T​he Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon has helped raise millions of dollars for charity. In addition to our namesake charitable partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital, we have traditionally partnered with a number of other groups. Many athletes also organize their own fundraising efforts on behalf of a myriad of charities.


Our official charity partners are:

Children's Champions


By participating in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon weekend, you have the opportunity to help sick kids get better. Join Children's Champions, a team of dedicated athletes raising money for Nationwide Children's Hospital. Your fundraising efforts will help provide the highest quality of care to every patient at Nationwide Children's, regardless of their family's inability to pay. ​Become a Children's Champion today and create your personal fundraising page! As a Children's Champion you will gain access to online fundraising tools, exclusive apparel, private event day accommodations, and more! Join now!

Team Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)


Over 3,500 children and families served at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio each year are facing some of the toughest challenges of their lives—they are running their own marathons as they fight disease, illness and injury. However, RMHC of Central Ohio is there to provide strength and support to get them through the toughest of times. Team RMHC is a part of this living support system. We run to show RMHC of Central Ohio families that there is strength in numbers—strength in a team of runners passionately raising funds, awareness and advocacy for the Charity. As we train for and run 13.1 or 26.2 miles, we offer hope, inspiration and compassion for Ronald McDonald House families. For more information about Team RMHC, please contact Caitlin Wolcott at 

or visit their website.​


Team ACS Endurance


The American Cancer Society and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon provide an unmatched participant experience to athletes of all abilities. Make every mile more meaningful and Celebrate "YOU" Like a Champion, with music, crowds and a finish line party. You can dedicate your training and race to the only endurance charity training team that helps save lives from ALL cancers. You'll receive outstanding runner benefits to help you along the way, like free team training, race-weekend VIP amenities, an inspiring team dinner, and online tools you need to make achieving your personal fundraising goals easy and fun! Join the American Cancer Society's team of athletes determined to end cancer today. With every step you take and every mile you conquer, you'll be saving lives and creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Run fast. Train Hard. Find Cures For more information, visit

The Road Beyond

$10 Million


Nationwide Children’s Hospital is honored to be the title beneficiary for the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. 2021 marks the 10th year

of this partnership; so far more than $10 million has been raised for the Hospital.  This includes more than $1 million contributed since 2012 by the Columbus Marathon Board of Directors.