Each year we hold athlete exchanges with some of Columbus’ international sister cities that also have a marathon or half marathon. The longest such exchange has been with Dresden, Germany – this is our seventh year!
This year the Dresden Marathon and Half Marathon races are the same day as our races, Sunday, October 21, and five athletes will travel between each city to take part in the events.
As part of the exchange, the athletes stay with host families in the respective cities, receive free race entries and enjoy other perks, including – NEW THIS YEAR! – free Nike shoes and other items provided by our retail partner, Second Sole!
The Dresden trip dates are Thursday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 23, although the athletes chosen are welcome to go earlier and stay later on their own and incorporate additional travel.
Are you an athlete who would like to apply to be a Columbus Marathon Ambassador at the Dresden Marathon and Half Marathon? Visit www.dresdensistercity.org to read more about the exchange and apply online here by May 31. Want to host an athlete from Dresden? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three years ago we expanded our athlete exchange program to and Curitiba, Brazil, and Hefei, China.
Again in 2018, five athletes will get the chance to represent Columbus at the Hefei International Marathon, Sunday, November 11. The Hefei trip dates are Wednesday, November 7, through Monday, November 12. As with Dresden, athletes chosen are welcome to go earlier and stay later on their own and incorporate additional travel.
Notable regarding Hefei – the exchange will help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Columbus-Hefei Sister Cities partnership.
Another five athletes will take part in the Maratona Curitiba on Sunday, November 18. The Curitiba trip dates are Wednesday, November 14, through Monday, November 19.
As with the other visits, athletes may choose to include travel before or after the Curitiba exchange. And as with the Dresden partnership, efforts are under way to have athletes from Hefei and Curitiba take part in our race on October 21.
For information on becoming an ambassador for Columbus in China or Brazil, fill out the application found online here by May 31. Want to host an athlete from Hefei or Curitiba? Send a note to TSword@columbussistercities.org.