26 Tips in 26 Days! Tip #21: Join a pace team.

Tip21JoinAPaceTeam.pngAs we are just a little more than three weeks out from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon, 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.

Athletes spend months training in early morning hours, often running alone or with a small group of people.  On Race Day, there’s no reason to be alone, not with 18,000 other athletes, 3,000 volunteers and more than 100,000 spectators.

Join a Pace Team:

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon offers free pacing from expert pacers with the Clif Bar Pace Team and the New Albany Walking Club. This team of athletes provides fun and excitement for both first-time and experienced marathoners looking to reach their goals — whether that’s a personal best, or just getting across the finish line.

  • Our friends at Clif Bar have an elite team of pace leaders to help every athlete.
  • The New Albany Walking Club have experienced pace leaders for walkers.

The Clif Bar Pace Team is a group of experienced athletes who help set the pace at marathons and ½ marathons nationwide. Part coach, part friend, and part mentor, these are expert long distance runners who set a steady pace while offering encouragement and advice. The Pace Team Leader is capable of finishing the event anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes faster, so they can devote their extra energy to assisting their team. The leaders also have completed multiple marathons and can share their expertise with you.

The New Albany Walking Club provides assistance to people of all ages for races of various distances.

Don’t go it alone on Race Day. For more information on the Clif Bar Pace Team and their pacing times, click here or visit their booth at the Expo. You can also download a pace chart to your computer.

We also want to remind everyone you can set a great pace before the race ever begins. 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 everyone to double the time it normally takes them to get downtown. 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.

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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