Why was the event cancelled?

Cancelling the event was based upon one key factor – safety. We have always made the safety of our athletes, volunteers, spectators, first responders, our team and the general public our main priority. The current prohibitions against mass gatherings here in Ohio are very clear, and the best way to protect everyone’s safety was to cancel our event for 2020.

What happens to my registration fees?


We are waiving our policy regarding refunds for 2020 and will be refunding all registration fees, including payments for training plans, medal engraving, and race day packet pickup.  Therefore, if you registered for our 2020 event you will receive a full refund of your entry fees.  


The process will take some time due to the volume of refunds we need to process, but we are undertaking this work in as timely a manner as possible.


What if I paid for medal engraving, race day packet pickup or the upgraded Runcoach program?  Will that be included in my refund?

Yes.  If you paid for a training plan, medal engraving or race day packet pickup, those funds will be included in your refund.

Do I need to formally request a refund or will it be issued automatically?  How do I get more information about the process?

All registrants will receive an email containing more details about the refund process no later than August 1.  That email will include instructions for notifying us of any changes to your personal information that may impact the issuance of your refund.

What if my address has changed?

All registrants will receive an email containing more details about the refund process no later than August 1.  That email will include instructions for notifying us of any changes to your personal information.  In the interim, you may email with any questions or changes that may impact your refund.

Can’t I just defer my registration for the next time the race is held?

We appreciate your loyalty and can’t wait to see you at our next event.  That said, we will not be offering a deferral option for a future year’s race.  With the uncertain economic challenges many in our community are facing, we feel it is best to simply do a refund and move forward with a clean slate.

What about a virtual race?

We’re America’s Most Meaningful Marathon because of the experience on Race Day. You can’t virtually recreate an experience featuring 100,000 fans, Patient Champions, Children’s Champions, The Angel Mile, Thunderstruck at the Start Line, Celebration Village, and countless other elements that make up this event. We also believe the next time we are all together for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon will be even more meaningful because of what happened in 2020. We promise it will be worth the wait!

Have the Expo, Kids’ Run and Jesse Owens Jog also been cancelled?

Yes, all 2020 race weekend activities have been cancelled.

What will happen with your partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital?

Our partnership is stronger than ever. We have been able to raise $10 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2012, and we will continue to do everything in our power to support their efforts. Moving forward, watch for announcements about fundraising opportunities and activities to support the Hospital.  

What if I made a donation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital when I registered?

Donations to Nationwide Children’s Hospital have gone to the Hospital to support its life-saving work. Any questions regarding donations to the hospital should be directed to

I was registered as a Children’s Champion.  Do I need to do anything else?

Moving forward, watch for announcements about fundraising opportunities and activities to support the Hospital.  Specific questions regarding the Children’s Champion program should be directed to


Will the race return in 2021?

If conditions improve and health experts and government officials allow us to hold the race, we will be back!

If the race can return in 2021, when will registration open?

We are currently busy with unique work resulting from our 2020 cancellation.  Stay tuned to our website, monthly newsletter and social media channels for updates and announcements.  We share in your disappointment and like you, can’t wait to come together again to celebrate our sport and community.

So what’s next? 

In the near term, we will be busy processing thousands of refunds. Throughout the rest of the year we will work to keep the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon part of your health and fitness lifestyle.

Your job is to stay safe and healthy for when it is time to gather again at the Starting Line!



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Each year, thousands of athletes gather in Columbus for a day celebrating health and wellness, personal victories, record-breaking performances and of course, the children helped by Nationwide Children¹s Hospital. The 40th anniversary Columbus Marathon is on Oct. 20, 2019. 

Although these special moments cannot be quantified, there are many numbers that add up to a participant-focused, charity-driven, community-centered athletic event.


  • 24 Miracle Mile Patient Champions who have shared their stories to inspire

  • 3,000 volunteers making this marathon possible

  • 15,000-plus athletes come from across the country and around the world.

  • Nearly 100 bands and entertainers add extra cheer

  • 25-member marathon team and 11-member Board of Directors that have put in approximately 10,000 hours of planning

  • Approximately 60,000 people attend the Health & Fitness Expo

  • Approximately 100,000 spectators cheer on athletes on Race Day


  • 250,000 White Castle cups of water to quench thirst

  • 250,000 Cups of Lemon-Lime Gatorade (approximately 11,600 gallons of Gatorade) when water just doesn’t cut it

  • 16,000 bananas, 30,000 bottles of water, 14,000 bags of salty snacks, 12,000 cartons of Chocolate Milk and more

  • 600 portable bathrooms for relief 

  • 24,000 Clif Shot energy gels to refuel

  • 96 portable generators to power the course


  • 1 Angel Mile to honor, remember and celebrate the angels of Nationwide Children’s who have already finished their race

  • 1 Encore Mile, for the patients who lined the 2012 - 2018 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon courses

  • 20,000 feet of fencing (nearly 4 miles) along various parts of the course

  • 201,600 watt sound system to rev up runners at the Start Line

  • 26 Striding Slyders + New Albany Walking Club pace leaders

  • 27 permits throughout five different police jurisdictions close down 26.2 miles of roads

  • Thousands of pounds of discarded clothes donated to Goodwill Columbus

The Road Beyond

$10 Million


Nationwide Children’s Hospital is honored to be the title beneficiary for the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. 2020 marks the ninth 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.


While this year looks a lot different, you can still help us on the road beyond $10 million by participating in the Meaningful Miles Challenge.  Fundraise for the hospital while committing to 13 or 26 Meaningful Miles challenges to make a difference in your community.  Feel great knowing YOU are helping each patient, plus get some awesome incentives for yourself!  Click HERE to register! 

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