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 Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Seeing all 18,000 of our marathon and 1/2 marathon runners and walkers lined up at the Start Line is one of our favorite parts of the race. It’s an incredible moment: You can truly feel the excitement in the air!
We want you to enjoy the Start Line experience as much as we do. The best way to do that? Make sure you understand this year’s new procedures BEFORE the race, so then all you have to worry about once you get there is having fun. That’s why today’s tip is: Get into corrals early so you can enjoy four times the Start Line excitement this year!
The Start Line for the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is on Broad Street – just west of the intersection of Third and Broad streets. As in previous years, we’ll have Start Line “corrals” to group people with similar estimated finishing times together. However, this year we’ll have FOUR waves of runners. (Hence four times the Start Line excitement!)
At 7:30 a.m., fireworks will mark the beginning of this year’s marathon and ½ marathon, signaling the send-off of the first wave of athletes (approximately 4,500 people). Once that wave has crossed, we will walk the second wave of runners – again, 4,500 athletes – to the Start Line, where a second set of fireworks will mark the second wave’s start. We will repeat this process two more times, until all four waves of athletes have begun their races.
Increased fireworks aren’t the only improvements we’ve made this year. Here are a few additional things to expect at the 2013 Start Line:
- Seven athlete-only entrances
- 60 minutes to line up in your Start Corral (6-7 a.m.)
- 200+ volunteers on hand to help get everyone lined up
- 250+ restrooms, including more in and near the Corrals – as well as volunteers directing you to them
- Thousands of watts of power in a sound and lighting system upgrade