Be A Children's Champion - Join the Meaningful Miles Challenge!


The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is the Most Meaningful Marathon in the Country! Each mile is dedicated to a Patient Champion, including 24 individuals who have shared their story to inspire you, 1 Angel Mile to honor the children who have already run their race, and 1 Encore Mile featuring all the patients who have lined the course since 2012.

26.2 miles, each with a different story, a new inspiration, and another reason to keep running.  These miraculous kids will be on each miles of the marathon, supporting you every step of the way.  This is your opportunity to support them.  Join Children's Champions now and fundraise for those cared for at Nationwide Children's.

Although the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is cancelled, the Nationwide Children's Hospital and the patients they treat still need your support!  JOIN the Meaningful Miles Challenge! 

Commit to 13 or 26 Meaningful Miles to make a difference in your community while running, walking and fundraising for Nationwide Children's Hospital.  Celebrate your love for running, walking, the race and Nationwide Children's while making each step more meaningful through a series of fun challenges and fundraising activities.  It's simple:


Fundraise to help find cures, save lives and create best outcomes for kids here and around the world.


  • There is no minimum fundraising requirement.  Earn incentives as you reach various fundraising milestones.  Every dollar makes a difference!

  • Choose the impact you want to make.  You can designate the funds you raise support any program at the hospital.

  • Once you register, you will receive the step-by-step Meaningful Miles Challenge guide and digital toolkit to make getting started as easy as possible.

  • Receive invitations to special Nationwide Children's Hospital Insider "events."

  • We have a list of Meaningful Miles challenges for inspiration, but you can make up your own too! 


Learn more and register at or click HERE to donate!

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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