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.
This year, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon is more spectator-friendly than ever! Checkout today’s tip for Spectator Solutions. Following are some highlights for spectators on Race Day:
Bleachers lining the Start— Bleachers line the north side of Long Street start at the start line and can hold hundreds of spectators.
26 Miles of Patient Champions: 24 miles are represented by a patient at Nationwide Children’s and one is dedicated as an Angel Mile for the special children who have been taken too soon and one is an “encore mile” for the Patient Champions from 2012 and 2013. These patients and their families will be along every mile of the course to cheer on participants and serve as a visual reminder of how the marathon is helping ill and injured children. You can see the 2014 Patient Champion stories here.
Broad Street Presbyterian Church (760 E. Broad Street) – Starting at 7:15 a.m., BSPC will open its doors to all spectators to come inside for hot coffee and treats, restrooms, and warm conversation. Spectators can come and go as they please, and enjoy the hospitality center shortly before mile two. Broad Street Presbyterian Church also has a 160 spot parking lot that is free to the public. Go to bspc.org for more info.
Drexel and Main Streets in Bexley is a perfect place to take in the fall colors and amazing homes as the runners pass by.
Schiller Park in German Village is bordered by Reinhard, Jaeger and Deshler Streets. This is one of Columbus’s oldest and most scenic parks — you’ll enjoy walking from one side to the other to cheer on your athlete and take part in the German Village Neighborhood Party.
Short North Arts District on High Street — between Nationwide Blvd. and Fifth Ave. — enjoy window shopping at the art galleries and boutique shops and have a cup of joe from one of the local coffee shops while you wait for your athlete.
Grab a Shuttle to the ‘Shoe – Spectators who wish to catch their Marathon athlete running or walking through Ohio Stadium can get a free 15-minute ride on a shuttle bus to Ohio Stadium from 8 am to 1 p.m. Shuttles will be at Neil Ave. and New Public Alley (from the Start line, walk north on Neil to the first alley past Spring Street; pick up will be on your right). Seating will be available inside the stadium in the south stands as the runners and walkers pass through the ‘Shoe. Additionally, concessions will be available for purchase at Ohio Stadium. Spectators can then grab a quick shuttle ride back to the Finish Line while their athlete travels approximately 9 miles to the finish.
Celebration Village — Where athletes and their friends and family can meet up at signs based on the first letter of their last name. Celebration Village will feature the most vendors we’ve ever had, including the Columbus Marathon store, a medal engraver and even #MeetBaymax, a character from a new Disney film. Additionally, there will be bounce houses, Highlights will have a fun area for kids, there will be food trucks (Schmidt’s Sausage Truck, Pitabilities, Dos Hermanos Taco Truck, Kinetic Food Truck and Kettle Corn), live entertainment by OK, Maybe… and SWAGG and much more. NOTE: there will also be an Information Booth on Spring Street as you enter Celebration Village and the folks there will be equipped to handle questions ranging from how to track your athlete to how to get back to your hotel.