Join us for RunFest 2016 on July 9

We are excited to invite you to our 7th annual non-running, running event – RunFest – to kick-off your training for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon! This year’s event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 9th at the Capital University Field House.

All runners and walkers are welcome – those who already started their training can gain insight on their progress and receive more information about tackling the 13.1 or 26.2-mile-course in October.

Additionally, there will be free food, booths featuring local retailers and charities, seminars and music. And, carrying on the RunFest tradition, the 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon medal and shirt designs will be unveiled, and the 2016 Patient Champions from Nationwide Children’s Hospital will be introduced.

1pm – Welcome and introduction of Patient Champions
1:45-2:15 pm- Seminar Session #1 (Seminars A & B)
2:30-3:00 pm- Seminar Session #2 (Seminars A & C)
3:15-3:45 pm- Seminar Session #3 (Seminars C & D)

*Please register for any seminars that you would like to attend via this Eventbrite link.


Seminar A: Run Like a Champion Panel- Your registration gets you to the start line, but how do you bring along all of your friends and family and make a real difference at Nationwide Children’s Hospital? Our panel of top fundraising Children’s Champions will discuss the ins and out of fundraising and perks that will make your race day experience unforgettable.

Seminar B: Run for the Grin: Mental Training for Marathons- Dr. Jen Carter’s wonderful experience in the sport of swimming drove her to the career of sport psychology. She is the Director of Sport Psychology at Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center. In this role, she provides mental health and performance psychology counseling to OSU athletes, road warriors, sports medicine patients, clients with body image issues, and individuals in the community. Dr. Carter is a counseling psychologist with specialties in sport psychology and eating disorders. She strives to help adults and adolescents achieve peak performance in multiple life domains.

Seminar C: How the Words “Only,” “But” and “Slow” are Ruining Your Running- Columbus Marathon and 1/2 Marathon’s own, Star Blackford motivates you to run your best race ever.

Seminar D: #Winning@Columbus- Hear from former Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon Winners Jason Ordway and Christina Murphy on the winning strategies for running this course.

We can’t wait to see you there!

RunFest At A Glance:

WHAT: RunFest

WHERE: Capital University Field House. See directions here.

WHEN: Saturday, July 9 from 1 to 4 p.m

WHY: Meet hundreds of other Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon participants, get free food and swag, hear presentations that will enhance your training, meet 2016 Patient Champions, and more!







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