Tip #10: Fueling Up On Race Day

Welcome back to our annual “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” blog series. For the 26 days leading up to race day, athletes and spectators can get daily tips to make the most of OUR race. Stay tuned for tips on parking and food, cool viewing spots and race rules, and answers to all your pressing race day questions. We are here to help you make the most of your 2022 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon experience! Let’s go!


Staying hydrated might be the most important thing an athlete can do during a marathon and ½ marathon. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon wants to make sure all athletes know where and when they can fuel up during the race.


There are 17 Fluid Stations along the course, supplying Gatorade Lemon Lime Endurance Formula® at the first set of tables and non-carbonated water at the second set of tables. We will also feature CLIF SHOTS (Strawberry, Citrus, and Mocha flavors) at approximately miles 15.5 and 20.5.


Check out the full map and ½ map with the fluid and gel Stations listed. And, if you’re worried about spilling the water or Gatorade Lemon Lime Endurance Formula® all over yourself while running and drinking, check out this Training Talk video for a pro tip.


Each station will also have several porta-potties not too far from the tables if you need to make a pit stop. And if you’re worried about not being able to find one or standing in line, check out a few pointers we have in Tip #4 here.


Everything needed for a successful race is available from official fluid or medical stations. If you need something specific, you should carry it with you.


Have additional questions? Let us know in the comments below, or share with us on Facebook and Instagram, and we’ll be sure to get them answered!

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