Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon is one of USA’s premiere marathon and half-marathon road race events, according to both race organizers and many past participants. The event held in Columbus, Ohio, USA, will have the capacity of 6,000 marathoners and 11,000 half marathoners. According to Running USA, the Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon is consistently one of the 25 largest marathons in the United States.
Men: 7:30 a.m
Women: 7:30 a.m
The entry fees is $75 for the marathon if registered earlier. To participate in Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon you can register in the official website.
Course / Route Map
The course is fast and flat. Marathon runners and walkers will be running through Ohio Stadium! Participants will take the same entrance to the field as The Ohio State Buckeyes’ football team – through the ‘home tunnel,’ then they will travel along the south end of the field, and exit through the opposing team ramp. After the 1/2 Marathoners split off at High Street/Nationwide Boulevard, the Marathoners will continue north on High Street to Lane Avenue.
After exiting the stadium, participants will travel along the west side of Ohio Stadium on Cannon Drive, reconnect with Woody Hayes Drive, and head west toward Upper Arlington. This will create an area where participants pass one another in opposite directions on Woody Hayes Drive.
Route changes through two historic Columbus neighborhoods — Olde Town East and Harrison West. These areas have been part of the course for years, but now the route will travel along 18th Street in Olde Town East, and 3rd Avenue in Harrison West.
>> A trek past Nationwide Children’s Hospital — the most exciting change of all — will make for an electric atmosphere for participants.
Race Profile / Elevation Map
The course is relatively flat and there is only about 100 ft. of difference in elevation throughout the 26 mile course.
Time Limits & Cutoffs
The Marathon course closes in 7 hours. If runners are unable to maintain a 16-minute-per-mile pace in the Marathon past Mile 13, they shall be diverted to the finish line and awarded a 1/2 Marathon medal and finishing time.
Men: 2:19:03 (2012)
Women: 2:41:53 (2011)
Prize Money & Awards
$5,000 is the top prize for the marathon.
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
All finishers get a finisher’s medal.
Water Stops & Refreshments
There are 20 fluid stations on the course. The stations will offer Gatorade Lemon Lime Endurance Formula and water.
Expected Race Day Weather
The weather is perfect marathon running or walking weather, with an average temperature at start of 42°F and 58°F.