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.
Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States and offers nationally renowned food, entertainment and shopping. For those visiting our city for the first time, here are some ideas to make the most of race weekend.
Dine Originals Columbus is a collection of more than 35 locally and independently owned and operated restaurants that help define Columbus and make it a memorable city. Here’s a link to Dine Originals restaurants in Columbus – have fun loading up on carbs!
If you don’t have a car, no problem; it’s easy to get around in Columbus:
- Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), 614-228-1776. Normal one-way bus fare is $2, express fare is $2.75. Kids under 48 inches tall are free with adults (limit 3) and taller kids up to age 12 are only $1 one-way. Additionally, the new CBUS runs a continuous loop from the Brewery District to the Short North for free.
- CoGo Bike Share offers 300 bicycles at 30 stations. CoGo is fun, easy, affordable and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Car2Go – More than 250 Smart Cars are available in Columbus with a Car2Go membership. Members open the car with their member card and can easily go from A to B, park their car2go again and that’s that. It’s fun, saves money and helps the environment.
- Tell your family and friends to ride their bikes to meet you at the Race! 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.
- Yellow Taxi, 614-444-4444. The average fare from Port Columbus International Airport to downtown is $22. Additionally, Uber seamlessly connects cars with riders.
- Cars of all types are available to rent in every corner of the city. Check with Thrifty, Dollar and Enterprise.
Things to Do and See
For the thousands of you who are from outside of Columbus, make sure to check out Experience Columbus to check out all the great attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, museum and just general fun options available in Columbus.
And for those of you who want to take a closer look at some of the great communities the race course goes through and landmarks it passes by, check out the following:
- The Arena District
- The City of Bexley
- Columbus Museum of Art
- Downtown Columbus
- Franklin Park Conservatory
- German Village
- Grandview Heights
- Harrison WestNationwide Children’s Hospital
- Ohio Stadium
- Ohio Statehouse
- The Short North/Victorian Village
- Upper Arlington
Finally, if you’ll be in or around downtown Columbus on Saturday, October 17, be sure to check out the Highlights Kids’ Run, our annual fun races for the little ones, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at North Bank Start where the race will start and end on Sunday. Click here for more details and to register!