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Nominations for 2022 Spirit Awards Close July 1!

Take the time to nominate an inspiring person today!

Each year we honor 10 people who are inspiring others while overcoming significant obstacles to take part in OUR race. This may be someone facing health difficulties, struggles with significant weight, injuries, loss of loved ones and/or those who are helping others fight their own battles. Simply put, these people are an inspiration and we want to tell their stories.

The program is called the Lashutka Spirit Awards, named in honor of former Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka, who helped launch the Columbus Marathon in 1980.

Do you know of someone who is participating in the 2022 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon or ½ Marathon whose story will be inspiring to others? It just takes a few minutes to apply and nominations for the 2022 Spirit Award are due Friday, July 1. Email the following information to

  • The nominator’s name, phone number and email address;

  • The nominee’s name, phone number and email address;

  • A 200-word-or-less description of why that person deserves to be recognized.

Read about last year’s inspirational winners HERE.

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