The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon features a spectator-friendly course. Following are some highlights for spectators on Race Day:
26 Miles of Patient 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 “encore mile” for the Patient 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 Champions who have been raising
money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
RACE DAY SPECTATOR INFORMATION
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
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.
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.