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SISTER CITIES ATHLETE EXCHANGE

Each year we hold athlete exchanges with some of Columbus’ international sister cities that also have a marathon or half marathon. The longest such exchange has been with Dresden, Germany – this is our eighth year!

This year the Dresden Marathon and Half Marathon races are Sunday, October 27, the week after our races in Columbus, and five “ambassadors” will travel between each city. The Dresden trip dates are Thursday, October 24 through Tuesday, October 29, although athletes chosen are welcome to go earlier and stay later on their own and incorporate additional travel.

 

As part of the exchange, athletes stay with host families in the respective cities and receive free race entries and other perks, including Nike shoes provided by our retail partner, Second Sole!

 

Are you an athlete who would like to apply to be a Columbus Marathon Ambassador at the Dresden Marathon and Half Marathon? Visit www.dresdensistercity.org to read more about the exchange. To apply, please complete the form found on this page. Deadline to apply is May 31. Want to host an athlete from Dresden? Send a note to dresdensistercity@gmail.com.

Looking for other opportunities to run or walk internationally while representing our race and Columbus? Our exchange program also includes races in Hefei, China and Curitiba, Brazil; five athletes will travel from Columbus to take part in these events, with athletes coming to our race.

 

The Hefei International Marathon is Sunday, November 10. The Hefei trip dates are Wednesday, November 6 through Monday, November 11.

The Maratona Curitiba is Sunday, November 17. The Curitiba trip dates are Wednesday, November 13 through Monday, November 18.

As with Dresden, athletes chosen for Hefei or Curitiba are welcome to go earlier and stay later on their own and incorporate additional travel.

To apply to be a Columbus Marathon Ambassador in China or Brazil, please complete the form found on this page.  Deadline to apply is May 31. Want to host an athlete from Curitiba or Hefei? Send a note to  sdadfar@columbussistercities.org.

2019 Sister Cities Exchange Application
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Have you already registered for the 2019 Columbus Marathon or 1/2 Marathon?
If you are selected, do you authorize the public use of your name and photo image in the promotion of the Columbus Marathon Exchange program?
Do you have a valid passport for this trip (valid until at least 6 months after the trip?)
Exchange participants are expected to pay for their own air travel costs and incidentals outside of the benefits listed. Are you willing and able to cover those expenses?

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital is honored to be the title beneficiary for the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. 2019 marks the eighth year

of this partnership; so far more than $8 million has been raised for the Hospital.  This includes more than $1 million contributed since 2012 by the Columbus Marathon Board of Directors.

 

By becoming a Children’s Champion, you can fundraise for the Hospital and dedicate your race to the kids helped by this incredible institution. Run or walk 13.1 or 26.2 miles knowing YOU are helping each patient, plus get some awesome VIP perks for yourself! Make a donation today for the life-saving work of Nationwide Children's Hospital, click here.​​​​​