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Tip #12: Finding Medical Help During the Race

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

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!

With OUR race just around the corner, stretching, staying hydrated and conserving strength are some of the most important things runners and walkers can do to prevent injuries.

Over the years, we’ve learned that no matter how hard you train, injuries are bound to happen. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon team has more than 100 medical professionals working and volunteering on race day to ensure the health and safety of our participants, spectators and volunteers.

Here’s where you can find medical assistance during this year’s race:

  • Medical Tents: Certified medical personnel are located in the Start/Finish areas and at two locations along the race course to assist athletes. In the event an athlete is unable to continue, report to one of these tents or the nearest water stop for assistance. The medical staff has the right to withdraw any athletes from the race who appear in distress or at risk.

  • Minor Aid: Minor medical aid (i.e., band-aids or Vaseline) can be found at each fluid station.

  • EMS: In addition to medical tents, there will also be several, easily identifiable EMS units stationed at key intersections throughout the course.

  • American Red Cross first responder teams & support vehicles: American Red Cross first responder teams will be positioned throughout the course. These teams are mobile and will be easily identifiable by Red Cross signs. Red Cross vehicles will also follow athletes and be available to provide help, if necessary.

  • Medical information: Please fill out the medical information on the back of your bib number. It only takes a few minutes. This information could save your life!

  • See Something, Say Something: Our participants are always on the lookout for each other and have flagged down medics for a fellow athlete who is struggling. Taking part in this race is important; being there for others in a time of need is important, too.

If you find yourself in distress during the race or see another runner who needs assistance, please be sure to notify race personnel or a member of our medical team. The best race is a safe race. Don’t hesitate to ask for help for you or someone you see on the course.

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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