“On your mark, get set, go!” | “Auf die Plätze, fertig, los!”

We want YOU to represent Columbus at the Dresden Marathon in Germany!


Columbus and Dresden, Germany are sister cities, a relationship marked by numerous cultural, educational, athletic and business exchanges. Since 2012, this has included sending athletes to each city’s respective marathon & ½ marathon, which are held on the same day. In partnership with Dresden Sister City, Inc., we will again participate in an exchange this year, and are looking for five runners or walkers who wish to represent us in Germany!


  • Who: Central Ohio residents, or individuals with a strong connection to Columbus to represent the city.
  • What: Participate in the Dresden Marathon or ½ Marathon as a representative of Columbus.
  • When: October 19, 2014
  • Where: Dresden, Germany

Columbus Athlete Ambassadors receive:

  • Free entry to the Dresden race category of your choice
  • Lodging with a host family in Dresden for 5 nights (from Oct. 16 – Oct. 21)
  • Transportation in Dresden race weekend
  • Reception hosted by Dresden city officials
  • Sightseeing tour of Dresden (hosted by the City of Dresden)
  • A contribution from Dresden Sister City, Inc. to help support your travel expenses

Requirements: Valid passport; airfare costs; and most importantly, a winning attitude!

Additional Opportunity: Dresden Sister City Inc. also is seeking host families for the athletes from Dresden who will take part in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon.

Interested in learning more, or being considered as Columbus Ambassador or host? Send a note to Dorit Fratzscher at dresdensistercity@gmail.com before June 30!


9 thoughts on ““On your mark, get set, go!” | “Auf die Plätze, fertig, los!”

  1. I would love to do this ! I have many family members that live in Germany and would come to support me . I have also studied in Dresden during a summer in college , so I am very familiar with the area as well!

  2. I have run the Columbus full marathon once and have completed six half marathons. I’m interested to go to Dresden. In inquires at the kick off event but haven’t heard anything else.

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