26 Tips for 26 Days. Tip #8: Taste and Tour Columbus

Tip8TasteAndTour.pngAs 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.

Columbus continues to earn national recognition as a growing hub of food and fun. As the nation’s 15th largest city, finding food, entertainment and shopping shouldn’t be a problem. For those visiting our city for the first time, here are some ideas to make the most of all the options around town race weekend.


Dine Originals Columbus is a collection of more than 35 locally and independently owned and operated restaurants that help define Columbus and make it a memorable city. Here’s a link to Dine Originals restaurants in Columbus – have fun loading up on carbs!

Getting Around

No car. No problem.  Getting around town is easy.

  • Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), 614-228-1776. Normal one-way bus fare is $2, express fare is $2.75. Kids under 48 inches tall are free with adults (limit 3) and taller kids up to age 12 are only $1 one-way. Additionally, the new CBUS runs a continuous loop from the Brewery District to the Short North for free. NOTE: buses to the start area aren’t operating early on Race Day, so you will need to make other plans to get to the start line on time.
  • CoGo Bike Share offers 300 bicycles at 30 stations. CoGo is fun, easy, affordable and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Car2Go – More than 250 Smart Cars are available in Columbus with a Car2Go membership. Members open the car with their member card and can easily go from A to B, park their car2go again and that’s that. It’s fun, saves money and helps the environment.
  • 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, and we also are promoting a self-guided bike tour of the course.
  • Yellow Taxi, 614-444-4444. The average fare from Port Columbus International Airport to downtown is $22. Uber is also around town.
  • Cars of all types are available to rent in every corner of the city. Check with Thrifty, Dollar and Enterprise.

Things to Do and See

For the thousands of you who are from outside of Columbus, make sure to check out Experience Columbus to see all the great attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, museum and just general fun options available in Columbus.

And for those of you who want to take a closer look at some of the great communities the race course goes through and landmarks it passes by, check out the following:

Will you be exploring Columbus while you’re in town for this year’s race? If so, where are you headed? Let us know in the comments, or share on Facebook and Twitter!





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