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Ohio > Spirit of Columbus Half Marathon & Relay
Columbus, OH



Sunday, August 29, 2010

Event Details

The late summer of 2010 will bring the third annual running of the Spirit of Columbus Half Marathon & Relay, a race that organizers say they expect will draw around 3,000 runners from about 30 states around the country as well as a group of 50 world-class elite runners from five countries around the world. Run along a long, gradual downhill course along the Columbus stretch of the Scioto River, the 13.1-mile point-to-point route features ample views of the river and the nearby Columbus skyline for virtually the entire course.

From the starting line on Blazer Parkway at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing in nearby Dublin, runners make their way first past the mall and then out onto Bradenton Road, Frantz Road and Rings Road before turning right and heading south along Dublin Road for the first couple of miles. When they reach Hayden Falls Park, runners turn left and cross over the river and then turn right to head south along Riverside Drive, which they follow for the next several miles, including stretches along the city's paved Greenway Trail System that winds along the river.

Along the way, the race -- which is open to runners as well as wheelchair competitors -- passes through the city's Griggs Reservoir Park, James J. Thomas Park and Hoover Park, all of which are nestled along the riverbanks. Filled with rolling hills throughout, the course features an overall downhill descent from the start toward the finish, and runners can expect to experience an overall elevation drop of about 140 feet over the course of ther race.

By the time the course reaches the mile 10 marker, near the part of the city known as the Marble Cliff district, Riverside Drive turns off and the course continues along Dublin Road. Runners continue along Dublin Road (and continue running alongside the river) as they run under Interstate 670 and Highway 315, all the way to the finish line, which lies on West Long Street in North Bank Park.

Part of the Columbus Grand Prix series of running events that take place throughout the year, the Spirit of Columbus is the eighth in that series as well as the third in a local series known as the Run Wild Fall Marathon Training series, which also take runners to Ohio cities like Racine, Akron and Morgantown.

Race Weather & Climate

Known for its hot, often muggy summer seasons and often very cold winters, the Columbus metro area typically experiences very warm and humid weather in the late summer, often with plenty of rain. In August, average monthly temperatures range between 84°F and 62°F, with an average of about 4.31 inches of rainfall for the month.


$30 for the half marathon, if registered by January 31, 2010
$40 between February 1 - March 31
$50 between April 1 - June 30
$60 between July 1 - 31
$70 between August 1 - 23
$80 after Aug. 23


To reserve your spot in the summer 2010 running of the Spirit of Columbus Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.



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