TRAINING
FOR RACE DAY

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GET MOTIVATED AND GET MOVING

All the resources that you need to get started are right here - whether you're looking for advice for training solo, looking for group coaching, or ready to make your race more meaningful with a charity training program. 

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OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER

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By participating in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon weekend, you have the opportunity to help sick kids get better. Join Children's Champions, a team of dedicated athletes raising money for Nationwide Children's Hospital. Your fundraising efforts will help provide the highest quality of care to every patient at Nationwide Children's, regardless of their family's inability to pay. ​

 

As a Children's Champion you will gain access to online fundraising tools, exclusive apparel, private event day accommodations, and more. 

LOCAL CHARITIES, TRAINING PROGRAMS, & CLUBS

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The following charities, clubs, and training programs, listed in alphabetical order, are based in central Ohio and are here to boost your training experience. All groups operate independently and separately from the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. Find your place in one of these groups today and start building towards race day. 

BLACK GIRLS
RUN!

COLUMBUS EASTSIDE RUNNING CLUB (CERC)

COLUMBUS WESTSIDE RUNNING CLUB (CWRC)

GROVE CITY RUNNING & WALKING CLUB

MARATHONER IN TRAINING (MIT)

COLUMBUS
ROADRUNNERS

FRONTRUNNER TRAINING GROUP

GRANDVIEW RUNNING CLUB

NEW ALBANY WALKING CLUB

BUCKEYE
STRIDERS

COLUMBUS RUNNING COMPANY TRAINING

GERMAN VILLAGE WALKING CLUB

LOVE2REACH
(L2R)

OUTRUNNERS
COLUMBUS

SHORT NORTH RUNNING CLUB

APP-BASED TRAINING WITH RUNCOACH

Thousands of our participants in recent years have trained with Runcoach, an adjustable, customizable online plan.

Get ready to train and run your best at Columbus with a "real-life" certified coach. Runners who train with the Runcoach app and coaching service improve finishing times by an average of 7 percent.  With an exclusive Runcoach Gold membership you get a customized training plan and one-on-one training and racing advice from your own coach! (Our race registrants pay one-time fee of $30; Runcoach Gold is normally $19.95/mo).  Download the app and get more information HERE.