Our #1 Goal - Safety


View our Inclement Weather Policy here

View our Emergency Action Plan here


Various measures are in place to help ensure a safe and secure event for our participants, spectators, volunteers and the general public. Please abide by the following:


>> Gear Check : 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.


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


>> Athlete-Only Areas : Participants in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will have special access to athlete-only areas at the Start Line and Finish Line. Non-participants are not permitted in these areas.


>> No Family Run-In At Finish : Only athletes are permitted on the race course, including crossing the Finish Line. This is for the safety of all athletes, spectators , race and safety officials and volunteers. Any participant who is joined by a non-participant (including a child-in-arms) on any portion of the course, including crossing the Finish Line, risks disqualification and a ban from future events.


>> Color-Coded Emergency Signs : A four-color sign system is used to provide information on weather conditions and emergency situations.


Green = Low Alert Level, Good Conditions.

Yellow = Moderate Alert Level, Less Than Ideal Conditions.

Red = High Alert Level, Potentially Dangerous Conditions.

Black = Extreme Alert Level, Event Cancelled/Extreme & Dangerous Conditions.


Please pay attention to the signs at all fluid stations and at the Start Line and Finish Line!


>> Alert Level:

>> Medical Information : PLEASE take a few moments and fill out the Medical Information on the back of your bib number. Every second counts in an emergency, and this information could be crucial!


>> Inclimate Weather Policy : The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon puts the safety of its participants, spectators, staff and volunteers first. Dangerous weather conditions pose a unique challenge to an event the size of a Marathon or 1/2 Marathon. Therefore we have adopted the following Inclement Weather Policy:


Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, with special attention placed on the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these conditions and possible dangers which could result on the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon website (, as well as through other means of communication such as e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, the Real-Time Race Tracking app and public address announcements.


The Race Director and Medical Director, in consultation with law enforcement, fire/EMS and other officials, will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include: Altering the start time or in extreme situations,cancellation of the event. Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 30 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 30-minute increments.


If extremely high heat and humidity is predicted, extra water will be provided to the athletes, both prior to, during and after the event. The medical team will be alerted that athletes may require additional medical attention during and after the event due to these conditions. If it is felt that it is unsafe for participants to start the race due to severe temperatures and humidity, the race may be cancelled.​


Race personnel reserve the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race due to inclement weather. Participants must abandon the race if ordered to do so by the race personnel, medical staff, fire or police personnel.



The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Medical Director


Dr. Bright also serves as a medical consultant and coach to the Marathoner in Training (MIT) program.  He previously served as a team physician for The Ohio State University Department of Athletics.


As a sub-3-hour marathon runner and triathlete, Dr. Bright is an avid competitor, he has completed over 60 marathons and ultramarathons including Columbus, Chicago, New York City and Boston marathons and multiple 100 mile races. In addition to numerous Olympic and sprint distance triathlons, he has also completed Ironman Triathlons.


Recently, Dr. Bright was the No.1 ranked doctor in central Ohio for sports medicine in the 10TV and Columbus Dispatch's "Docs Rate Docs" survey. In 2011, he was also named one of Columbus Business First's "40 Under 40".


Dr. Bright has served as the medical director of our event since 2008.  As the medical director he coordinates and oversees 100+ medical volunteers while collaborating with emergency services personnel from the Columbus Division of Fire, American Red Cross, Columbus Police Department, and Homeland Security.


Dr. Bright is a board-certified family medicine and sports medicine physician, with a special focus on sports medicine, comprehensive care for runners, triathletes and cyclists, overuse injuries, stress fractures and Active Release Technique (ART). He is the director of the OhioHealth MAX Sports Medicine Endurance Academy, head team physician for Otterbein University.



The Road Beyond

$10 Million


Nationwide Children’s Hospital is honored to be the title beneficiary for the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. 2021 marks the 10th year

of this partnership; so far more than $10 million has been raised for the Hospital.  This includes more than $1 million contributed since 2012 by the Columbus Marathon Board of Directors.