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Tip #16 | Get Inspired!

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 2023 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon experience! Let’s go!

Since 2012, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Columbus Marathon have partnered together to help make miracles happen. And each year, 24 Marathon Mile Champions - patients treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital - are selected to line each mile of the race, share their story and inspire others. Each Marathon Mile Champion picks a theme for their mile and looks forward to celebrating with you on race day. There is also one Angel Mile (Mile 11) to honor the angels of Nationwide Children’s Hospital who have already finished their race, and one Encore Mile (Mile 10) that invites all 240 previous Marathon Mile Champions to experience the magic of race day once again. Together, these children represent the more than 1 million patient visits to Nationwide Children’s Hospital every year.

You can read all about this year’s incredible Marathon Mile Champions here. We know that reading their stories will give you that extra motivation you need to finish your training strong!

If you are interested in supporting Nationwide Children’s cause by becoming a Children’s Champion, check out this post for more information and here to sign up.

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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