Tip #17: Gear Check

Tip17GearCheck.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.

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.

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.

 

26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #16: Get to the start line on time!

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.

Runners are obsessed with time. We’re always looking for ways to shave minutes and seconds from our final result. To make the most of your 2016 experience, this tip is a simple one:

Tip #16: Get To The Start On Time:

To create a convenient race experience, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon will have a combined start and finish at North Bank Park. Celebration Village will also welcome athletes and their families at North Bank Park after athletes cross the finish line. This means parking, pre-race and post-race activities will all occur in and around one convenient area.

Parking Overview:

So where can you park at the 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon? There are more than 15,000 parking spaces in the Arena District, close to the combined Start & Finish Line. You can alleviate some stress on Race Day by purchasing your parking pass in advance online.

Parking Plans:
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 you to think of how long it takes to get into downtown Columbus from your home or where you are staying. Got that number? Now double it! 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.

Parking Help:

Carpooling cuts down on traffic and parking problems. Plus, it will save you money. You can also check out CoGo Bike Sharing (there are several bike stations within walking distance of the start/finish), taxis or Uber for an alternative to driving downtown.  Car2GO is another option to consider, although advance registration is required.

Tell your family and friends to ride their bikes to meet you at the Race! Yay Bikes will offer free, secure bike parking at the Start/Finish, and we also are promoting a self-guided bike tour of the course – for the route, click here.

Make sure you know about any road closings/construction that may get in your way of being in your corral by 7 a.m. Check out Paving the Way’s Website for the latest road construction information, including weekend work

Parking throughout the Course:

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon takes pride in allowing spectators to see several different parts of the course during the day. Here are parking options for various parts of the course

The Columbus Marathon cannot guarantee parking availability in any of these lots due to changing schedules and lack of ownership. These are suggested places to park in order to help out those wishing to watch the Columbus Marathon for the first time. Also, spectators and participants are responsible for any parking fee charged by those who own the lot.

DIRECTIONS TO START/FINISH PARKING

Please note:

  • Long St. will be closed between High St. to the East and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Spring St. will be closed from West St. to the East, and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Neil Ave. will be closed from Nationwide Blvd. on the North to the combined Start/Finish Line to the South.

Directions to Parking from the North:

  •  I-71 South to I-670 West
  • Exit at Third St. (on the Left)
  • Take Third St. to Chestnut St.
  • Right onto Chestnut St.
  • Choose a parking garage on Chestnut St.
  • (Alternately with this route)
  • Continue on Chestnut St. to High St.
  • Right onto High Street
  • Take High St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd.to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • I-71 South to I-670 West
  • Exit at Neil Ave.
  • Left onto Neil Ave.
  • Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • St. Rt. 315 South to I-670 East
  • Exit at Neil Ave.
  • Right onto Neil Ave.
  • Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

Directions to Parking from the South:

  • I-71 North to St. Rt. 315 North
  • St. Rt. 315 North to Long St.
  • Right onto Long St.
  • Long St. To Hocking St. (Police will direct)
  • Left onto Hocking St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Right onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • I-71 North (do not merge onto St. Rt. 315 North)
  • Exit at Fourth St.
  • Left onto Fourth St.
  • Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

Directions to Parking from the East:

  • I-70 West to Exit 101 B
  • Right onto Fourth St.
  • Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • I-670 West
  • Exit at Neil Ave.
  • Right onto Neil Ave.
  • Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

Directions to Parking from the West:

  • I-70 East to I-670 East.
  • I-670 East to Grandview Ave.
  • Right onto Grandview Ave.
  • Grandview Ave. to Dublin Rd.
  • Right onto Dublin Rd.
  • Stay on Dublin Rd. (becomes Long St.)
  • Long St. to Hocking St. (Police will direct)
  • Left onto Hocking St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Right onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • I-70 East to Exit for Fourth St.
  • Turn left onto Fourth St.
  • Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.
  • Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
  • Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

  • I-670 East to Neil Ave.
  • Right onto Neil Ave.
  • Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

 

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!

26 Tips in 26 Days.Tip #15: The Columbus Marathon Online Race Experience

Tip15OnlineExperience.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.

