Tip #10: Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Fun Facts

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

Preparing for a marathon or ½ marathon involves numbers. Lots of numbers.

  • Think of how many miles you put in to prepare.
  • Think of the pace you need to run your best race.
  • Think of the calories you’ve burned or consumed to get ready for October 18, 2015.

Tip 10 - fun facts

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon team also focuses on numbers in order to put on a stellar race experience. Here’s a breakdown of the event with some Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Fun Facts.


  • 24 Miracle Mile Patient Champions who have shared their stories to inspire
  • 3,000 volunteers making this race possible
  • All 50 states are represented by our athletes
  • More than 100 bands and entertainers add extra cheer
  • 27-member marathon team and 11-member marathon board of directors that have put in approximately 10,000 hours of planning
  • Approximately 60,000 people attend the Health & Fitness Expo
  • Approximately 100,000 spectators cheer on athletes on Race Day


  • 250,000 White Castle cups of water to quench thirst
  • 250,000 Cups of Lemon-Lime Gatorade (approximately 11,600 gallons of Gatorade) when water just doesn’t cut it
  • 19,000 food boxes, plus yogurt, bananas and chocolate milk to replenish at the Finish Line
  • 600 portable bathrooms for relief
  • 24,000 Clif Shot energy gels to refuel (vanilla, mocha, and raspberry flavored!)
  • 96 portable generators to power the course


  • 1 Angel Mile to honor, remember and celebrate the angels of Nationwide Children’s who have already finished their race
  • 1 Encore Mile, for the patients who lined the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
  • 20,000 feet of fencing (nearly 4 miles) along various parts of the course
  • 201,600 watt sound system to rev up runners at the Start Line
  • 20 ClifBar and New Albany Walking Club members
  • 27 permits throughout five different police jurisdictions to allow athletes to run or walk along 26.2 miles of roads


  • Real-Time Race Tracking delivered more than 97,599 notifications (via Facebook, Twitter and text) in 2014.
  • NCHCM website had
    • a half a million views in October 2014 alone.
    • visitors from nearly 4000 cities in October 2014 alone.
    • visitors from 91 countries in October 2014 alone.
    • a visitor from each continent in October 2014 alone.

That’s a lot of math. But you don’t need an Excel file to know the most important number of all is one – YOU – that achieves a major life goal on Oct. 18!

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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