Tip #2 Getting To The Start On Time

As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’re 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.


Tip 2 - Start line time

Who likes traffic? The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon works hard to create a convenient race experience. So for the second straight year, we will have a combined Start and Finish at North Bank Park. The park will also be home to Celebration Village, where athletes and spectators can relax after the race. Parking and all pre- and post-race activities takes place in and around one convenient area.

Parking Overview:

There are more than 15,000 parking spaces in the Arena District, close to the combined Start & Finish Line. You can alleviate some stress on Race Day by purchasing your parking pass in advance online.

Parking Plans:
Please make plans prior to race day to get downtown and into your parking spot well before the Race starts at 7:30 a.m. The Corrals open at 6 a.m., so plan accordingly.
We encourage you to think of how long it takes to get into downtown Columbus from your home or where you are staying. Got that number? Now double it! With 19,000 people making their way to the Start Line at the same time, you’ll need extra time to get where you want to be.

Parking Help:

Carpooling cuts down on traffic and parking problems. Plus, it will save you money. You can also check out the COTA bus schedule, CoGo Bike Sharing (there are several bike stations within walking distance of the start/finish), taxis or Uber for an alternative to driving downtown.  Car2GO is another option to consider although advance registration is required.

Yay Bikes will offer free, secure bike parking at the Start/Finish, and we also are promoting a self-guided bike tour of the course.

Construction and Closures:

Check out Paving the Way’s Website for the latest road construction information, including weekend work. Here are the street closures and the start and finish and how to access parking near North Bank Park.

  • Long St. will be closed between High St. to the East and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Spring St. will be closed from West St. to the East, and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Neil Ave. will be closed from New Public Way on the North to the combined Start/Finish Line to the South.

As with any race, the more time you have, the better.  Here are directions from the north, south, east and west. We can’t wait to see you at the Start Line in less than a month!

Directions to Parking from the North:

I-71 South to I-670 West

Exit at Third St. (on the Left)

Take Third St. to Chestnut St.

Right onto Chestnut St.

Choose a parking garage on Chestnut St.

(Alternately with this route)

Continue on Chestnut St. to High St.

Right onto High Street

Take High St. to Nationwide Blvd.

Left onto Nationwide Blvd.

Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

I-71 South to I-670 West

Exit at Neil Ave.

Left onto Neil Ave.

Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

St. Rt. 315 South to I-670 East

Exit at Neil Ave.

Right onto Neil Ave.

Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

Directions to Parking from the South:

I-71 North to St. Rt. 315 North

St. Rt. 315 North to Long St.

Right onto Long St.

Long St. To Hocking St. (Police will direct)

Left onto Hocking St. to Nationwide Blvd.

Right onto Nationwide Blvd.

Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

I-71 North (do not merge onto St. Rt. 315 North)

Exit at Fourth St.

Left onto Fourth St.

Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.

Left onto Nationwide Blvd.

Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

NOTE STREET CLOSURES AT THE START/FINISH WHEN PLANNING YOUR ROUTE TO PARKING:

  • Long St. will be closed between High St. to the East and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Spring St. will be closed from West St. to the East, and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Neil Ave. will be closed from Nationwide Blvd. on the North to the combined Start/Finish Line to the South.

Directions to Parking from the East:

I-70 West to Mound St.

Right onto Fourth St.

Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.

Left onto Nationwide Blvd.

Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

I-670 West

Exit at Neil Ave.

Right onto Neil Ave.

Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

Directions to Parking from the West:

I-70 East to I-670 East.

I-670 East to Grandview Ave.

Right onto Grandview Ave.

Grandview Ave. to Dublin Rd.

Right onto Dublin Rd.

Stay on Dublin Rd. (becomes Long St.)

Long St. to Hocking St. (Police will direct)

Left onto Hocking St. to Nationwide Blvd.

Right onto Nationwide Blvd.

Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

I-70 East to Exit for Fourth St.

Turn left onto Fourth St.

Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.

Left onto Nationwide Blvd.

Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

I-670 East to Neil Ave.

Right onto Neil Ave.

Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

NOTE STREET CLOSURES AT THE START/FINISH WHEN PLANNING HOW TO ACCESS PARKING:

  • Long St. will be closed between High St. to the East and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Spring St. will be closed from West St. to the East, and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Neil Ave. will be closed from Nationwide Blvd. on the North to the combined Start/Finish Line to the South.

Have additional questions? 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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