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:​​

DetermiNation Columbus


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


CBUS FrontRunner Training Group


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 the CBUS FrontRunner

Training Group, click HERE.

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​

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 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 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!

Columbus Roadrunners


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

rewarding part.


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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 ​ 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 for up-to-the-minute details on this

unique program.

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 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.

Buckeye Striders


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

website or contact Cindi Leeman, President of the

Buckeye Striders.


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The Road Beyond

$10 Million


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.