Tip #14: In Distress? Look for the Marathon Medical Team for Assistance Along the Course

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.

With the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon just around the corner, stretching, staying hydrated and conserving strength are some of the most important things runners and walkers can do to prevent injuries. However, 34 years have taught us that no matter how hard you’ve trained, sometimes injuries along the course simply can’t be prevented. That’s why we have more than 200 medical professionals working and volunteering on race day to ensure the health and safety of our 18,000 participants, plus thousands of spectators and volunteers.

If you’re worried about getting injured along the course, today’s tip is for you:

If you’re in distress or need help getting to the Finish Line, look for the marathon medical team for assistance along the course.


Tip 14 - Medical Team


Here’s where you can find the medical team during this year’s race:

  • Medical tents: There are seven medical tents positioned throughout the course to accommodate the needs of our runners, four of which are located on the course (Note: One is also positioned so runners will travel past it twice). There are three in the Start/Finish Line area. Medical tents are staffed by physicians, nurses, EMTs, athletic trainers and physical therapists (personnel at each tent are determined by anticipated medical encounters). If you think you need assistance while running or walking, look for medical “feathers” that are located along the course that indicate when a tent is coming up.
  • EMS: In addition to medical tents, there will also be numerous, easily identifiable EMS units stationed at key intersections throughout the course.
  • American Red Cross first responder teams & support vehicles: American Red Cross’s first responder teams will be positioned throughout the course. These teams are mobile and will be easily identifiable by signs that say Red Cross. Red Cross vehicles will also follow athletes and be available to provide help, support or a ride to the Finish Line, if necessary.
  • Medical information: As a reminder, this year we are stressing more than ever that all runners PLEASE fill out the Medical Information on the back of your bib number.


If you find yourself in distress during the race, or see another runner who needs assistance, please be sure to notify race personnel or a member of our medical team. If you have any questions or concerns about getting injured along the course, let us know in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.


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