26 Tips for 26.2 Miles – Tip #1: Know The Course

The clock is ticking. Wednesday, September 23, marks 26 days until the 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon! That means it’s time to begin our “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” series. From now until Race Day, athletes and spectators can get daily tips to make the most of the race experience. From finding places to park to celebrating at the finish, we’ll cover every step of the process. Please use the comments section to ask any questions.

Tip 1 - Know the course (1)

Knowing the course helps athletes and spectators make the most of the race experience. Here are two important resources to help you while you train.

COURSE MAP: The full marathon goes through Bexley, Olde Town East, passes by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, continues through German Village, downtown Columbus, Short North, The Ohio State University campus, Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, Victorian Village and finishes where it starts, at North Bank Park in the Arena District. The 1/2 marathon follows the same route, but athletes turn onto Long St. at about Mile 12.5 to return to North Bank Park.

See below for a bird’s eye view of the route for specific directions and to learn more about elevation changes. You can also download PDF versions of the full marathon and half marathon courses here .



COURSE VIDEOS: Athletes and fans cans see the course and feel the race experience with our video overviews of the full marathon and half marathon. In just a few short minutes, athletes will have a much better sense of just how fast and fun our race can be.

Have additional questions about this year’s course? Let us know in the comments below, or share with us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll be sure to get them answered!


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