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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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!