Running for the Whole Family: Introducing the Jesse Owens 5K and 1 Mile Run

Updated: Sep 16

This year, and for the first time ever, the Jesse Owens 5K and 1 Mile Run will be part of OUR Race weekend!


The Jesse Owens 5K will be a timed race for runners and walkers; the 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk, an untimed, family-friendly event will follow the 5K. The 5K starts at 11 a.m.


The new 5K, honoring the legacy of Ohio State and Olympic running great Jesse Owens, is presented by Park National Bank, and together with the 1 Mile Race, allows participants to experience what OUR Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon weekend is all about—without the long-distance run of the ½ Marathon or Marathon.


Beginning at the official marathon start line, participants will take a scenic tour of the Scioto Riverfront before earning their medal at the finish line of Sunday’s events.


After the 5K and 1 Mile events, the FREE Highlights’ Kids Run for children ages 11 and under will take place at the start line (the Diaper Dash for toddlers will take place in the Celebration Village area).


While running is for the whole family, we appreciate your understanding that, for the safety of all participants, strollers, wheelchairs, roller blades and skates are not permitted in any of the five races on Race Weekend (5K, 1 Mile, Kids’ Run, ½ Marathon or Full Marathon). And while we love four-legged family members, dogs and other animals are prohibited on the course.


Interested in registering or know someone who might be? You can register at this link: https://www.columbusmarathon.com/5k.

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