Athletes from around Ohio, across the country and beyond will take to the streets of our city to participate in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, October 21.

Columbus Marathon - Oct. 21

Now in its 33rd year, the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon has grown to 18,000 participants who put in long hours training for this magical day. The Columbus Marathon is nationally recognized as one of the 20 largest marathons in the United States and is one of the top marathons to qualify runners for the Boston Marathon. This year the race has been re-named to highlight the beneficiary of the event - Nationwide Children's Hospital. The goal of the partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital is to engage the community while gaining corporate and participant support for the hospital's non-profit mission. The Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will match up to $100,000 in funds donated by participants to the hospital.

Several other charities also are affiliated with the event, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the National Hospice Foundation. The race route takes runners through several of our beloved suburbs and neighborhoods: Bexley, Old Towne East, German Village, the campus of The Ohio State University, Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington and Victorian Village, and ends in the Arena District. It literally is a 26.2-mile parade.! If you aren¹t registered to run, why not come and watch or volunteer? There is no training needed to encourage and help our athletes! Visit the Columbus Marathon¹s web site, www.columbusmarathon.com, and click on WATCH to see when runners will be in your area, where to watch and to see the full line up of bands, DJs and entertainment groups (more than 100 acts). Want to be more involved? The Marathon relies on 2,000 volunteers to help hand out t-shirts at the registration expo, keep runners safe as course marshals, give water along the course, distribute medals at the finish line and more. Information is available at www.columbusmarathon.com/volunteer. By volunteering or showing your support from the sidelines, your spirits will lift as you see the faces of inspired athletes running and walking through our city, and you'll be inspired by the many ways this event benefits our community.