Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K

Saturday, April 26, 2025 • Columbus, OHCourse Map

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 High Street at the intersection with Rich Street, and finishes at the Columbus Commons, along High Street. From there the half marathon route makes what is roughly a counterclockwise 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 8:30 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 26), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 68ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Capital City Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

8:00 AM


  • $60 – $100 for the half marathon
  • $40 – $80 for the quarter marathon
  • $25 – $45 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2025 running of Columbus’s Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon or Commit to be Fit 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the Capital City Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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1 comment… add one
  • Laura Crowley April 30, 2016, 10:07 am

    What an excellent event put on by Columbus and companies. I was let down that the race ended so unorganized. There should have been a winners box
    to end such a wonderful event. The winners of the races seemed lost and wandered around. One of the winners left the area and did not make the presentation awarded for winning. The other award was presented standing on the side of the street curb(NOT GOOD).


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