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Celebrating the 10th Year of our Marathon Exchange!

This year, Columbus and Dresden, Germany are celebrating the 30th anniversary of becoming sister cities, a relationship featuring numerous cultural, educational, athletic and business exchanges.  This is also the 10-year mark of when each city sent representatives to take part in the other’s respective marathon & ½ marathon.

In partnership with Dresden Sister City, Inc., we will participate in an athlete exchange this year, and to honor the three decades of friendship, we are seeking three runners or walkers who wish to represent OUR race in Germany!

Here are some details:

Who: Central Ohio residents, or individuals with a strong connection to Columbus to represent the city;

What: Participate in the October 30 Dresden Marathon or ½ Marathon as a representative of Columbus;

Here’s what athlete ambassadors receive:

  • Free entry to the Dresden race category of your choice;

  • Lodging with a host family in Dresden for 5 nights (from Oct. 27 – Nov. 1);

  • Transportation in Dresden race weekend;

  • Meeting with a Dresden city official;

  • Sightseeing tour of Dresden

  • A contribution from Dresden Sister City, Inc. to help support your travel expenses


Here’s what you need to be considered: Valid passport; airfare costs; and most importantly, a winning attitude!

Dresden Sister City Inc. also is seeking host families for the athletes from Dresden who will take part in the 2022 Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon.

Interested in learning more, or being considered as Columbus Ambassador or host? Follow this LINK to fill out the application; deadline to apply is June 15. For questions, contact Dorit Fratzscher at

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