Tip #15: Finding Medical Help During The Race

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.


With the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon just around the corner, stretching, staying hydrated and conserving strength are some of the most important things runners and walkers can do to prevent injuries.

Over three decades, we’ve learned that no matter how hard you train, sometimes injuries occur. That’s why we have more than 200 medical professionals working and volunteering on race day to ensure the health and safety of our 19,000 participants, 100,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers.

Tip 15 - medical

Here’s where you can find medical assistance during this year’s race:

  • Medical Tents: Certified medical personnel are located in the Start/Finish areas and at four locations along the race course to assist athletes. In the event an athlete is unable to continue, report to one of these tents or the nearest mile marker for assistance. Red Cross sweep vehicles will pick up disabled athletes for transport to the Finish Line. The medical staff has the right to withdraw any athletes from the race who appear in distress or at risk.
  • Minor Aid: Minor medical aid (i.e. band-aids or Vaseline) can be found at each fluid station.
  • EMS: In addition to medical tents, there will also be several, easily identifiable EMS units stationed at key intersections throughout the course.
  • American Red Cross first responder teams & support vehicles: American Red Cross first responder teams will be positioned throughout the course. These teams are mobile and will be easily identifiable by Red Cross signs. Red Cross vehicles will also follow athletes and be available to provide help, support or a ride to the Finish Line, if necessary.
  • Medical information: As a reminder, PLEASE fill out the Medical Information on the back of your bib number. This information could save your life!
  • See Something, Say Something: Our Race Director Darris Blackford likely saved a man’s life at another marathon by flagging down medics after seeing the runner pass out. Yes, taking part in this race is important, but more important is looking out for others – you’d want them to do the same for you!

If you find yourself in distress during the race, or see another runner who needs assistance, please be sure to notify race personnel or a member of our medical team. If you have any questions or concerns about getting injured along the course, let us know in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

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