The Columbus Marathon partners with the following training groups that will make your training fun and memorable, instead of a solitary struggle.
Marathoner In Training
You've always wanted to run or walk a half or full
marathon, but didn't know where to start? Here's a
program that will teach you about running/walking in
cool/cold weather, nutrition, goal setting, how to avoid
injury, pacing, and much more. Fleet Feet Sports offers
this program to train first-time and veteran marathoners
to run/walk the Columbus Marathon through the
Marathoner-in-Training Program! For more info head to
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team In Training
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training
program is the largest endurance sports training
program in the world. With the help over a half a million
runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and hikers – TNT
has raised over $1.3 billion for life saving cancer
research therapies that are saving lives today. For more
information, visit the TNT website: teamintraining.org/coh.
The American Cancer Society DetermiNation and the
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon &
1/2 Marathon provide an unmatched participant experience
to athletes of all abilities. Make every mile more meaningful
and Celebrate "YOU" Like a Champion, with music, crowds
and a finish line party. You can dedicate your training and
race to the only endurance charity training team that helps
save lives from ALL cancers. You'll receive outstanding
runner benefits to help you along the way, like free team
training, race-weekend VIP amenities, an inspiring team
dinner, and online tools you need to make achieving your
personal fundraising goals easy and fun! Join the American
Cancer Society's team of athletes determined to end cancer
today. With every step you take and every mile you conquer,
you'll be saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight
for a world without cancer. Run Fast. Train Hard. Find Cures.
For more information, visit:
Columbus Eastside Running Club
Columbus Eastside Running Club offers half and full
marathon training to new and experienced runners.
CERC meets in Bexley and Gahanna for group runs.
Supported by Second Sole Gahanna participants get
hands on training in a relaxed and enjoyable
environment. A portion of the proceeds are designated
to local charities. Come join us for 2014 Columbus
Marathon Training! For more information check out their
FrontRunner Training Group welcomes runners/walkers
of all abilities. Whether you are new to running/walking,
or an experienced competitor, we have a group for you.
Our mentors are experienced athletes who collectively
have completed hundreds of marathons. We strive to
make training a fun and exciting experience in a non-
intimidating, family-friendly environment. Only a limited
number of new memberships are available, so act fast.
To register, or to learn more about Team FrontRunner
head to TeamFrontRunner.com
Team Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
Over 3,500 children and families served at Ronald
McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio each year
are facing some of the toughest challenges of their lives
—they are running their own marathons as they fight
disease, illness and injury. However, RMHC of Central
Ohio is there to provide strength and support to get them
through the toughest of times. Team RMHC is a part of
this living support system. We run to show RMHC of
Central Ohio families that there is strength in numbers—
strength in a team of runners passionately raising funds,
awareness and advocacy for the Charity. As we train for
and run 13.1 or 26.2 miles on October 18th, we offer
hope, inspiration and compassion for Ronald McDonald
House families. For more information about Team
RMHC, please visit rmhc-centralohio.org.
Columbus Running Company
Join the Columbus Running Company's fall half and full
marathon training group. We’re here to help you become
one of the many to reach your personal goals this
coming autumn as you finish the 13.1 or 26.2 mile
distance. We offer beginner and intermediate training
plan options for free through the CRC Training Program.
If you’re looking for more customization, the Starting
Line personalized training program might be for you.
Everyone comes together for the long runs on Saturdays
with the Columbus Running Club, and even track work
for those interested.
Visit columbusrunning.com for more information.
Run Fit Running Club
Run Fit Running and Walking Club is a member-led,
community-driven, non-profit club that promotes
running, fitness, and healthy living. We are family-
friendly and have workouts that support fitness whether
you are a runner or not. Our RRCA / USATF certified
running coaches and certified fitness trainers provide
free group training programs for all distances from 5k to
the marathon. We also partner with area physical
therapists, sports medicine professionals and
nutritionists to provide frequent health and wellness
clinics and special events. Come join us for free group
runs, bodyweight strength workouts and social activities!
Visit runfitrunningclub.com for more information.
Black Girls Run!
Black Girls RUN! is a national organization with more
than 65 chapters. The Columbus group has been going
strong for more than a year. We welcome walkers and
runners of all abilities. We exist to encourage black
women to become and remain active, and we welcome
EVERYONE who supports that mission! For many of our
members, the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus
Marathon will be their first full marathon. Many more of
us will be there cheering them on and running the 1/2
Marathon. Won't you join us? For more information,
please visit our group page here!
