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ELITE ATHLETE
INFORMATION

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ELITE RACING

The 2023 elite entry period is now CLOSED.  


There's a lot to love about the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon if you're chasing elite goals. 

The elevation profile is flat, there's prize money on the
line, and the race is a former U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon host. If you're dreaming of adding your name to the event's legacy, join our elite field and make your
mark.

MARATHON COURSE RECORDS

Men's: Tommy Persson of Sweden in 2:11:02, 1980

Women's: Lyudmyla Pushkina of the Ukraine, 2:28:15, 2003

1/2 MARATHON COURSE RECORDS

Men's: James Ngandu of Kenya, 1:02:14, 2019

Women's: Vicoty Chepngeno of Kenya, 1:10:27, 2019

WHEELCHAIR COURSE RECORDS

Men's: Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa in 1:26:47, 2003

Women's: Jean Driscoll of Illinois in 1:51:08, 1993

INVITED ATHLETE INFORMATION

2023 Elite Standards:
 

  • Any male or female runner or wheelchair athlete who has won our Marathon or ½ Marathon in the past is eligible for complimentary entry in our 2023 event as well as all privileges listed below

  • Athletes who meet our Tier 1 Qualification Standards are eligible for:

    • Half-price race entry;

    • Access to Elite Start Tent;

    • Access to Elite Starting Corral; and

    • Elite Fluid Stations on course 

  • Athletes who meet our Tier 2 Qualification Standards are eligible for:

    • Access to Elite Start Tent;​

    • Access to Elite Starting Corral; and

    • Elite Fluid Stations on course

  • Athletes registered for our event and seeking access to our Elite Corral, located closest to the Start Line ahead of the general race field, must submit official finisher results from a Marathon or ½ Marathon run between October 1, 2020 and August 28, 2023 faster than the following times:

TIER 1 QUALIFYING TIMES

Men

  • Marathon: 2:30

  • 1/2 Marathon: 1:05

  • Marathon Wheelchair: 1:45

  • 1/2 Marathon Wheelchair: 0:45

Women

  • Marathon: 2:45

  • 1/2 Marathon: 1:15

  • Marathon Wheelchair: 2:05

  • 1/2 Marathon Wheelchair: :55

TIER 2 QUALIFYING TIMES

Men

  • Marathon: 2:45

  • 1/2 Marathon: 1:20

  • Marathon Wheelchair: 1:55

  • 1/2 Marathon Wheelchair: 0:50

Women

  • Marathon: 3:10

  • 1/2 Marathon: 1:30

  • Marathon Wheelchair: 2:15

  • 1/2 Marathon Wheelchair: 1:00

FULL MARATHON ELITE ATHLETES: Please note that the deadline for changing events is Sept. 15, 2023. If you choose to compete in the 1/2 Marathon event using your assigned full marathon number, you will NOT be eligible for prize money or awards.

Changes to entries will not be accepted after end-of-day September 15, 2023. There are no exceptions.

REMINDER for 2023:  Race packets must be picked-up by the athlete at the Columbus Marathon Health & Fitness Expo. Race packets will not be mailed and will not be available Sunday morning, unless you paid $30 for Reserve Packet Pick-up when you registered.

INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES:  The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon does not issue invitation letters in connection with visa applications.  International athletes living in the United States or already in possession of a visa are encouraged to apply for elite status.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • To conform to national and international rules, sanctioned events may only award prize money to those athletes with valid USATF membership. A current USATF registration number must be presented at packet pickup.

  • To avoid a 30% tax on your prize money, US citizens and resident foreign athletes must possess a Social Security number and provide a completed W9. Non-resident athletes are subject to a 30% federal Income tax withholding. For more information contact the national USATF office at 317-261-0500.

  • USATF Rule 245.1 "The order in which the athletes cross the finish line will be the official finish position." Elite Men's and Women's awards in the marathon and the 1/2 marathon will be based on gun time (the order in which the athletes cross the finish line).

  • OTQ: The course is USATF/IAAF/AIMS certified with an active course certification and has an elevation loss no greater than 3.25 meters/km.

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PRIZE MONEY

Note: Prize money winners are awarded the highest prize value, and are not eligible for more than one prize (i.e., the top Ohio male runner, who also happened to be the first place master’s runner, would receive the top Ohio prize, since it is of greater value than top master’s prize).

MARATHON

  • First: $4,000

  • Second: $2,500

  • Third: $1,500

1/2 MARATHON

  • First: $2,500

  • Second: $1,000

  • Third: $500

OHIOIAN (FULL MARATHON)

  • First: $1,000

  • Second: $750

  • Third: $500

MASTERS (40 AND OLDER, FULL MARATHON)

  • First: $750

  • Second: $400

  • Third: $250

WHEELCHAIR (FULL MARATHON)

  • First: $500

  • Second: $350

  • Third: $200

  

WHEELCHAIR (1/2 MARATHON - OPEN)

  • First: $400

  • Second: $250

  • Third: $100

WHEELCHAIR (1/2 MARATHON - T51/T52/T33)

  • First: $400

  • Second: $250

  • Third: $100

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