running buddies, to help me get through what promises to be a warm training season.

This year I will be tackling the full marathon. I am hoping that it will be my 10th full and first time coming under 5 hours. This will be quite challenging for me as I don’t enjoy speed work much and have grown comfortable running nice and easy paces. But, I thought that if I don’t throw this goal out there, I will never go for it!

So, how is it going so far you might ask? As I am sure many of you have also started your summer training, it has been going OK so far. To help me out this year, I have joined a running group called Marathoners In Training. In past years, I have been a pace coach, but this season I have taken off my coaching hat and put on my participant one and I am totally excited.

 

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We have three amazing coaches, Ron, Erin, and Wade taking us through our Saturday long runs and the rest of the gang has the best attitude each week, it’s definitely contagious! If you are looking for a way to make your long training runs more bearable, I would highly suggest coming out and running with us one Saturday, or checking out one of the many other local running clubs around Columbus or in your hometown. It is way more enjoyable to spend those hours with friends then by myself!

I also joined the Fleet Feet Columbus Run Crew, because I wanted to run more races this summer that were important to the Columbus running community. Last week there was The Big Run to help celebrate National Running Day. Ron and I had a good showing at the race and of course we had to get the selfie!

 

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This week marks an 8 mile Saturday run. I don’t have any race plan for the week, but if you do, tell us about it! I would love to hear about your training plans and goals for the Nationwide Columbus Marathon this year!

Left, right, repeat! Happy training! Until next time!

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Our recommended Ohio summer races to keep you on top of your training

Sometimes long runs can be a drag (never!) and it’s nice to get some race day experience in the mix. Following are some runs throughout Ohio we recommend for your summer training regimen. Make sure to give your feedback in the comments below if there are any runs that you’d recommend we add to this list (note: we only list races that feature distances longer than a 5K)!

06/04/17- Columbus 10K Columbus – 10K

06/23/17- MatchStick Race Wadsworth – 13.1 miles, 10K, 5K

07/02/17- Downtown Cleveland YMCA Firecracker 10K Cleveland  – 10K

07/04/17- Rocket Man Loveland – 15K, 10K, 5K.

07/04/17- Twin Sizzler Medina – 10K, 5K.

07/15/17- WingMan 10K Beavercreek – 10K.

07/18/17- The Gary Wellington Cheese Festival 5K/10K Wellington – 10K, 5K

07/22/17- ½ Way to Christmas Miamisburg – 10K, 5K

08/05/17- Run to The Wall Clinton – 13.1 miles, 10K, 5K

08/06/17- Hofbrauhaus 5K/10K Cleveland –10K, 5K

08/12/17- Mount Carmel Columbus Half Marathon – Delaware – 13.1 miles, 10K, 5K

08/12/17- Goodyear Half Marathon & 10K Akron – 13.1 miles, 10K

08/12/17- GermanFest Picnic 5K & 10K Dayton – 10K, 5K

08/13/17- Little Miami Half Marathon & 10K Morrow – 13.1 miles, 10K

08/19/17- Bull Run Columbus – 10K, 5K, Kids’ Run

08/20/17- Rock Hall Half Marathon Cleveland – 13.1 miles, 5K,

08/20/17- The Heart Of Ohio Half (Hoot) Columbus -13.1 miles (trail), 10K(trail)

08/27/17 –Emerald City Half & Quarter Marathon Dublin – 13.1 miles, 6.55 miles

09/02/17- Boy Scout Half Marathon & 5K Bowling Green – 13.1 miles, 5K

09/02/17- Leave No Trace Marathon & Half Marathon Peninsula – 26.2 miles (trail), and 13.1 miles (trail)

09/03/17- YOLO Festival of Races Greenville – 13.1 miles, 15K, 5K

09/09/17- The Spherion Mid Ohio 13ER Mansfield – 13.1 miles – Discount code: 13erCbus

09/10/17- Winans to Winans Half Marathon Troy – 13.1 miles

09/10/17- River Run Half Marathon Rocky River – 13.1 miles

09/16/17- Air Force Marathon Dayton – 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, 10K

09/16/17- Hocking Hills Indian Run Logan – 60K, 40K, 20K, 10K.

09/17/17- New Albany Walking Classic New Albany – 10K

09/23/17- Grand Lake Marathon Celina,- 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, 10K, 5K

09/23/17- Akron Marathon presented by FirstEnergy Akron – 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles (relay)

09/23/17- Scioto River Run Powell – 13.1 miles, 10K.

9/24/17 – Big Bad Wolfe Run, Columbus – 20 miles, 10 miles, 5K

09/30/17- Run Like a Girl Half Marathon Columbus – 13.1 miles, 10K, 5K

09/30/17- Adams County Marathon Half Marathon & 5K Race. West Union – 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, 5K.

10/01/17- Komen Southwest Ohio Race for the Cure Cincinnati – 10K, 5K

10/01/17- Broke Man’s Half Marathon Columbus – 13.1 miles

10/01/17- Northern Ohio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Mentor – 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, relay

10/07/17- Buckeye Trail Run Shawnee – 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, 10K, 5K.

 

 

 

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Race Director Darris Blackford sporting the “retro cool” 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Marathon Trials jacket.

April 11 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Men’s Olympic Trials in Columbus, and we are marking the occasion in a fun way!

