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Celebrating the 11th Year of our Marathon Exchange!

This year, Columbus and Dresden, Germany are celebrating the 31st anniversary of becoming sister cities, a relationship featuring numerous cultural, educational, athletic and business exchanges.  This will also be the 11th time that each city officially sent representatives to take part in the other’s respective marathon & ½ marathon.

In partnership with Dresden Sister City, Inc., we have selected three runners to represent OUR race at the October 22 Dresden Marathon & ½ Marathon!

Jin Chung
Jin graduated from Indiana University in 2022 and moved to Columbus where she is now a

merchandise planner for Abercrombie & Fitch. Although new to Central Ohio, Jin loves exploring

everything our city has to offer and enjoys eating and running her way through the city! She is

originally from Johns Creek, GA where her love for running started three years ago, and she ran

the 2022 Columbus ½ Marathon. Traveling is one of Jin’s favorite hobbies as she’s been to six

different countries. She is excited to represent the city of Columbus and is looking forward to

running her first Marathon and exploring Dresden this October.



Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey has been a French teacher in Columbus City Schools for fourteen years. She is committed

to public education and helping her students access opportunities to learn about and experience

world culture. She has led four student trips to France and has studied abroad in France and

Quebec. She has been a runner since competing in cross country and track in middle and high

school, but only recently became a long distance runner, inspired by her late uncle Mitch. She has

completed two 1/2 Marathons and plans to do a Marathon sometime in the future. She is looking

forward to her first visit to Germany and experiencing a little of her own family's distant heritage.




Nathan Ticknor

Born and raised in Columbus, Nathan is a business and strategic development consultant at OCALI.

Having competed as a sprinter in college, after graduation he transitioned from runs measured in

seconds to those measured in hours. A long-time Columbus Marathon spectator cheering on friends

and family, he first ran the race in 2014 while living out of state. Along with his family, he enjoys

experiencing all Columbus has to offer. After running the Columbus ½ Marathon in 2022, he's excited

to train for the Marathon in Dresden. He's also eager to explore Dresden, learn more about its rich

history, and engage in the reciprocity of the Sister City program.

Interested in learning more about Dresden Sister Cities, the exchange, or hosting a runner this fall?  Contact Dorit Fratzscher at

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