Tip #10: Know When and Where to Fuel up Along the Course on Race Day

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 10 - Fluid stationsDid you know? The average marathon race time in the U.S. is 4:45, which means the average athlete will lose anywhere from 10 to 18 percent of their body’s water during the race. That means staying properly hydrated is essential for both your safety and performance during the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon.

Today’s tip: Know when and where to fuel up along the course.

FLUID & GEL STATIONS

We’ll have 21 fluid stations set up along the course this year. Each station will have two sets of tables: The first set of tables will offer Gatorade Lemon Lime Endurance Formula and the second set will offer water. We’ll also have Mocha (caffeinated), Raspberry, Citrus and Vanilla ClifShot energy gels around miles 9.5 and 15.5.

Each station will also have several porta-potties not too far from the tables, if you need to make a pit stop while you’re hydrating.

KROGER FOOD ZONE AT MILE 23

In addition to the two existing ClifShot energy gel stations, we’re adding a third energy area to this year’s course. Presented by Kroger, it will be located at Mile 23.5 and feature food items to help marathoners get to the Finish Line.

Thanks to your suggestions, we’ll be offering the following five items at this buffet-style station:

  • Orange slices
  • Pretzels
  • Cookies (Fig Newtons, Oreos, chocolate chip cookies)
  • Candy (Gummy Bears, licorice, Swedish Fish, jelly beans)
  • Pepsi

Fluid & Gel Station maps for the full marathon can be viewed here and the 1/2 marathon here. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below!

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