Tomorrow, April 11, at 6 p.m., meet our Race Director Darris Blackford at the spot where the Trials’ Finish Line was located (yes, that’s right – the 1992 Trials’ Finish Line … where was it? We aren’t telling!)

The first five people to meet Darris at the EXACT SPOT where the 1992 Trials’ Finish Line was located will get one of the Tyvek jackets presented to the Trials’ runners that day. Retro cool!

Wear your workout clothes and afterward you can enjoy a nice run or walk on the beautiful Downtown riverfront – oops, that sounds like a hint! (here are a few more rolled into one … the spot is supremely patriotic and civic, although now a little fishy).

Can’t make it? Everyone who sends an e-mail to info@columbusmarathon.com with the subject line “TRIALS” by Midnight, April 11, will be entered into a drawing to win two VIP passes for this year’s race!

Want to learn more about the Men’s Olympic Marathon Trials and Columbus’ place in the history of this event?  Check out this link.

26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #26: Final reminders!

Tip26FinalReminders.pngAs we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’re sharing “26 Tips in 26 Days” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day.  Click here to read them all , or follow along on  Facebook Twitter Pinterest  and  Instagram.

Are you ready?

Race Day is just hours away. On behalf of our entire team, we want to thank you for taking part in the 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon. This race is a celebration of spirit and an opportunity to support the life-changing work taking place at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Our 11 board members have completed more than 300 marathons between them. If this is your first race or you are a seasoned pro, here are some last minute ideas to make the most of Race Day – straight from our Board.

What You Should Do Saturday Night:

  • Lay it all out – Avoid race day anxiety and rushing around by laying out everything you will need the night before.
  • Have a parking plan – Know where you’re going and where you’re parking. Plan for it to take you at least double the time it usually would to get there. Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about parking and road closures throughout the course.
  • Visualize – Visualize the start with a smile while everyone cheers you on, a smooth run with a calm breath and a steady pace, each neighborhood with huge crowds and funny signs, running through the pain as your training kicks in, the finish line with elation and what an awesome accomplishment it will be! Through visualization our dreams come true. If you need help, here’s a video recap of the 2015 race.

Race Morning:

  • Get there early! – Avoid any unneeded race day anxiety by getting to the start line early. The Corrals open at 6 a.m. This will allow you some extra time should something unexpected arise (i.e. – traffic delays, long restroom lines, etc).
  • No Firsts – You shouldn’t do anything for the first time – from the food you eat to what’s on your feet: breakfast, clothes, shoes, Gatorade and Clif Shot should already be tested.
  • Protein – A little bit of protein is always a good thing the morning of the race, but again, practice this first before that day!
  • Stay Warm – Even with outdoor heaters in the corrals, you can still get cold. Use an oversized trash bag to stay warm. Take a bag and cut a hole for your head at the bottom of the bag. Once the race begins, all you have to do is throw it away! NOTE: You can also purchase a throw-away sweatshirt from the Goodwill Store at the Health & Fitness Expo for the same effect!

During The Race:

  • Pace – Relax and don’t get too excited before and during the first few miles. Trust your training and stay true to your pace. Check out the Clif Bar Pace Team and sign up for free at the Health & Fitness Expo to have expert pacers guide you through the race at your pace.
  • Take it all in – Once you arrive, take it all in, the sights, the sounds and the smells. This experience will never happen exactly this way ever again, so soak in every step. Entertainment and Patient Champions will be at every mile to keep you going. Remember, you’ve worked hard for this – enjoy it!

Post Race:

  • Celebrate – Congratulations! You have crossed the finish line and completed an amazing feat. Regardless of distance, pace and records, it is time to reward yourself and Celebration Village is the perfect place to do so. Reunite with friends and family, shake out our legs, visit the vendors, feast on food from local food trucks, enjoy live entertainment and remember to hit that PR Gong!
  • Recover – Our Medical Director, Dr. Darrin Bright, has a list of tips on how to recover immediately after the race and later in the day (See Tip #14 here).

Tomorrow culminates months of hard work. You are ready. We can wait to see you tomorrow morning.

If you have any last minute questions, please leave a comment below or reach out to the marathon team on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest or Instagram.

 

 

26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #25: Celebrate after finishing!

Tip25Celebrate.pngAs we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’re sharing “26 Tips in 26 Days” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Many athletes and their families spend months preparing for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon.

Once you cross the finish line, it’s time for everyone to celebrate. The celebration begins right after crossing the finish line. That’s where athletes will get blankets, a quick bite to eat and their medals. Gear check will be nearby; so, picking up items should be short and simple.

Athletes will be able to meet their families at the Family Reunion area just a few hundred feet from the Finish Line on Spring St. east of Neil; wind feathers with last name letters will help families find each other.

After the hugs and hi-fives, live music, food and vendors will be available. While kids play in bounce houses, athletes can get medals engraved, ring one of TWO PR gongs for a best time and pick up their “I Qualified for Boston pins” and age group awards (if both are earned!) at the Info Tent next to the Gear Check tent at the corner of West Street and Spring Street.

Most importantly, there will be ample space to stand, sit and reflect on the achievement of running a full or 1/2 marathon. You’ve worked hard and sacrificed countless hours to make Sunday happen. Take time to celebrate with friends, family and the Columbus running community at Celebration Village.

Current registrants can click here to double-check your registration.  Please ask any questions in the comment section below. You’re also welcome to connect with the marathon team on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.