Each year we hold athlete exchanges with some of Columbus’ international sister cities that also have a marathon or half marathon. The longest such exchange has been with Dresden, Germany – this is our fifth-year anniversary!
This year the Dresden Marathon and Half Marathon races are one week after ours, and five athletes will travel between each city to take part in the events. As part of the exchange, the athletes will stay with host families in each city.
Are you an athlete who would like to apply to be a Columbus Marathon Ambassador at the Dresden Marathon and Half Marathon? Visit www.dresdensistercity.org or watch this video
Last year we expanded our athlete exchange program to Hefei, China, and Curitiba, Brazil, and will continue these partnerships in 2016.
Three athletes will get the chance to represent Columbus at the Hefei International Marathon on November 12, and another trio will take part in the Maratona Curitiba on November 20. As with the Dresden partnership, efforts are under way to have athletes from these cities take part in our race on October 16.
For information on becoming an ambassador for Columbus in China or Brazil, fill out the application found online here by May 15. Want to host an athlete from Hefei or Curitiba? Send a note to TSword@columbussistercities.org.