The 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is less than two weeks away. As athletes, volunteers, and spectators put final plans in place, we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to stay informed on the go.  Our race team has several different online ways to stay informed, get live race day updates, see photos, and ask questions.

  • TWITTER: The race team will monitor and live-tweet from @CbusMarathon – posting race updates, answering questions, and chatting with athletes and spectators. You can also use and follow the #CbusMarathon hashtag to share your race-day experiences and join in the excitement.
  • FACEBOOK: We’ll be on our Facebook page throughout the race posting behind-the-scenes photos and important updates. Be sure to “like” us to get the scoop!
  • INSTAGRAM: Follow @CbusMarathon on race day for live photos and videos of scenes from around the course, from both the Columbus Marathon social team and the athletes themselves. Want to share your race day photos with us? Just include the #cbusmarathon hashtag to your pics.
  • COLUMBUS MARATHON BLOG: We will update the blog from the Start and Finish Lines with videos, photos, announcements and more.
  • REAL TIME RACE TRACKING: Registration for Real-Time Race Tracking will be available for free starting Wednesday, Oct. 5 for participants, family and friends. You can get progress reports texted to your mobile phone, or you can have it posted directly to your Facebook or Twitter feeds. Participants in the race can have reports on their progress automatically tweeted, posted to Facebook and/or texted from five checkpoints (start, four miles, 13.1 miles, 20 miles and finish).
  • SNAPCHAT: Runners and spectators, get ready to Snap! The Columbus Marathon will have two Snapchat Filters in place on race day — one at the starting line and a second at the finish line and Celebration Village. Join in on the fun by using our filters and uploading to your story or sharing with friends.

Thousands of volunteers, medical personnel and safety officials will be along the course. If you have a question, simply walk up and connect with them in-person. If they don’t know the answer, they can find another race team member who can help.

This is one of the best days of the year for our race team, and we can’t wait to share updates and talk with you during the race.

Have any pre-race questions we can answer now? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #14: Post-Race Recovery

Tip14PostRaceRecovery.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.

Athletes spend months planning for the 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon.  How much time do you spend thinking about what happens after the race?

The most important thing we can do is make sure you have a safe journey.  That’s why today’s tips focus on the best steps for a successful post-race recovery.

Our Medical Director, Dr. Darrin Bright, has seen and personally experienced several long-distance runs. Here are his best bets to ensure that you keep feeling good after the runner’s high fades.

  • Continue walking through the finish chute and in Celebration Village for five to 10 minutes. During the race your legs needed a significant amount of blood flow to supply the exercising muscles with fuel.  If you stop suddenly or lay down, the blood will pool in your legs and your blood pressure will drop, resulting in possible fainting, lightheadedness or cramping.
  • Start re-rehydrating and resume eating.  Gatorade and water will be available at the Finish Line.  In addition to combating dehydration, Gatorade contains carbohydrates and electrolytes that are important to replenish following the race. It also is important to eat something as soon as you can. Research shows that muscle glycogen is replaced twice as rapidly in the first hour following the race.  There will be food high in carbohydrates in the Finish area, or pack your own in your Gear Check bag.
  • Try an ice bath.  Research shows that an ice bath after a race can help with DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) aka the “marathon shuffle.”  Fill the tub with cold water and pour in a 10-pound bag of ice.  Take the ice bath for 10 minutes.
  • Rest. You deserve it!  Take a nap later in the day.  Avoid running for the first seven to 10 days during your recovery.  This can help to prevent injury and ensure a safer return to running.
  • Ask For Help: There are medical professionals and volunteers across the 26.2-mile course during the race. If you have an injury that lasts for three or more days after the race, please consult a physician.  

If you have any questions, please let us know in the comment section, or ask us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #13: How to find medical help during the race.

Tip13MedicalHelp.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.

With the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon just around the corner, stretching, staying hydrated and conserving strength are some of the most important things runners and walkers can do to prevent injuries.

Over three decades, we’ve learned that no matter how hard you train, injuries occur. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon team includes more than 200 medical professionals working and volunteering on race day to ensure the health and safety of our participants, spectators and volunteers.

