Introducing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” + Get to Know the 2013 Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Course (Tip #1)

Tip 1 - Know the courseIt’s that time of year again, marathoners: Today marks exactly ONE MONTH until the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon! We can’t wait to see all 18,000 of you at the starting line next month, but until then, our main concern is giving you all the information you need to be as prepared as possible when you get there.

Beginning today, we’ll be sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” – including helpful tidbits like what to wear on October 20, when to arrive at the starting line and where to find fluids, porta-potties and more along the course. We’ll also be featuring YOUR tips on training and race day prep in another feature, “We Ask, You Answer” that will launch later this month (Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more details on that one!). We’ll include images with each tip too, so be sure to share, tweet, pin and Instagram them to help us spread the word. And, as always, if you have questions on anything we share, please let us know in the comments or ask us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

So, let’s get started!

If, as they say, “knowing is half the battle,” then one of the best ways to prepare for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is knowing where exactly you’ll be running or walking come October 20. That’s why our first tip is to get to know the ins, outs, ups and downs of this year’s course.

Here are a few resources to help you get started:

  • COURSE MAP: The 2013 full marathon will run through Bexley, Olde Town East, German Village, downtown Columbus, Short North, The Ohio State University campus (including the ‘Shoe!), Upper Arlington, Grandview, Victorian Village and will finish in the Arena District. The half marathon will follow the same course, ending in downtown Columbus. Consult the Columbus Marathon course map for a bird’s-eye-view. You can also download PDF versions of the full marathon and half marathon courses. 
  •  COURSE ELEVATION CHART: Finally, this PDF will give you a better idea of where to expect increases in elevation throughout both the half and full marathon course.

Have additional questions about this year’s course? Let us know in the comments below, or share with us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll be sure to get them answered!

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