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.
Whether you were the winner of the marathon or the last to cross the finish line – you all went the distance today. So, as you’re sitting in your bath of Epsom Salt and squeezing every last ounce of Biofreeze onto your weary muscles, take in some of the marathon and half marathon-inspired quotes below. Please know that by participating in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon or 1/2 Marathon, you not only made a difference in your life, but you made a difference in the lives of children who get care from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, regardless of their ability to pay. Kudos to you!
“The thirst you feel in your throat and lungs will be gone minutes after the race is over. The pain in your legs within days, but the glory of your finish will last forever.” – Unknown
“Life is for participating, not for spectating.” – Kathrine Switzer, first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry
“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.” – Frank Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
“Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.” – Julie Isphording, Columbus Marathon winner
“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race, it’s to test the limits of the human heart.” – Bill Bowerman, legendary University of Oregon track coach
“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” – Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist
“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.” – Steve Prefontaine
“If you feel bad at 10 miles, you’re in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you’re normal. If you don’t feel bad at 26 miles, you’re abnormal.” – Rob de Castella, winner 1983 world marathon championships
“The marathon can humble you.” – Bill Rodgers, four-time Boston Marathon Champion
And we are humbled that you’ve chosen to participate in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon. We look forward to seeing you next year on Oct. 18th!