Will the race return in 2021?

While there remains uncertainty and challenges to all aspects of our daily lives due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are in the preparation phase of holding our event in October.


What we do know: We will not put on our event unless it can be the high-quality, high-excitement experience you expect from us. It will be safe, but will also be full-service, and we have a lot of work to do in that regard while also waiting for conditions to improve.


If health experts and government officials allow us to hold the race, we will be ready to go!

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


We postponed opening registration from our traditional date of February 1 as our Trustees didn’t feel it was fair to ask you to commit or spend your money to do so until there is more known about how the spring, summer and ultimately the fall of 2021 will unfold.


We continue to monitor trends and conditions with regard to Covid-19, along with our timelines and deadlines for when certain tasks must be completed .


As we all continue to be affected by the changes this virus has forced upon us, please know we will keep you updated on when we will move ahead and provide you with plenty of time to make your decision to join us!


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


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



So what’s next? 

In the near term, follow updates and announcements on our website and via our monthly newsletter and social media channels, and 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. 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.


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