2019 Registration Is Now Open!
Registration is now open for the 2019 Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon! For the eighth straight year, “early bird” registration remains $75 for the Marathon and $60 for the 1/2 Marathon - Register here!
Current Registrants : Please refer to the links below as needed.
>> To update basic information (shirt size, expected finishing time), please click here.
>> To change the race you are participating in, please click here.
>> To transfer your registration to another participant, please click here.
>> To double check your registration, please click here.
The 2019 Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20
and starts in tandem with 1/2 Marathon in downtown Columbus at 7:30 a.m.
The Marathon course stays open until 2:30 p.m. Awards will be given to men and women in the following categories (top three overall, top three Ohioans, top three masters age 40 and over, and top three in each age group).
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). The only exception to receiving an additional cash prize is if the race winner breaks the course record. The complete list of prize money is here.
The 2019 Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus 1/2 Marathon will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20 and starts in tandem with the Marathon in downtown Columbus at 7:30 a.m.
The 1/2 Marathon participants stay with the full Marathon athletes until the courses split at mile 12.5, and the 1/2 Marathon course stays open until Noon. Awards will be given to men and women in the following categories (top three overall, and top three in each age group).
Note: Prize money winners are awarded the highest prize value, and are not eligible for more than one prize. The only exception to receiving an additional cash prize is if the race winner breaks the course record. The complete list of prize money will be listed here at a later date.
The 2019 Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will feature a Wheelchair Division that offers disabled athletes the opportunity to compete along the same routes as athletes in the 13.1 and 26.2 events.
The wheelchair race begins at 7:25 am. See the link here for more information on our wheelchair policy.
We welcome and encourage walkers to take part in our race! The 1/2 Marathon course stays open until Noon, providing athletes able to keep up a pace of at least 18:20 per mile the chance to finish. The Marathon course will remain open until 2:30 p.m., providing athletes able to keep up a pace of at least 14:54 per mile the chance to finish.
Again this year, we will partner with the New Albany Walking Classic and offer a special premium item to athletes who walk in the Classic’s 10K on Sunday, September 15, as well as walk in either our 1/2 Marathon or Marathon. Information about the 15th annual New Albany Walking Classic is available here.
For our 40th anniversary, the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is bringing back a favorite from the past – The Striding Slyders Pace Team, sponsored by, you guessed it, White Castle! The Striding Slyders Pace Team was the first ever offered at the Columbus Marathon, and was one of the first pace teams anywhere in the country, when it was launched in 1999!
The Striding Slyders will be joined by pacers from the New Albany Walking Club, who have been part of our event for several years.
Experienced athletes from both groups will provide fun and excitement for both first time and experienced marathoners and 1/2 marathoners looking to reach their goals — whether that's a personal best, or just getting across the finish line. Advance sign-up is not required, but the Striding Slyders and New Albany Walking Club invite you to visit their booths at the Expo for information and encouragement!
>> To view the official 2019 pace chart, click here.
For much of the past decade, the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon weekend has brought us good running and walking weather. Check out Columbus' current weather conditions as well as a six-day forecast below.
Inclement Weather Policy
The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon puts the safety of its participants, spectators, staff and volunteers first. Dangerous weather conditions pose a unique challenge to an event this size. Therefore, we have adopted the following Inclement Weather Policy:
Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, with special attention placed on the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these conditions and possible dangers which could result on the event website (www.columbusmarathon.com), as well as through other means of communication such as e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and public address announcements.
The Race Director and Medical Director, in consultation with law enforcement, fire/EMS and other officials, will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include: Altering the start time or in extreme situations, cancellation of the event. Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 15 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 15-minute increments.
If extremely high heat and humidity is predicted, extra water will be provided to the athletes, both prior to, during and after the event. The medical team will be alerted that athletes may require additional medical attention during and after the event due to these conditions. If it is felt that it is unsafe for participants to start the race due to severe temperatures and humidity, the race may be cancelled.
Race personnel reserve the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race due to inclement weather. Participants must abandon the race if ordered to do so by the race personnel, medical staff, fire or police personnel.
We will use a four-color sign system will again be used to provide information on weather conditions and emergency situations. Click here for further information . Please pay attention to the signs at all fluid stations and at the start and finish line!