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 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon listens to and appreciates feedback from athletes and spectators. That’s why we take great pride in making sure you get off to a great start Race Day.
An efficient gear check makes sure you can focus on the journey ahead. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. The corrals open up at 6:00 a.m. With more than 15,000 parking spots near North Bank Park, you should be able to get from your car to the start quickly. We always recommend taking your commute time downtown and doubling it to deal with traffic.
Participants can drop off and pick up their gear in the same location – at the Gear Check Tent at the corner of Spring Street and West Street. It’s convenient and easy if you follow a few simple rules that help optimize the safety of athletes and spectators.
- We will only accept the clear Gear Check Bags you receive at the Health & Fitness Expo during your packet pick-up.
- All items you wish to check must be in these bags.
- We will not accept any other bags, boxes, luggage, etc. No exceptions.
All items being carried at or near the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon are subject to inspection.