Date: May 2, 2015
Events: Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon, Commit To Be Fit 5K
Starting Line: Corner of Town St. and Front St.
The 11th Edition of the Capital City Half Marathon will take runners and walkers on “the best tour of Columbus on two feet.” The race begins at the corner of Town St. and Front St. and takes participants north, mostly along Olentangy River Road, to the Ohio State University campus. The course cuts across the Lane Avenue bridge and past Ohio Stadium to High Street, where runners and walkers travel through the city's most unique neighborhoods, including University District, Campus Gateway, the Short North Arts District, Arena District and German Village. For the first time, the course will take runners and walkers over the Main Street Bridge, around COSI Columbus, and over the Broad Street Bridge. Runners will run along the Scioto Mile before finishing at the Columbus Commons. The Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party will feature the Michelob Ultra Post-Race Concert, headlined by SWAGG. Half Marathon runners and walkers will be treated to 50 bands and deejays throughout the course, which will have 8 aid stations.
The “Quarter Marathon” is an M3S Sports signature distance that allows runners and walkers to enjoy “a half of a half.” The course features much of the same characteristics of the Half Marathon course, with runners and walkers starting at the corner of Town St. and Front St., traveling west on Vine Street before heading north on Olentangy River Road. Quarter Marathon participants come across 3rd Ave. to High St., where they are treated to the Short North, Arena District, and Downtown before finishing at the Columbus Commons. But while the race is only half as long, the post-race celebration is the same as the Half, with Yellow Tail Sparkling Wine, Michelob Ultra and Patron Palomas served at the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party. Quarter Marathon participants are entertained by an estimated 25 bands and deejays, and will enjoy 3 aid stations.
The Commit To Be Fit 5K allows runners and walkers to enjoy the Capital City Half Marathon by participating in a 3.1-mile race in Downtown Columbus. The 5K course takes runners and walkers north on Front Street to Vine Street, back south on High Street before touring Downtown on Broad, S.Fourth and High streets before finishing at the Columbus Commons. The Commit To Be Fit course has 1 aid station.
The Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party at the Columbus Commons features the Michelob Ultra Post-Race Concert, complimentary Yellow Tail Sparkling Wine, your first Michelob Ultra "on the house" and Patrón Palomas. Full details here
Featuring SWAGG and Special Guest FBA on Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion
The Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone features family-friendly inflatable games and carousel rides. Inflatable games and carousel rides are FREE.
Mayor Michael B. Coleman's Capital Kids After School Program and the Columbus Recreations and Parks Department will host the Capital Kids Fit & Fun Village for children 12 and under with the mission of encouraging and celebrating an active healthy lifestyle.
Capital Kids Fit & Fun Village will be held from 9am to 11am on Saturday, May 2 at the Columbus Commons. Activities will include group calisthenics, three-legged races, line dancing and other organized activities. Mascots from local sports teams and organizations will be featured from 9:30–10am. Participation in the Capital Kids Fit & Fun Village is FREE.
The Capital Kids Fit & Fun Village and the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone will be located in the southeast corner of the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party in the Columbus Commons.
The Diamond Cellar VIP Tent is located in the northeast corner of the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party.
Packet Pick Up for the Capital City Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon and Commit To Be Fit 5K will be held at the OhioHealth Health & Fitness Expo.
Packet Pick Up will be held Thursday, May 1 from 2–8pm and Friday, May 2 from 10am–8pm.
Your bib number, Under Armour Event Shirt and Official Event Guide must be picked up at The OhioHealth Health & Fitness Expo. There will be NO RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP. Please send us an email at if you have any questions.
The Health & Fitness Expo is located at Greater Columbus Convention Center's Battelle Grand (Third Floor of the Hyatt Regency) 400 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. Click HERE for a map. There is street parking around the expo location and a parking garage next to the hotel on Nationwide Boulevard.
Please bring a printed copy of the email confirmation with your bib number assignment that we will email to you the week of the event (you may also show the email on your smart phone) and your picture ID.
If you are picking up a packet for a friend please bring a copy of their email confirmation with their bib number assignment and a photo copy or picture of their photo ID.
If you are a Race VIP, you will Pick Up Your Packet (which will also include you Official Under Armour Race Jacket) at the VIP Table inside the Lounge at the OhioHealth Health & Fitness Expo.
Gear Check will be located in the southeast corner of the Columbus Commons.