Here’s where you can find medical assistance during this year’s race:

  • Medical Tents: Certified medical personnel are located in the Start/Finish areas and at four locations along the race course to assist athletes. In the event an athlete is unable to continue, report to one of these tents or the nearest water stop for assistance. Red Cross sweep vehicles will pick up disabled athletes for transport to the Finish Line. The medical staff has the right to withdraw any athletes from the race who appear in distress or at risk.
  • Minor Aid: Minor medical aid (i.e. band-aids or Vaseline) can be found at each fluid station.
  • EMS: In addition to medical tents, there will also be several, easily identifiable EMS units stationed at key intersections throughout the course.
  • American Red Cross first responder teams & support vehicles: American Red Cross first responder teams will be positioned throughout the course. These teams are mobile and will be easily identifiable by Red Cross signs. Red Cross vehicles will also follow athletes and be available to provide help, support or a ride to the Finish Line, if necessary.
  • Medical information: Please fill out the medical information on the back of your bib number. It only takes a few minutes. This information could save your life!
  • See Something, Say Something: Our participants are always on the lookout for each other and have flagged down medics for a fellow athlete who is struggling. Taking part in this race is important; being there for others in a time of need is important, too.

If you find yourself in distress during the race or see another runner who needs assistance, please be sure to notify race personnel or a member of our medical team. The best race is a safe race. Don’t hesitate to ask for help for you or someone you see on the course.

 If you have any questions or concerns about getting injured along the course, let us know in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #12: Register your child for the Highlight’s Kids’ Run.

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.

Chances are there is a child in your life who is thrilled to see you travel 13.1 or 26.2 miles. Today’s tip gives that little one a chance to show his or her excitement and expend some of that youthful energy in a healthy and fun way.

Tip 12:  Highlights Kids’ Run

Each year hundreds of youngsters take part in the Highlights Kids’ Run! This year’s run is Saturday, Oct. 15. The cost is $10 per child, with each participant receiving a medal, a hat, a race number that can be redeemed to see one of the final shows for Ringling Bros. Out of This World at the Schottenstein Center and post-race refreshments!  Plus, parking is FREE.

Events range from the “Diaper Dash” for wee ones, up to .80 mile run for older kids, with a variety of distances for other ages in between. Just like the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, the Highlights Kids’ Run will begin and end at North Bank Park. It will give children a chance to cross the same official Start and Finish Line used on Race Day. Before the races, there is a Kids’ Run Expo featuring family-friendly organizations, activities, sports teams and demonstrations.

It’s easy for kids of any age to get involved. Race opportunities include:

  • The diaper dash (ages one to three) will be 60 yards;
  • Four to five-year-olds will run .15 miles;
  • Six to eight-year-olds will run .35 miles;
  • Nine to 11-year-olds will run .80 miles.
  • Additionally, there will be a wheelchair division.

Parents or guardians, click here to register your youngsters online until Sunday, Oct. 9, You also can register them in person, as well as pick up registration packets, at either of the following:

Noon to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14 – Register and pick up race packets at the Highlights Kids’ Run booth at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1⁄2 Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at the Greater Columbus Convention Center

Or –

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 – Register and pick up packets at the Highlights Kids’ Run tent at North Bank Park (intersection of Neil Avenue and Long Street in the Arena District, Downtown Columbus, 43215).

Remember, Kids’ Run races begin at 12:30 p.m.

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!

26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #11: Gather Inspiration from Our Spirit Award Winners

Tip11SpiritAwardWinners.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.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will spotlight 10 runners and walkers out of a field of 18,000 who have overcome enormous obstacles to train for and participate in the marathon or ½ marathon. These people have been given the title of Spirit Award winners and will be recognized at a VIP reception and at the start line. Following are their stories – we hope you are as inspired as we are by them!

Chrissie Lukuch Antonoplos, Blacklick, Ohio

chrissie-3Chrissie is celebrating the 13.1-year anniversary of having open-heart surgery from a congenital heart defect by competing in her first 1/2 marathon.  A long supporter of heart warriors and their families, Chrissie is a champion of the Beads of Courage program (an arts-in-medicine supportive care program for children coping with serious illness), volunteers with the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and is using her talents as a cupcake artist to raise money as a Children’s Champion.  Never considering herself a victim, Chrissie is always looking for ways to support others and does so with a huge smile on her face (and often a cupcake in her hands).

