26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #3: Become A Children’s Champion


As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’re sharing “26 Tips in 26 Days” 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.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is proud to be part of a community much larger than the 18,000 athletes, 3,000 volunteers and 100,000 spectators who participate every year. We believe our race is the most meaningful marathon in the country.

That’s because of our partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. For the fifth year in a row, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is honored to be the title beneficiary for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon.

Tip #3: Become a Children’s Champion!

Since 2012, more than $4.5 million has been raised to help support the life-saving work of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. You can meet the 2016 Columbus Marathon Patient Champions or watch this short video to see just how much these boys and girls impact the race. Everyone involved in the 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon has a chance to race for children in need here in central Ohio and across the entire country.

On the course, every mile is dedicated to a Patient Champion, including 24 individuals who have shared their story to inspire you, one Angel Mile to honor the children who have already run their race, and one Encore Mile featuring all the patients who have lined the course since 2012.

There is no minimum fundraising requirement to become a Children’s Champion. Instead, you can earn a variety of race-weekend benefits based on the amount that you raise! From private gear check and bathrooms to custom medal engraving and VIP Tent Access, you will look and feel like a true Children’s Champion!  Register Now.

We are accepting Children’s Champions through Race Day. Visit the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Children’s Champions website to get started. Once you’re there, you can sign up as an individual, create a team or join an existing team, plus help recruit additional Children’s Champions and raise money for the hospital. Here’s how to sign up:

  1. Go to “Join Children’s Champions
  2. Once your page has been created, you can begin to spread the word about it, recruit team members or ask for donations

Become a Children’s Champion and race for the kids who can’t.

Have additional questions? 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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