- 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
- Event Website
I loved every single part of this race. The start line is all high energy and fireworks. I paced with a friend for the first half, and crowd support was amazing. Each mile represents a kid that has spent some time at Nationwide Children's and it really is inspiring. I could not hold back tears for the mile 11 Angel Mile for all the kids that didn't make it.
Once the half splits off, it gets pretty lonely running through the Short North up to campus. There is a pretty decent hill around mile 16-17, then the "corny field" is hilarious. Once you pop back out into the neighborhoods of Upper Arlington, there is a TON of crowd support again and it gets a little shady (thank God because it was HOT). The Grandview Yard was the worst kind of pain doing an out and back section of a boulevard on bricks. Once you leave there its headed back downtown with lots more spectators.
The medals are heavy, I had to make my dad carry it for me. The PR gong was a nice touch. Bob Evans served pancakes and sausage afterwards. They had a tent set up for purchasing finishers gear which I had to have of course. I live locally, and traffic was heavy, so my husband actually got to a certain point and just dropped me off to walk to the start probably a mile away. They went and stood at mile 2 since the half comes back up that same point around mile 7 so I could see them 2x before they drove up to campus and back downtown again.
Plenty of water stops, great crowd support, great volunteers, miles 13-17 feel like no man's land, but then its great again. Finisher area to meet up with families was also great with lots of tents and a band. Love Love 100000% recommend.