26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #1: Know The Course


Tuesday, September 20, is a milestone day for everyone involved with the 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon!

Race Day is 26 days away. That’s it.

To get you through the butterflies, we are launching our “26 Tips in 26 Days” series. From now until Race Day, athletes and spectators can get daily tips to make the most of the race experience. From parking to food to cool viewing spots to race and weather rules, we will do our best to cover every step of the process. If we miss something, please use the comments section to ask any questions. We are here to motivate you on Race Day.

Tip #1 Know The Course:

Knowing the course helps athletes and spectators make the most of the race experience. Here are two important resources to help you while you train.

COURSE MAP: The full marathon goes through Bexley, Olde Town East, passes by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, continues through German Village, downtown Columbus, Short North, The Ohio State University campus, Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, Victorian Village and finishes where it starts, at North Bank Park in the Arena District.

Athletes will find 18 water stations along the 26.2 mile course to stay hydrated and healthy during the event.

The 1/2 marathon follows the same route, but athletes turn onto Long St. at about Mile 12.5 to return to North Bank Park.

To see specific directions and learn more about elevation changes, consult the Columbus Marathon course map for a bird’s eye view of the route.

COURSE VIDEOS: Athletes and fans cans see the course and feel the race experience with our video overviews of the full marathon and 1/2 marathon. In just a few short minutes, athletes will have a much better sense of just how fast and fun our race can be.

Have additional questions about this year’s course? Let us know in the comments below, or share with us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll be sure to get them answered!





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