Last week, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission had the chance to be at the press conference where the Columbus Marathon made a big announcement that it would now be named after its title beneficiary and called the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and 1/2 Marathon in honor of patients of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
It’s been a great two months for the Marathon as they go into their 33rd year. In addition to their recent announcement, in December, the marathon released the results of a study by the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University that shows the 2011 event’s economic impact totaled more than $13 million and $154 million since its inception in 1980. The four categories measured were: participant and guest expenditures, vendor expenditures, marathon event budget and economic benefit of increased fitness levels.
Registration is now open for the 2012 Marathon, which will be held on October 21. Did you know that for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon that:
- Nationwide has been partner of the Columbus Marathon from the beginning
- Runners World magazine ranked the Columbus Marathon as one of the top 20 marathons in the country (out of more than 400 marathons)
- USA Today ranked the Columbus Marathon as one of the Top 10 fall marathons
- The Columbus Marathon is in the top 10 marathon events for the number of Boston Marathon qualifiers it produces and is the number one Boston Marathon feeder in Ohio.
- More than 17,000 runners participated in the 2011 run.
- Four host hotels sellout a total of about 1,000 hotel room nights that weekend.
Columbus continues to be a leading sports destination, in part because of its racing community, with two signature running events with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and the Cap City Half Marathon along a new triathalon with the Giant Eagle MultiSport Festival last year.