This post is written by Sandi Combs, Marketing Coordinator for Experience Columbus. You can follow Sandi on Twitter @Sandi_ExpCols .

Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon

It may be too late to register for the 2011 Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon , but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the festivities Sunday, Oct. 16. Cheering on a runner? Or simply want to check out the action? Read on.

One of the first things you’ll want to decide is where along the course you want to be. Hang out by Schiller Park and enjoy the German Village Neighborhood Party, enjoy the boutiques and eateries in the Short North or head over to Grandview Avenue – the mile point where runners need encouragement most. Here’s the scoop on more places to watch.

Cheering on the participants isn’t the only entertainment available. More than 100 bands, DJs and radio stations will be stationed along the course. Kick things off with the Danger Brothers at the start line (the race starts at 7 a.m.), welcome the runners to the finish line with DJ Matt Lewis, or check out one of the other entertainment locations along the way. There’s plenty to choose from.

Want to do more than just cheer and celebrate from the sidelines? Why not volunteer at the marathon? According to the website, they’re still looking for course marshals. Check out the opportunities here .

After all the excitement, you’ll no doubt be hungry (and so will your participant!). Lucky for you, the Arena District (where the race ends) has more than a dozen places to grab a bite to eat, and your runner won’t have to walk far. Get more information here .

No matter how you spend your day, it’s going to be a fantastic one. The thrill of race day is unlike anything else!

Columbus Marathon veterans: share your tips for places to watch and things to do below!