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The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon offers a spectator-friendly course for you and 100,000 of your closest friends. Here are several popular places to visit on Race Day and a unique way to help get around the 13.1 and 26.2-mile course.
Bleachers At The Start: Bleachers line the north side of Long Street at the start line and can hold hundreds of spectators. If you’ve never seen the start of the race in person, it’s well worth your time.
26 Miles of Patient Champions: 24 miles are represented by a patient at Nationwide Children’s, one is dedicated as an Angel Mile for the special children who have been taken too soon, and one is an “encore mile” for the Patient Champions from past years. These patients and their families will be along every mile of the course to cheer on participants and serve as a visual reminder of how the marathon is helping ill and injured children.
Broad Street Presbyterian Church (760 E. Broad Street): Starting at 7:15 a.m., BSPC will open its doors to all spectators to come inside for hot coffee and treats, restrooms, and warm conversation. Spectators can come and go as they please, and enjoy the hospitality center shortly before mile two. Broad Street Presbyterian Church also has a 160 spot parking lot that is free to the public. Go to bspc.org for more info.
Drexel and Main Streets in Bexley: A perfect place to take in the fall colors and amazing homes as the runners pass by. Fun fact: Bexley is home to more ice cream shops per capita than anywhere in Ohio.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will run past two sides of Nationwide Children’s Hospital on 18th St. and Livingston Ave. and there will be great viewing opportunities for spectators at the park at Livingston and Parsons Avenues. There will be four different bands, butterflies on stilts and 750+ signs to represent those Children Champions who have been raising money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Schiller Park: This German Village treasure is bordered by Reinhard, Jaeger and Deshler Streets. This is one of Columbus’s oldest and most scenic parks — you’ll enjoy walking from one side to the other to cheer on your athlete and take part in the German Village Neighborhood Party.
Short North Arts District on High Street: Between Nationwide Blvd. and Fifth Ave. — enjoy window shopping at the art galleries and boutique shops and have a cup of joe from one of the local coffee shops while you wait to see your athlete.
Grandview Yard: This is a new area of the course. Athletes will run by the new Nationwide building and weave through the streets of Grandview Heights. For those hitting a runner’s wall at this stage of the course, there will be bands, plenty of entertainment and a flat course to help athletes push through the finish.
Celebration Village: Spectators also can take our self-guided bicycle tour to several cheer spots along the course! We put together a route to follow on a bike that will let you visit key spots while not interfering with the race. Roll: bike shop will have a check-in spot to look over your bike, while YayBikes! will offer free, secure bike parking at the Start/Finish. Click here for more information.