Tip 19: Planning For Parking

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.

Don’t waste energy running around before the race. Save time and prevent stress with some simple parking solutions for athletes and spectators.Tip 19 - parking

Parking Overview:

There are 15,000 parking spots available in the Arena District (close to the combined Start/Finish Line) and we strongly recommend you purchase your spot in advance here.


The Corrals open at 6 a.m., so plan accordingly!​ Here are some tips:

  • 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!  We recommend It cuts down on traffic and will save you money!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Make sure you know about any road closings/construction that may get in your way of being in your corral early. Check out Paving the Way’s Website for the latest road construction information, including weekend work.

If you review the above items thoroughly and make your plan a few days ahead of time, you should enjoy an easy, unhurried, unstressed start to your big day. Again, the Start Line Corrals open at 6 a.m.

Directions and Street Closures at the Start/Finish:

For directions to the start/finish area from all sides of the city, visit our parking page here.

Please be aware of the following street closures:

  • 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.

Parking Throughout The Course:

The Columbus Marathon cannot guarantee parking availability in any of these lots due to changing schedules and lack of ownership. These are suggested places to park in order to help out those wishing to watch the Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon for the first time. Also, spectators and participants are responsible for any parking fee charged by those who own the lot.


  • Parking lot on the corner of Drexel and Main Streets
  • Residential streets in the vicinity


  • Golden Hobby Shop located on the corner of Sycamore and Third Streets
  • Residential streets in the vicinity


  • Downtown Upper Arlington shops/Arlington Ave.
  • Residential streets in the vicinity
  • Here’s a website that gives parking options in Upper Arlington


  • Here’s a website that gives parking options on Grandview Ave.


  • Residential streets in the vicinity

If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments, or ask us on Facebook and Twitter!


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