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Tip #17 | Gear Check

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!

We take great pride in making sure you get off to your best start on race day. Part of that is having an efficient Gear Check so that you can focus on the journey ahead.

Participants can drop off and pick up their gear in the same location – at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Gear Check Tent at the corner of Spring St. and McConnell Blvd. (southwest corner of McFerson Park). It’s convenient and easy if you follow a few simple rules that help optimize the safety of our athletes and spectators:

  • We will only accept the clear Gear Check Bags you receive at the Health & Fitness Expo during your packet pick-up.

  • All items you wish to check must be in these bags.

  • We will not accept any other bags, boxes, luggage, etc. No exceptions.

  • All items being carried at or near the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon are subject to inspection.

  • Camelbaks and personal hydration vests may be worn during the race but are subject to the above referenced inspection.

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 or store it in Gear Check at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Gear Check Tent.

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