Columbus Marathon Kicks Off Training with RunFest on July 9

Columbus is one of the few cities in the country to have two signature running events in a year, with the Columbus Marathon in the fall on October 16 and the Capital City Half Marathon in the spring.

In 2010 the Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon was one of the 25 largest marathons in the United States and this Saturday, July 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Huntington Ballpark, more than 1,000 people are expected to kick off their Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon or 1/2 Marathon training at the second annual RunFest celebration event.

RunFest is a perfect way for our runners and walkers to switch gears into the training mindset it takes to compete in October.  It’s a free Arena District event that includes free food, exhibits and live music, all while giving back to the community.  This year’s event will also feature training advice from experts, health and fitness related booths and seminars, entertainment, as well as incredible prizes and give-aways.  The first 1,000 participants will receive a free Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon swag item.

This year, guests are asked to bring a donation to contribute to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. In order to service the thousands of families they house, they are specifically requesting one of the following items: boxes of cereal, white towels (must be new), kitchen size trash bags, powdered laundry detergent, and disinfectant cleaning wipes.  All donations are welcome.

For more information about RunFest event or to register for the Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon on Sunday Oct. 16, please visit or contact the Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon office at (614)-421-RUNN (7866). #GCSC


About GCSC

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission (GCSC) was formed in June 2002 to provide leadership, guidance and marketing expertise in attracting regional, national and international sporting events and activities to bolster Greater Columbus economically and socially. Since its inception, GCSC has bid on and brought more than 150 new sporting events to Columbus that have generated an estimated $150 million in visitor spending. The GCSC also works to retain annual bid events that have generated an additional $100 million in visitor spending.
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