Gear Check will be open from 6am to 12:30pm. All bags must be marked with NAME, PHONE NUMBER (and if possible a phone number of someone not running SO we can call with any questions) and BIB NUMBER.
All bags will be scanned and may be searched.
The area will be staffed all day.
To continue on our quest to make your race day experience remarkable at the Capital City Half and Patrón Quarter Marathon we are implementing a Corral starting system and wave start. Runners and walkers for both races will be positioned in the starting area based upon estimated finishing times. Please reference the below chart to convert your pace/mile to an estimated finishing time (click to enlarge).
There are seven corrals: Corral A, Corral B, Corral C, Corral D, Corral E, Corral F, Corral 5K.
Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon participants should LOAD INTO CORRALS BY 7:40AM. 5K participants should LOAD INTO THE 5K CORRAL BY 8:00AM. 5K participants should enter the 5K Corral from Rich or Main streets.
Our Corral team will allow you into the Corral that corresponds with the letter on your bib. Any issues with your estimated finishing time must be resolved prior to race day.
On race day, you will be permitted to move to a slower Corral (higher letter) but you may not move to a faster one (lower letter). Please plan extra time at the start to make sure you are in the correct Corral.
When the starting horn is sounded, the first corral will be released. The rest of the participants will be moved forward to the starting line. At pre-determined intervals the starting horn will be sounded and the next corral will be released. This process will continue until all of the corrals have been released. By using this staggered starting method, the pack will be spread out and allow every runner to settle into their race pace from the start to the finish line.
The course will remain open for four (4) hours, thus the course will close on a continuous pace of 18:19 per mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the 18:19-minute-per-mile pace must move to the sidewalks as the course closes to allow regular vehicular traffic through.
Coaches, pets, skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, baby joggers, or any other types of vehicles (other than official vehicles) are not permitted on the course. These regulations are for your safety and the safety of the other participants in the race. Please do not bring or carry any of these items with you. The Staff of the Capital City Half Marathon reserves the right to disqualify participants who have any of the above items.
All registered participants will receive a bib number that must be worn on race day. Please do not alter the bib in any way. The bib must be visible and worn on the front outside of all clothing during the entire race.
Bib numbers are non-transferable — each bib must be worn by the registrant to whom it has been assigned.
Pacers are at the starting line with a focus on the needs of the runners in their group. First, the pressure of calculating the pace is removed — the pacer will keep a steady pace that takes stress off the runner — no starting off too fast. Advice and encouragement are the benefits to running with the pacers. Pacers are experienced runners (many are coaches) who want to give back to the running community — it is a voluntary position so they are here to share their love for the sport and help the runner achieve their goals. Pacers will help keep the runner motivated through conversation, stories, and/or sage advice. Lastly, it is fun to run with a group and meet others who share your goals! Pacers will be provided for the following times:
A pacer cannot offer miracles — it is dependent on the runner's training. When choosing a pace group, consider your training pace — your longest run each week is usually run a minute to a minute and a half slower per mile than your race pace. Use a pace calculator and figure out what your race pace should be — then choose a group accordingly. During the race you can move to a slower/faster group depending upon your needs.
The Pace Leaders will assemble in the corrals and will be holding their pace sign with the expected finish time and will be wearing pacing shirts. At 15 minutes before the race they will let runners know how they will handle water stops — this is the time that runners can ask last minute questions.
The Capital City Half Marathon will be using the MYLAPS Timing System.
Bib numbers are non-transferable — each bib must be worn by the registrant to whom it has been assigned.
Want to track your favorite runner or walker during the Capital City Half Marathon or Patrón Quarter Marathon? Follow the below links ON RACE DAY and ENTER A LAST NAME to find your participant.
The tracking system will show you where the runner or walker is on the course, pace and estimated finish.
Searching will be enabled on Wednesday April 30th.
Finish Line: Columbus Commons • Finish line map ( 660 KB)
Once you cross the finish line, you'll enter Runner Recovery, a secure area designated for participants only. In runner recovery you will receive your finisher's medal, refuel with fluids and refreshments, and have your photo taken. Once you leave Runner Recovery you cannot re-enter. Just outside of Runner Recovery, you can grab your gear, meet up with friends and family, and head over to the Xtra Mile Finish Line Party!
The Capital City Half Marathon is partnering with MarathonFoto in 2014 to provide Official Event Photographs to participants in the Capital City Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon and Commit To Be Fit 5K.