Overall Rating
Overall Rating (12 Reviews)
4.3
(12 Ratings)(12 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.3
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
3.9
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon featured a field of more than 15,000 participants in 2018 and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. More than $8 million has been raised for Nationwide Children’s Hospital since it became the title beneficiary of the event in 2012. … MORE
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    mregensb REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This was great race with awesome support. The Patient sponsors were super inspiring and gave the runners a great boost. Not my best performance. Columbus is a beautiful vibrant city … MORE

    This was great race with awesome support. The Patient sponsors were super inspiring and gave the runners a great boost. Not my best performance. Columbus is a beautiful vibrant city with great neighborhoods who support the race really well.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    johnmallonee FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first time running this race - the Half Marathon. I enthusiastically recommend it to others who are looking for an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Large expo held … MORE

    This was my first time running this race – the Half Marathon. I enthusiastically recommend it to others who are looking for an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

    Large expo held the day before – be prepared to walk through the expo to get to registration. Registration ran smoothly as did the race itself.
    Course is very flat with just some graded inclines. Be prepared for large crowds when walking to the corrals as there are around 17,000 runners as the Half and Full Marathon start together using the same corrals. There were A thru E corrals, but they went off fairly quickly – maybe 5 minutes between each with some fireworks.
    On course support was very good with lots of hydration stands and huge trash cans to catch the cups of both Gatorade and water. The Half Marathon course managed to stay within the confines of the city of Columbus with lots of spectators.
    The end of the race featured lots of food and drink options (water, banana, protein bar, goldfish, chocolate milk, apples, chips, Doritos, and bagel). Heavy colorful medal was worthy as race bling.
    One caution after the race is the crowds leaving the city. If you’re running the Half, there will still be hours of marathon runners still blocking streets. I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott on Spring Street which was surrounded by runners and it took about 30 minutes to get out of the city through clogged streets. You might consider parking in a lot that is outside of the race routes, but you will have lots of company for a number of hours after the Half.
    All in all, I greatly enjoyed the race experience and achieved a time I haven’t had in 5 years.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    jsheaffer10 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Every mile has a survivor child w their family that you hi five on the way by! What an inspiration! The start is awesome w fireworks and Thunderstruck by Ac/Dc … MORE

    Every mile has a survivor child w their family that you hi five on the way by! What an inspiration! The start is awesome w fireworks and Thunderstruck by Ac/Dc blaring followed by Born RK Run by The Boss!!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    jsheaffer10 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Every mile has a survivor child w their family that you hi five on the way by! What an inspiration! The start is awesome w fireworks and Thunderstruck by Ac/Dc … MORE

    Every mile has a survivor child w their family that you hi five on the way by! What an inspiration! The start is awesome w fireworks and Thunderstruck by Ac/Dc blaring followed by Born RK Run by The Boss!!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    LauraRoth FIRST-TIMER '14

    I loved this race. Weather started out cool and was perfect. There were a lot of spectators and the half ran through some great neighborhoods. There was chocolate milk at … MORE

    I loved this race. Weather started out cool and was perfect. There were a lot of spectators and the half ran through some great neighborhoods. There was chocolate milk at the finish along with other snacks and free hoagies. The only problem was with the bag drop pick-up. It was chaotic and even though I waited in line, people that came up from the finish were pushing to the front of the line so it took me an hour to get my bag. It has deterred me from bag drops for bigger races.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    mseeyoremi FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran this race as my first half. Course was very supportive, crowds were out for most of course. Swag is tops. Very well run. Finish line chow was more … MORE

    I ran this race as my first half. Course was very supportive, crowds were out for most of course. Swag is tops. Very well run. Finish line chow was more than I expected. Also being back of packer I never felt pressure to move off course.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    enigma20 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The big Columbus races are generally well supported and this is no exception. It was very warm and humid. I struggled early in this one. They seemed to add additional … MORE

    The big Columbus races are generally well supported and this is no exception. It was very warm and humid. I struggled early in this one. They seemed to add additional water stops due to the weather. At this time of the year, you never know what you might get. The second half of the course gets more difficult and a lot less spectators. Organization and start of the race is great. Swag is pretty good as well.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    bpaulose FIRST-TIMER '17

