Tip #3: Race for a reason: Become a Children’s Champion

As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’ll be sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all, or follow along on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Tip 3 - Children's ChampionsTo a marathon runner, there are few things greater than that moment when months of training, prep, sweat, tears and dedication pays off as you cross the finish line. One thing that will make that moment even greater? Knowing those 26 miles (or 13, for our half-marathoners) will make a difference to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the 2013 Miracle Mile Patient Champions.

So, today’s tip: Become a Children’s Champion and race for the kids who can’t.

Children’s Champions are Columbus Marathon participants who choose to run, walk or cheer for the marathon or 1/2 marathon while fundraising for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As a Children’s Champion, you’ll have the opportunity to reach beyond your personal training goals and support another mission: To cure, men and comfort each child who walks through the doors of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, regardless of their diagnosis or the family’s ability to pay. Plus, on top of the funds you raise, The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will be matching the first $100,000 in donations raised by the Children’s Champions.

Visit the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Children’s Champions website to get started. Once you’re there, you can sign up as an individual, create a team or join an existing team, plus help recruit additional Children’s Champions and raise money for the hospital. Here’s how to sign up:

  1. Go to “Join Children’s Champions
  2. Click “Register Here” to begin the registration process
  3. Once your page has been created, you can begin to spread the word about it, recruit team members or ask for donations

Want to race for a reason this year? Join Children’s Champions today! Need further convincing to sign up? Meet the 2013 Miracle Mile Patient Champions, the miraculous kids that will be on each mile of the marathon on October 20th, supporting you every step of the way.

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