Richard Dickerman, Churubusco, Indiana

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Two years ago, Richard “Dick” Dickerman was 80+ lbs. heavier and ran a 13:40 minute mile.  Following his participation in Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner program (a 12-week program where 25 people have an opportunity to change their lifestyle through professional training and expert nutritional assistance), Dick lost 57 lbs. and participated in his first 10K in 1:15.  Today, Dick can run a mile in 7:25 minutes. Along with the pounds, he shed his introverted and self-conscious self and is now confidently participating in his first marathon at age 60.  Anyone who can transform themselves inside and out like Dick has deserves to be recognized.

 

Jeff Dodge, Marysville, Ohio 

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In 2015 a health scare caused Jeff to take charge of his health for himself and his family.  By changing his diet and adding exercise to his life—first walking, then biking and then running.  Jeff used running as his vessel to a healthier version of himself and participated in his first 10K this past June.  He will participate in his first full marathon on Oct. 16—healthy, happy and determined.

 

 

Laura Fitzpatrick, Columbus, Ohio

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Laura is running this year in memory of her son Judah.  Judah was a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital who suffered from cancer and passed away last September at 26 months of age.  Last year, Laura cheered on the runners at the Angel Mile (mile #11 of the course) in honor of Judah.  This year, she will run her first marathon with each mile representing the precious months Judah was alive.

 

 

Susan Hardt, Mars, Pennsylvania

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Susan has suffered from osteoarthritis for more than 30 years and three years ago was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, which led to a hip replacement surgery.  Known for always pushing her limits, Susan would not let any of her physical limitations interrupt her passion for running.  Susan is running this year’s 1/2 marathon with her new hip and proving that nothing will get in her way of doing what she loves.

 

Rachel Mathewson, Bluffton, OH

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Rachel is no stranger to running but her training came to a halt a few years ago when, after escaping an abusive relationship, she found herself raising her young daughter alone, and put her running aside. Frustrated by her health and weight gain, she laced up her running shoes in January of this year and lost 50 lbs. and became the much-loved long distance coach of the Lima Striders (a local community youth track and field team).  She is a hands-on coach who encourages and motivates.  Rachel lives to run and spreads that joy to children!

Stephanie Orwick, Randolph, Ohio

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A rapid weight gain of 50 lbs. and severe exhaustion in 2012 led to a diagnosis of a pituitary gland tumor near Stephanie’s brain.  The tumor produced high levels of hormones and impaired her health.  Stephanie began treatment and used running as her main form of exercise to lose the weight gain caused by the tumor.  While preparing to run in her second 1/2 marathon this spring, doctors discovered that one of her hormone levels was dangerously low before the race and suggested she might not be able to participate.  Not one to ever give up, Stephanie received a hormone injection the evening before; and the morning of the race she was given the green light to run.  Through running and her dedication, Stephanie inspires others and raises awareness about pituitary adenomas.

Kathy Peterson, Ashtabula, Ohio

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Kathy is a smart, funny and legally blind champion who ran her first 1/2 marathon this spring.  Each September, she hosts a local race to raise money for The Race to Cure Blindness, a fundraising program where participants utilize a marathon, triathlon, bike race, or other racing event as a platform to raise money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Kathy is participating in her first full marathon .

David Tischler. Clyde, Ohio

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Dave was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis or AS (a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine) when he was in high school.  Three years ago, Dave’s health was also plagued with high blood pressure and cholesterol, along with being insulin dependent and overweight.  Since then, Dave lost 50 lbs. and no longer needs insulin.  He ran his first 1/2 marathon in December of 2015 and will run in the full marathon in Columbus.  Dave is committed to sharing how people with AS can run and be healthy.

Nathan Wintringer, Orchard Park, New York

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Nathan is the father of Ella, a miracle mile patient, and husband to Jamie.  Jamie is an avid runner who runs to raise awareness for her daughter’s medical condition and gives Ella her medals to award her for her bravery, strength and resilience.  This year, Jamie is unable to run because of recent ankle reconstruction surgery.  This is where Spirit Award winner, Nathan comes in.  Nathan, who admits to not especially enjoying, running, will participate in this year’s full marathon for his daughter and wife.  Training injuries aside, Nathan is determined to cross the finish line and put his medal on his daughter, Ella.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #10: Find Race Day Fuel.

