More than 10,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors crossed the finish line at last year’s running of Columbus’s Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & Commit To Be Fit 5K, including more than 8,000 finishers in the event’s half marathon race alone.
Each of the event’s three races takes participants on a tour of Ohio’s largest city, along the banks of the Scioto River and through some of its most noteworthy sights, including the campus of Ohio State University and through the city’s arena district, where they’ll pass by Nationwide Arena, the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, and Arch Park.
Runners start the race on Front Street at the intersection with West Town Street, and from there the half marathon route makes what is roughly a clockwise loop through the city, along both downtown streets and parts of its riverfront areas, as the heart of the city lies right at the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers.
Runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors are all welcome in the four-hour race, which starts promptly at 8:00 AM for the half-marathon and the quarter marathon, and 8:20 AM for those running the 5K.
The race has drawn notable, world-famous runners in past years, including Clint Verran and Daniel Cheruiyot, who won the event’s 2007 half marathon race together when they finished in a tie.
Largely fast and flat and without any serious rises or declines in elevation throughout the course, the Capital City Half Marathon has enjoyed a significant degree of success as an event in a relatively short time period — especially considering its inaugural running took place just in 2004.
Part of its popularity, no doubt, is due to the scenery along the race course, including the campus of Ohio State University and historic areas of downtown Columbus like Short North, Victorian Village and German Village. Dozens of bands are stationed along the course to provide music and entertainment for runners and spectators, and eight aid stations also will be provided.
Race Weather & Climate
Located nearly in the geographic center of the state, just over 100 miles northeast of Cincinnati and roughly 140 miles southwest of Cleveland, Columbus typically sees cool to mild weather in April, a month that has brought record temperatures as low as 17ºF (in 1995) and as high as 90ºF (in 1990).
On race day (April 29), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- 2016 Capital City Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Capital City Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Capital City Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Capital City Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Capital City Half Marathon Results
See race website
- $60 – $110 for the half marathon
- $40 – $90 for the quarter marathon
- $25 – $50 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Columbus’s Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon or Commit to be Fit 5K race, register online at imATHLETE.com here.
Official Race Website
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