OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon Guide

Over 15,000 runners are expected to lace them up this weekend for the 13th annual OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon in Columbus, Ohio. The flat, fast course treks through historic neighborhoods and offers classic views of Columbus, including a lap around THE Ohio State University.

 A health and fitness celebration and a finish line party headline a list of fun activities surrounding the race. The race itself begins at 8:00am on Saturday, April 30th. Outsmart the masses headed to this event by educating yourself on race routes, best viewing spots, and where to get free food and beer.


The Race

The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon actually consists of three total races: 

OhioHealth Half Marathon: 
  • 13.1 miles
  • 8:00am start time from corner of Town and Front St.
  • 50 live bands and DJs will perform along the race route
  • Neighborhoods: University District, Campus Gateway, Short North Arts District, Arena District, German Village
  • USATF Half Marathon Championships integrated into event, winner will walk (or run) away with $12,100
Patron Quarter Marathon: 
  • 6.55 miles
  • 8:00am start time from corner of Town and Front St. 
  • 25 live bands and DJs to keep you going.
Commit to Be Fit 5K
  • 3.1 miles
  • 8:30am start time
Race Route: 
The Half Marathon race begins at the intersection of Town and Front St. It heads north until Vine St. at which point runners will go west until hitting Olentangy River Road. The route continues north until looping around Ohio State University on Lane Street and heading back into town on High Street. Snake through town before heading back north on High St. to cross the finish line at the intersection of High St. and Town St. For a detailed race route please click here

Viewing Areas:
Want to catch a friend or loved one rock this race? Here are the best areas for spectating:

  • Start Line: Front St, north of the start line. Easy access to the finish line at High St
  • South Campus Gateway: Check out the south end of Ohio State University for a view of runners heading down High St.
  • Short North Arts District
  • German Village: 3rd Avenue between Livingston and Thurman Avenue
  • Finish Line: Easy access to the post race festivities. 

The Events

OhioHealth Health and Fitness Celebration:

This two day expo will feature vendors, guest speakers, and Mayor Coleman's VIP reception. Pick up your race day packet durin this event at the Great Columbus Convention Center's Battelle Grand at 400 N. High Street. Pick up will be held Thursday, April 28 from 12-8pm and Friday, April 29 from 10am-8pm. 

Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party:

Head to the festivities at the finish line after you crush the race to claim your free chocolate milk, sparking wine, Miller Lite, and slice of Papa John's pizza. Live music will be present. 

Logistically Speaking

With over 15,000 people converging on downtown Columbus and a sharp 8:00am start time, you'll want to ensure that you have your transportation plans locked down before race day. Driving to the race? Parking will be in high demand on race day. The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon has partnered with Parking Panda to take care of this nuisance well ahead of race day. Leave nothing to chance by reserving a guaranteed parking spot a location convenient to your needs. Click below to explore parking options. 

So pick up your packet, lace 'em up, and toe the start line. The bands and DJs lining the race course will have you moving and cruising through 13.1 easy miles. You'll push through the finish line knowing there's a free beer on the other side. The great race course will provide you with a unique tour of Columbus. And you're off!

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