Tip10RaceDayFuel.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.

Staying hydrated might be the most important thing an athlete can do during a marathon and ½ marathon.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon wants to make sure all athletes know where and when they can fuel up during the race.

There are 18 Fluid Stations along the course, supplying Gatorade Lemon Lime Endurance Formula® at the first set of tables and non-carbonated water at the second set of tables. We will also feature CLIF SHOTS (Mocha, Raspberry, Citrus and Vanilla) flavors at approximately miles 8 and 17. Please note the Mocha and Citrus CLIF SHOTS contain caffeine.

Everything needed for a successful race is available from official fluid or medical stations. If you need something specific, you should carry it with you.

Each station will also have several porta-potties not too far from the tables if you need to make a pit stop. Here is the full map and ½ map with the Fluid & Gel Stations listed. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below!

 

 

26 Tips in 26 Days. Tip #9: Get Excited At The Start Line

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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.

A good start can propel an athlete to a personal best, qualify a runner for the Boston Marathon or help a first time competitor believe they can make it 13.1 or 26. 2 miles.  The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon wants the start of the race to be more than a countdown. It should be a celebration of the running community, energizing and just plain fun.

Our start line is a party that just happens to start at 7:30 a.m.  After getting to North Bank Park, checking in any gear and finding your start corral, the marathon team put together a series of events to make the start a memorable one:

  • There’s upbeat music to help you feel good about the journey ahead. And of course, we will get you pumped up right at the start of the Race with our “signature song” – AC/DC’s Thunderstruck
  • Leaders from across the city are on hand to wish you well.
  • Thousands of spectators line the start of the race, with news crews and helicopters there to capture the energy.
  • We may have gone over budget on the fireworks, but it’s worth it.

The start is also staggered. This way, athletes can more quickly find their pace and deal with less foot traffic in the first few miles of the race.

Race Day is months in the making. We want to make sure you get off to the best start possible both physically and mentally. Have fun; enjoy the moment, and we look forward to seeing you at the Finish Line.

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.

 

 

26 Tips for 26 Days. Tip #8: Taste and Tour Columbus

Tip8TasteAndTour.pngAs we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’re sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” 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.

Columbus continues to earn national recognition as a growing hub of food and fun. As the nation’s 15th largest city, finding food, entertainment and shopping shouldn’t be a problem. For those visiting our city for the first time, here are some ideas to make the most of all the options around town race weekend.

Dining

Dine Originals Columbus is a collection of more than 35 locally and independently owned and operated restaurants that help define Columbus and make it a memorable city. Here’s a link to Dine Originals restaurants in Columbus – have fun loading up on carbs!

Getting Around

No car. No problem.  Getting around town is easy.

  • Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), 614-228-1776. Normal one-way bus fare is $2, express fare is $2.75. Kids under 48 inches tall are free with adults (limit 3) and taller kids up to age 12 are only $1 one-way. Additionally, the new CBUS runs a continuous loop from the Brewery District to the Short North for free. NOTE: buses to the start area aren’t operating early on Race Day, so you will need to make other plans to get to the start line on time.
  • CoGo Bike Share offers 300 bicycles at 30 stations. CoGo is fun, easy, affordable and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Car2Go – More than 250 Smart Cars are available in Columbus with a Car2Go membership. Members open the car with their member card and can easily go from A to B, park their car2go again and that’s that. It’s fun, saves money and helps the environment.
  • Tell your family and friends to ride their bikes to meet you at the Race! Yay Bikes will offer free, secure bike parking at the Start/Finish, and we also are promoting a self-guided bike tour of the course.
  • Yellow Taxi, 614-444-4444. The average fare from Port Columbus International Airport to downtown is $22. Uber is also around town.
  • Cars of all types are available to rent in every corner of the city. Check with Thrifty, Dollar and Enterprise.

Things to Do and See

For the thousands of you who are from outside of Columbus, make sure to check out Experience Columbus to see all the great attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, museum and just general fun options available in Columbus.

And for those of you who want to take a closer look at some of the great communities the race course goes through and landmarks it passes by, check out the following:

Will you be exploring Columbus while you’re in town for this year’s race? If so, where are you headed? Let us know in the comments, or share on Facebook and Twitter!