    On a good weather day, this would be a terrific marathon to run! The temperatures at the start of the race were 70 degrees and slowly climbing to 75. On … MORE

    On a good weather day, this would be a terrific marathon to run! The temperatures at the start of the race were 70 degrees and slowly climbing to 75. On top of that, there was a strong headwind in the last 3 miles that blew away some garbage cans off the course, some debris that blew in some runner’s faces in the last mile. This is stuff that’s out of the race director’s control. They at least issued a red alert advisory for the runners at that point (around mile 21 for me).

    I didn’t run the time I would’ve liked but I still appreciated the course volunteers, the organizers, and the Patient Champions that were on the course offering high-fives. Thank you Columbus!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    mcguffke REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The course is flat and fast which is a nice change from the Cincinnati races I normally run. The patient champions are also a really cool and motivating aspect. Swag … MORE

    The course is flat and fast which is a nice change from the Cincinnati races I normally run. The patient champions are also a really cool and motivating aspect. Swag is non-existent. I feel bad complaining since the money goes to a children’s hospital, but all you get is a shirt and medal. I’ve run 5Ks with better packets. Plus I can’t wear my shirt from either of the two races I’ve run due to crazy inconsistent sizing and their refusal to allow exchanges.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    1

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    katiemcb09 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This was my third year running in the Columbus Marathon. I did the half in 2012, the full in 2013, then came back for the 2016 half. This is a … MORE

    This was my third year running in the Columbus Marathon. I did the half in 2012, the full in 2013, then came back for the 2016 half. This is a great race. They really work hard so that the participants really enjoy themselves. I would say the biggest pro is all the crowd support. Each mile is dedicated to a patient at the Nationwide Children’s Medical Center. Often the patient, friends, and family line the course during that mile to cheer on the runners. It adds a really meaningful, unique aspect to running a half marathon. The course is also fantastic since it’s flat and the weather is usually very mild. The only real cons for me in 2016 were the shirts (the sizing was way off) and some confusion getting to the start line. Otherwise, I had a fantastic time and highly recommend it!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    rebleikamp FIRST-TIMER '12

    I really liked that each mile is dedicated to a child from the children's hospital, gives each mile a little more purpose. The course is pancake flat (at least to … MORE

    I really liked that each mile is dedicated to a child from the children’s hospital, gives each mile a little more purpose. The course is pancake flat (at least to me, folks talked about “hills”) and I was able to get my PR at the time. There was good crowd support, although I didn’t know the area very well. Expo and processes were smooth and well organized!

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    5

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    bobbijodmb REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This was my second year in a row completing this race. It is a fun half marathon and a pretty easy course in my opinion since it is relatively flat. … MORE

    This was my second year in a row completing this race. It is a fun half marathon and a pretty easy course in my opinion since it is relatively flat. To support the Children’s Hospital and to see the kid’s on the course and read about their stories, is truly fabulous!

    The good parts about the race:
    *It is super organized! This year we were upgraded to Corral B and were through the start line in just a couple minutes.
    *They have 350 bathrooms in the corrals. Each corral has their own bathrooms
    *The shirts- they are awesome quality, but make sure to order the right size because they don’t always offer an exchange
    *How motivating the course is- the kids and their families
    *They have fireworks in the beginning and do this several times so even if you are in a back corral you have the same experience. And the beginning of the race feels like a party; its hard not to get all excited
    *The course is an easy one to PR on- it’s primarily downhill
    *The crowd support is awesome
    *The medals were so great
    *They give you a bag to put all of the food in, they have plenty and it’s all wrapped so there are no germs on it
    *Quick turnaround with photos and results
    *The responsiveness from the race on social media! And how they promote their race and send out info

    There aren’t many things that I didn’t like or wish that would be improved and most of them have nothing to do with the race itself:
    *Columbus downtown having more places that are open. Staying here we often have trouble finding places to eat
    *Having to spend money on a hotel for the night – wishing our local race was this fabulous
    *The expo this year just felt confusing and not easy to navigate

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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