26 Tips in 26 Days! Tip #24: Proper packet pickup at the Expo.

Tip24PacketPickup.pngAs 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.

To ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable race experience, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon created specific rules for packet pickup.

Pickup Overview:

There will be NO Race Day packet pickup; all race packets must be picked up during Expo hours. If you cannot pick up your race packet, you can have someone pick it up for you — but that person must have a copy of your ID, as well as their own picture ID.

Pick up your 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon participant bib, T-shirt, bib tag timing device, runner “goodie” bag and clear, gear check bag at the Health & Fitness Expo in Hall E at the north end of the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Expo hours are Friday, Oct. 14, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Make sure you have your photo ID.  NO ID, NO NUMBER.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

(Note: Athletes will receive the race t-shirt corresponding to the event in which they are entered, i.e., someone registered for the full marathon will receive a full marathon t-shirt, even if they signed up for the full marathon but only intend to complete the ½ Marathon. Again, there are no exceptions.)

What If Friends or Family Want To Pick Up Your Number For You?

As noted above, make sure they have a copy of your photo ID, as well as their own picture ID. They should first check in at the booth located just outside of the expo hall, “Picking Up For Others? Start Here,” for an approval stamp.

While friends or family members are permitted to pick up race numbers for registered participants, they are NOT permitted to run or walk the race using another person’s number.

To help them get through the “Picking Up For Others? Start Here” line faster, click here, print this form, fill it out ahead of time and give to the person picking up your number. They must still visit the “Picking Up For Others? Start Here” table, but only for the ID check and an approval stamp!

Is there Race Day Packet Pickup?

No.

Can Registration Packets Be Mailed In Advance?

No

How Do I Get To The Expo?

From I-70 from the East (Wheeling)

  •     Take I-70 West to the Mound Street Exit, turn right onto Fourth Street.
  •     Travel North on Fourth Street to Goodale Blvd.
  •     Turn Left onto Goodale Boulevard and Right into the Goodale Parking Garage

From I-71 from the North (Cleveland)

  •     Take I-71 South
  •     Travel West on I-670 “109-A”
  •     Take Exit “4-B” to the Greater Columbus Convention Center

Or

  •     Take I-71 South to the Spring Street Exit
  •     Travel West on Spring Street to Fourth Street
  •     Head North on Fourth Street to Goodale Boulevard
  •     Turn Left onto Goodale Boulevard and Right into the Goodale Parking Garage

From I-71 from the South (Cincinnati)

  •     Take I-71 North to I-70 East
  •     Travel on I-70 East to the Fourth Street Exit
  •     Head North on Fourth Street to Goodale Boulevard
  •     Turn Left onto Goodale Boulevard and Right into the Goodale Parking Garage

From I-70 from the West (Indianapolis)

  •     Take I-70 East to the Fourth Street Exit
  •     Head North on Fourth Street to Goodale Boulevard
  •     Turn Left onto Goodale Boulevard and Right into the Goodale Parking Garage

Expo parking will be available for a for FREE in the Goodale Parking Garage (on Goodale Blvd between High and Third Streets) OR for a $5 flat fee in the following garages (see link below for a map):

  • East Surface Lot (#1) – located west of 4th St. on Nationwide Blvd.
  • South Garage (#2) – located on Nationwide Blvd. east of the Hyatt Regency
  • Vine Street Garage (#3) – located at the corner of Front St. and Vine St.

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Current registrants can click here to double-check your registration.  Please ask any questions in the comment section below. You’re also welcome to connect with the marathon team on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

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