Columbus Marathon Runs the World!

NCHCM Sister Cities.

After three years of success with our athlete exchange program in sister city Dresden, Germany, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of two new similar international programs in Hefei, China, and Curitiba, Brazil!

Three athletes will get the chance to represent Columbus at the Hefei International Marathon on October 25, and another trio will take part in the Maratona Curitiba on November 15. As with the Dresden partnership, efforts are under way to have athletes from these two new cities take part in our race on October 18.

The five-day trips to China and Brazil will include race entry, homestay with a local host family, on-site transportation, a post-race reception, and a small travel stipend.

Participants must have a valid passport, be able to obtain a necessary visa, and pay for the remaining cost of travel. To be considered, fill out the application found HERE. and email to Tim Sword with Greater Columbus Sister Cities International at tlsword@columbus.gov.

Deadline to apply is June 30.

PLEASE NOTE : On most browsers / devices clicking the link ‘here’ above will automatically download the PDF application. Please download, complete and submit via email to tlsword@columbus.gov. Thank you.

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