- 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
- Event Website
I was really excited to run this race, being born and bread in Columbus, OH I was really excited to run through my hometown. The race course is a great tour of the city. You run through all the good neighborhoods including Downtown, Bexley, High St, OSU Stadium (the Horseshoe!) and then finishing up in UA and Vicotrian village.
The expo is great, one of my favorite parts was that they had GoodWill there to sell throw away clothes. They also have a big emphasis on the fact that this benefits Nationwide Children's, each mile is dedicated to a child who has been treated or is being treated at the Children's hospital.
The race is great, mostly flat (it's Ohio) and a great tour of the city. There are people cheering throughout. The start is downtown and along the river, which is beautiful as dawn breaks. Towards the end, you run through Victorian Village which has some brick roads so prepare for that.There are some tighter areas but for the most part you are using 2-4 lanes roads for running.
The finish area is pretty crowded but be sure to go hit the PR gong if you ran to a new personal record! Getting out of the parking lots at the end can be tricky. I was able to park in one of the lots and get out pretty easy but my father had parked in a garage and was stuck there for an hour+. Make sure to look at the pedestrian areas when you are looking for parking and try to stay out of the middle of the Arena District.