Ohio > Spirit of Columbus Half Marathon & Relay
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The late summer of 2010 will bring the third annual running of the Spirit
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
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.
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
$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
Marathon, register online at Active.com.
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