The Columbus Roadrunners Club (CRRC) is a non-
profit organization with the purpose of promoting and
encouraging running at all levels. Founded in 1975, the
Club is the oldest club in central Ohio. It is a member of
the Roadrunners Club of America (RRCA). CRRC
members participate as runners, volunteers, and
planners in a variety of events throughout the year.
Benefits of membership include club-sponsored events,
a regularly published newsletter, and club discounts at
area running stores. Click here for details!
RISE Run Club
One of our passions is working with ordinary people with
extraordinary goals. RISE Fitness Community's half and full
marathon training program is designed for those
contemplating training for their first half marathon, full
marathon, or for an athlete looking to PR. We plan 3 runs
each week as well as 2 cross training days. The 3 runs are
focused on quality, speed, and building endurance. Each
week our participants receive a newsletter with pertinent
training information and guidance that help them train well,
fuel well, and cross the finish line at their best. We also have
group runs planned for Saturday mornings. Even though
there are so many value-adds to this program, we have found
that the camaraderie and accountability are by far the most
Read more: https://www.risefitnesscommunity.com/runners
New Albany Walking Club
The New Albany Walking Club was founded in 2003 for
the purpose of promoting health through walking. The
physical, mental, and social benefits derived from group
workouts serve to motivate the many women and men
who join the regularly scheduled group walks. New
Albany Walking Club members meet every Sunday
morning at 7:30 AM. to walk along the beautiful roads
and walking and bike trails throughout the New Albany
community. Members walk from distances of three miles
to as many as twenty-three miles depending on whether
or not they are training for competition. Membership to
the New Albany Walking Club is open to individuals who
wish to walk with us regardless of where they reside.
We welcome walkers of all abilities. For information
contact Phil Heit at Philheit@gmail.com or visit
Walk With A Doc
Walk with a Doc wants you to join us in staying active.
We will provide breakfast food, coffee, water, RN blood
pressure checks, motivational medical advice and tips,
and the opportunity to ask our physicians any burning
questions you may have -- all free. Please see
walkwithadoc.org for up-to-the-minute details on this
Step And Stride
This unique all-walking company provides walking
events, a weekly spring and fall walking club, training
programs, speakers, valuable partnerships and support
to walkers. Step and Stride is focused on all levels of
walkers from the beginner to the competitor, and will
help you recognize the benefits of walking for fitness,
health, socialization and fun. Our shared goal is to
create an atmosphere of a healthy lifestyle that is
passionate and fun for all. Visit our website at
www.stepandstride.com for more details, and come out
and join us. Many of our walks are based in Dublin, and
we have added a Westerville location for the fall.
Whether your goal is weight loss, training for a new
distance, or meeting people to walk with, we will help
you get there.
Grove City Community Running and Walking Club
Grove City Community Running and Walking Club was
founded in 2014 by a group of individuals who
recognized the need for an all-inclusive running group
within the Grove City community. The club has grown
from 7-10 dedicated members to roughly 25-30 active
members at any given time. This group focuses on
friendship, encouragement and of course running and
We have members who have competed in ultra-
marathons, trail races, marathons, half marathons as
well as 5 and 10Ks.
Columbus Westside Running Club
Columbus Westside Running Club is a free non-profit
running/walking club whose mission is to improve
community health and wellness through education,
communication, and encouragement. We seek to
engage residents on the entire southwest side of
Columbus, especially those within the Greater Hilltop
and its newly opened Camp Chase Trail segment.
CWRC supports members from speed walkers to
Boston Qualifiers with weekly Tuesday PM and
Saturday AM group runs.
Partnered with Sports Medicine at The Ohio State
University Wexner Medical Center and Columbus
Running Company, CWRC offers free training plans for
various race distances, including the Nationwide
Children’s Hospital Marathon. Whether you are a
beginner or a seasoned runner, CWRC provides you the
support, motivation and unlimited encouragement to
achieve your goals. Sign up for free today here.
The Buckeye Striders Walking and Race Walking Club
trains for the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon each
year. For more information about their group, go to their
The Road Beyond
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is honored to be the title beneficiary for the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. 2021 marks the 10th year
of this partnership; so far more than $10 million has been raised for the Hospital. This includes more than $1 million contributed since 2012 by the Columbus Marathon Board of Directors.