26 Tips in 26 Days: Tip #17 — Drop off your gear to gear check before the race

Tip #17As 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 2017 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 McConnell Blvd. (southwest corner of McFerson Park). 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.

 

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26 Tips in 26 Days: Tip #16 — Get to the start on time

Tip #16As 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 2017 experience, this tip is a simple one:

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 2017 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 (offers 365 bicycles at 46 stations and have several bike stations within walking distance of the start/finish), taxis or Uber and Lyft 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 partnering with CoGo Bike Share on 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

For specific directions to get to the start line and parked on Race Day, check out this web page.

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.

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!

 

 

2017 Spirit Award Winners: Emily McCune and Jeff Maynard

Each year, we honor ten people in our field or 18,000 who have overcome enormous obstacles and have inspired many while they train for and participate in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon. Over the next couple weeks before the big event on Oct. 15, we will be sharing two of these stories at a time.

Today’s Spirit Award winners live right here in Central Ohio. These stories are sure to inspire you to keep pushing through your final days of training AND race day.

Emily McCune, Dublin, OH

Emily McCune 2

Emily and her husband Brandon lived through the pain of losing a child not once, but twice, when they lost their sons Jack and Holden, each at 31 weeks of pregnancy. Emily champions their memory by sharing her story with a raw, heartbreaking honesty.  Her transparency and strength are pillars of hope to all who know her and her story.  Last year, Emily pledged to run this marathon in honor of her boys.  She has trained tirelessly to prove to herself that in their memory, she can overcome any feat she used to think insurmountable.

Jeff Maynard, Delaware, OH

Jeff Maynard 1Jeff Maynard is running his first marathon with his daughter Hannah and participates in several volunteer programs at Marion Correctional Institution, one of which is a running club.  On September 9, MCI hosted its own marathon and half-marathon inside the prison, which Jeff and other volunteers participated in.  MCI’s residents decided that they wanted to use the run to give back to their community.  Jeff  worked with both MCI’s administration and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Charities to make this a reality and solicit donations from our community, which will be given to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  MCI’s residents were extremely excited for the opportunity to help provide financial assistance to the care and recovery of the hospital’s patients and their families and ran hard in appreciation for the donations.  This is a true measure of how love can transform the world.

Thank you, Emily and Jeff, for being an inspiration to us all! We look forward to seeing you at the start line on Oct. 15!

26 Tips in 26 Days: Tip #15 — Engage with the online Race experience

Tip #15As 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 2017 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 Thursday, 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 — Prep for post race recovery

Tip #14As 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 2017 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 — Finding medical help during the race

Tip #13As 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 our 38 years, we’ve learned that no matter how hard you train, injuries occur. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon team has 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 appears 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 kids for the Highlights Kids’ Run

Tip #12Each year hundreds of youngsters take part in the Highlights Kids’ Run. This year’s run is Saturday, Oct. 14. The cost is $10 per child, with each participant receiving a medal, a hat and post-race refreshments.  A race bib will be given to each participant that can be redeemed for a free ticket to see Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival at Nationwide Arena to one of the following shows: Wednesday, Jan. 24, Thursday, Jan. 25, Friday, Jan. 26 at 7 pm; and Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11 am.

NEW this year, the race takes place in the Arena District Downtown at McFerson Commons. This park is in the heart of the official Marathon & ½ Marathon Start/Finish area near the intersection of Spring Street and McConnell Boulevard.

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.

Parents or guardians, click here to register your youngsters online until Wednesday, Oct. 11. 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. 13 – 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, Battelle Grand Ballroom, in Downtown Columbus.

Or –

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 – Register and pick up packets at the Highlights Kids’ Run tent at McFerson Commons, near the intersection of Spring Street and McConnell Boulevard, Columbus, 43215.

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

 

26 Tips in 26 Days: Tip #11 — Gather inspiration from our Spirit Award winners

Tip #11As 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 and have inspired others along the way. These people have been given the title of Spirit Award winners and will be recognized at a VIP reception and at the start line.

We will be releasing their stories on our blog each Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the  Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. You can view the first two Spirit Award winners’ blogs here:

Three more inspiring Spirit Award winner blogs will be posted Oct. 3, Oct. 5 and Oct. 10. Please check back to read their stories and get more inspiration!

Have any inspiring stories of your own? Feel free to post in the comments below!

2017 Spirit Award Winners: Jeremy Cole and Meredith Lineberry

Each year, we honor ten people in our field or 18,000 who have overcome enormous obstacles and have inspired many while they train for and participate in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon. Over the next couple weeks before the big event on Oct. 15, we will be sharing two of these stories at a time.

Today’s Spirit Award winners live right here in Central Ohio. These stories are sure to inspire you to keep pushing through your final days of training AND race day.

Jeremy Cole 1Jeremy Cole, Powell

Jeremy Cole lost his son Gavin to a brain tumor in 2014. After Gavin’s death, Jeremy raised money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and has spoken at many events about palliative care. Since Gavin’s death, the Coles have had two other children, with a third on the way. Every October the Cole family cheers on athletes at the Angel Mile while celebrating Gavin’s life. This year will be different. Instead of cheering, Jeremy is training and fundraising for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and will run past the Angel Mile as a tribute to Gavin.

Meredith Lineberry 1Meredith Lineberry, New Albany

Meredith is running the ½ marathon to help raise money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she was a patient for 21 years. When she was just 22-months-old, she was diagnosed with Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis (MPGN) Type 2, a condition that affects the kidneys and could result in kidney failure and the requirement of dialysis or a kidney transplant. Today, at age 24, Meredith is the healthiest she has ever been. She will be running to give back to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for the care she received.

Thank you, Jeremy and Meredith, for being an inspiration to us all! We look forward to seeing you at the start line on Oct. 15!

 

26 Tips in 26 Days: Tip #10 — Find race day fuel

Tip #10As 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 (Chocolate, Citrus and Raspberry flavors) at approximately miles 8 and 17. Please note the 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 while you run.

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!