26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #16: Get to the start line on time!

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.

Runners are obsessed with time. We’re always looking for ways to shave minutes and seconds from our final result. To make the most of your 2016 experience, this tip is a simple one:

Tip #16: Get To The Start On Time:

To create a convenient race experience, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon will have a combined start and finish at North Bank Park. Celebration Village will also welcome athletes and their families at North Bank Park after athletes cross the finish line. This means parking, pre-race and post-race activities will all occur in and around one convenient area.

Parking Overview:

So where can you park at the 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon? There are more than 15,000 parking spaces in the Arena District, close to the combined Start & Finish Line. You can alleviate some stress on Race Day by purchasing your parking pass in advance online.

Parking Plans:
Please make plans prior to race day to get downtown and into your parking spot well before the Race starts at 7:30 a.m. The Corrals open at 6 a.m., so plan accordingly.
We encourage you to think of how long it takes to get into downtown Columbus from your home or where you are staying. Got that number? Now double it! With 18,000 athletes making their way to the Start Line at the same time, you’ll need extra time to get where you want to be.

Parking Help:

Carpooling cuts down on traffic and parking problems. Plus, it will save you money. You can also check out CoGo Bike Sharing (there are several bike stations within walking distance of the start/finish), taxis or Uber for an alternative to driving downtown.  Car2GO is another option to consider, although advance registration is required.

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 – for the route, click here.

Make sure you know about any road closings/construction that may get in your way of being in your corral by 7 a.m. Check out Paving the Way’s Website for the latest road construction information, including weekend work

Parking throughout the Course:

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon takes pride in allowing spectators to see several different parts of the course during the day. Here are parking options for various parts of the course

The Columbus Marathon cannot guarantee parking availability in any of these lots due to changing schedules and lack of ownership. These are suggested places to park in order to help out those wishing to watch the Columbus Marathon for the first time. Also, spectators and participants are responsible for any parking fee charged by those who own the lot.

DIRECTIONS TO START/FINISH PARKING

Please note:

  • Long St. will be closed between High St. to the East and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Spring St. will be closed from West St. to the East, and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Neil Ave. will be closed from Nationwide Blvd. on the North to the combined Start/Finish Line to the South.

Directions to Parking from the North:

  •  I-71 South to I-670 West
  • Exit at Third St. (on the Left)
  • Take Third St. to Chestnut St.
  • Right onto Chestnut St.
  • Choose a parking garage on Chestnut St.
  • (Alternately with this route)
  • Continue on Chestnut St. to High St.
  • Right onto High Street
  • Take High St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd.to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • I-71 South to I-670 West
  • Exit at Neil Ave.
  • Left onto Neil Ave.
  • Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • St. Rt. 315 South to I-670 East
  • Exit at Neil Ave.
  • Right onto Neil Ave.
  • Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

Directions to Parking from the South:

  • I-71 North to St. Rt. 315 North
  • St. Rt. 315 North to Long St.
  • Right onto Long St.
  • Long St. To Hocking St. (Police will direct)
  • Left onto Hocking St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Right onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • I-71 North (do not merge onto St. Rt. 315 North)
  • Exit at Fourth St.
  • Left onto Fourth St.
  • Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

Directions to Parking from the East:

  • I-70 West to Exit 101 B
  • Right onto Fourth St.
  • Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • I-670 West
  • Exit at Neil Ave.
  • Right onto Neil Ave.
  • Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

Directions to Parking from the West:

  • I-70 East to I-670 East.
  • I-670 East to Grandview Ave.
  • Right onto Grandview Ave.
  • Grandview Ave. to Dublin Rd.
  • Right onto Dublin Rd.
  • Stay on Dublin Rd. (becomes Long St.)
  • Long St. to Hocking St. (Police will direct)
  • Left onto Hocking St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Right onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • I-70 East to Exit for Fourth St.
  • Turn left onto Fourth St.
  • Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • I-670 East to Neil Ave.
  • Right onto Neil Ave.
  • Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

 

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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