Tip: 12 Know The Race Rules

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.


 The 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon is a world-class event. We take pride in offering a fast, fun and fair experience for all athletes. Today’s tip involves knowing the race rules.

Tip 12 - race rules

Violation of any of these rules may result in disqualification. There are no exceptions to the rules:

  • Everything needed for a successful race is available from official fluid or medical stations. If you need something specific, you should carry it with you.
  • Non-registered runners may not run any part of the course. Course monitors and police have authority to remove unregistered runners from the course. This includes children running in with parents at the Finish. Anyone who does this risks disqualification and a ban from future events.
  • The only wheeled vehicles permitted on the course are official wheelchair entrants, pace vehicles, official bicycle spotters and approved wheeled devices. No baby strollers, dogs, in-line skates allowed.
  • Full marathon participants who are not maintaining a 13:44-minute mile pace and who don’t make it to High & Long St. (Mile 12.5) by 11 a.m. will be urged to head to the Finish Line where they will be credited with an official ½ marathon finishing time and will receive other race participant benefits, including finish line food and a warming blanket. If an athlete chooses to continue following along the marathon course after this time, they will do so at their own risk. The water stops, entertainment areas, portable bathrooms, medical support, and Police and Fire/EMS services ahead will all be shut down. The Finish Line closes at 2 p.m.
  • Athletes will receive the finisher’s medal corresponding to the type of bib they are wearing, i.e., someone wearing a full marathon bib will receive a full marathon medal, even if they only complete the ½ Marathon.

These rules were carefully created with the runner’s safety in mind. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments, or ask us on Facebook and Twitter!

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