Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Columbus, OH • Course Map
One of the nation’s premiere marathon and half-marathon road race events — according to both race organizers and many past participants — is Ohio’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon, whose 2018 race will be its 39th annual, with more than 15,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes each year.
Both events share the same starting line, at the corner of Broad and High Streets near the Columbus City Center and Bicentennial Park, just a few blocks away from the bend in the Scioto River, which flows through the city.
From there, the field follows an eastward trek along East Broad Street, where they encounter the only real hills to speak of during the race, between miles 1 and 4. These hills only rise just over 50 feet in elevation and are marked by gradual inclines, however, so they’re nothing to get too exercised about.
Along the way, runners and walkers — this year’s race is open to both, and both groups will share the same starting time — pass the Columbus Museum of Art as well as the tree-lined greenspace of Franklin Park, perhaps best known for its conservatory, which was built in 1895 and is now home to more than 400 plant species from around the world.
Runners continue along Broad and make turns at Drexel, E Main street and S Nelson RD, making the turn on E Broad St for the middle third of the half-marathon.
Shortly after the 7 mile mark, runners turn onto 18th St, making their way to the Nationwide Children’s hospital. Runners then take Livingston Ave and S 3rd street entering into the German Village area.
After passing through the German Village area, with turns onto Reinhard Avenue, Jaeger Street and Deshler Avenue, the course then hits the home stretch, taking runners northward along South High Street for the last two miles toward the finish line, which lies near the Nationwide Arena on Nationwide Boulevard.
The last few miles are a nice treat for runners finishing up — they’re almost entirely flat the whole way in.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central Ohio, about 100 miles northeast of Cincinnati and roughly 140 miles southwest of Cleveland, Columbus typically sees cool to mild weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 17°F (in 1952) and as high as 91°F (in 2007).
On race day (Oct. 14), the average low is 44ºF and the average high is 66ºF.
- 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Half Marathon Results
- $60 – $135 for the half marathon
- $75 – $145 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon race, register online at MarathonGuide.com here.
Official Race Website
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