The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon features a spectator-friendly course. The following are some highlights for spectators on race day:
26 Miles of Marathon Mile Champions: 24 miles are represented by a patient at Nationwide Children’s, one is dedicated as an Angel Mile for the special children who have been taken too soon, and one is an “alumni mile” for Marathon Mile Champions from past years. These patients and their families will be along every mile of the course to cheer on participants and serve as a visual reminder of how the marathon is helping ill and injured children.
Drexel and Main Streets in Bexley: A perfect place to take in the fall colors and amazing homes as the runners pass by. Fun fact: Bexley is home to more ice cream shops per capita than anywhere in Ohio.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will run past two sides of Nationwide Children’s Hospital on 18th St. and Livingston Ave. and there will be great viewing opportunities for spectators at the park at Livingston and Parsons Avenues. There will be bands, butterflies on stilts and hundreds of signs to represent those Children's Champions who have been raising money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Schiller Park: This German Village treasure is bordered by Reinhard, Jaeger and Deshler Streets. This year marks the 153rd birthday of this beloved and scenic park — you'll enjoy walking from one side to the other to cheer on your athlete.
Upper Arlington: Upper Arlington is the stretch of course between The Ohio State University and King Avenue. It welcomes athletes and spectators with its beautiful homes and gardens. Fun fact: It is the home of world-famous golfer Jack Nicklaus.
Grandview Heights: Enjoy Grandview Avenue with its unique neighborhood boutiques and incredible restaurants.
Victorian Village: Neil Avenue with its gorgeous Victorian style homes and beautiful trees will be a welcome reprieve for athletes and spectators as they head toward the finish line. Buttles Avenue and Park Street borders Goodale Park, another historic park in Columbus.
Celebration Village: Featuring the Columbus Marathon store, PR Gong presented by White Castle, and more.
NOTE: There will also be an Information Booth on Spring Street and McConnell Blvd. as you enter Celebration Village.