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April 29, 2017

Half Marathon/Quarter Marathon/5k

Event Details

Date: April 29, 2017

Events: OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, Commit To Be Fit 5K

Participant Perks

  • The best tour of Columbus on two feet
  • Local bands, DJs, and cheer squads lining the course
  • Technical Race Shirt
  • Ultimate finishers medal
  • Outstanding finish line food
  • Yellowtail Sparkling Wine
  • Complimentary slice of Papa John's Pizza
  • First Beer "On The House"
  • Complimentary Snowville Chocolate Milk
  • Huge Byers Xtra Mile Finisher's Party and Post Race Concert
  • Entry in the 2-day OhioHealth Health & Fitness Celebration


The Events

Starting Line: Corner of Town St. and Front St.

OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon (13.1 miles) — 8:00am

The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon begins at the corner of Town and Front streets 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. The course then takes runners and walkers over the Main Street Bridge, around COSI Columbus, and over the Rich Street Bridge. Runners and walkers will then go along the Scioto Mile before finishing at the Columbus Commons. The Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party will again feature a Post-Race Concert headlined by SWAGG and FBA. Half Marathon runners and walkers will be treated to 50 bands and deejays throughout the course, which will have 8 aid stations.

In 2016 & 2017, the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon will feature the USATF Half Marathon Championships.

Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) — 8:00am

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 and Front streets, traveling west on Vine Street before heading north on Olentangy River Road. Quarter Marathon participants come across 3rd Ave. to High Street, 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, beer 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.

Commit To Be Fit 5K (3.1 miles) — 8:30am

The Commit To Be Fit 5K allows runners and walkers to enjoy the OhioHealth 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.

Giant Eagle Participant Recovery Zone — 8:00am–1:00pm

Finish Line: Columbus Commons
Once you cross the finish line, you'll enter the Giant Eagle Participant Recovery Zone, a secure area designated for participants only. In the recovery zone you will receive your Official Finisher's Medal and refuel with fruit, water, Gatorade, Panera bagels and Snowville chocolate milk. Once you leave the Giant Eagle Participant Recovery Zone, you head to the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party, where you can grab your bag from Gear Check and meet up with friends and family.

Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party — 9:00am–1:00pm

The Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party at the Columbus Commons features the Post-Race Concert, complimentary Yellow Tail Sparkling Wine, your first Beer "on the house", Patrón Palomas, complimentary Snowville Creamery and a complimentary slice of Papa John's Pizza. Full details here

Miller Lite Post-Race Concert — 9:00am–1:00pm

Featuring SWAGG and Special Guest FBA on Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion

The Diamond Cellar VIP Tent — 6:00am–1:00pm

The Diamond Cellar VIP Tent is located in the northeast corner of the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party.


Packet Pick Up Details

Packet Pick Up for the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Commit To Be Fit 5K will be held at the OhioHealth Health & Fitness Celebration.

Packet Pick Up will be held Thursday, April 28 from 12–8pm and Friday, April 29 from 10am–8pm.

Your bib number, Event Shirt and Official Event Guide must be picked up at The OhioHealth Health & Fitness Celebration. There will be NO RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP. Please send us an email at if you have any questions.

The OhioHealth Health & Fitness Celebration 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 your Official Race Jacket) at the VIP Table inside the lounge at the OhioHealth Health & Fitness Celebration.


Gear Check

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.


Starting Corrals and Wave Start

To continue on our quest to make your race day experience remarkable at the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and 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 chart below to convert your pace/mile to an estimated finishing time (click to enlarge).

Finish Time Estimator

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.

Before April 1st: If you would like to change your estimated finish time for your race, simply log into your ImAthlete account and update your estimated finishing time. You will need your confirmation number that was emailed to you when you registered for the event. If you cannot locate your confirmation number please send an email to: .

After April 1st: If your training has gone better than expected, and you would like to move up to a faster corral, pick up your race number at the Health & Fitness Expo and then proceed to the "Solutions" table to be re-assigned to the appropriate corral. To move back to a slower corral, simply start in that corral on race morning. No official corral change is necessary.

Wave Start

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.



Course Maps 2016

Course Support:

Carb Boom!
  • The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon will be supported with 8 re-fueling stations and 1 Carb Boom! Energy Gel station along the course (Carb Boom! Energy Gel flavors available are: Apple Cinnamon, Banana Peach, Grape Pomegranate, Raspberry, Strawberry Kiwi and Vanilla Orange).
  • The Quarter Marathon will be supported with 3 re-fueling stations along the course.
  • The Commit To Be Fit 5K will be supported with 1 re-fueling station along the course.


Time Limit and Rules of the Road

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.

The following are NOT permitted in the Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon or Commit To Be Fit 5K:

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 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon reserves the right to disqualify participants who have any of the above items.


Runner Bibs

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.


Chip Timing

The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon will be using the MYLAPS Timing System.

  • Your bib must be visible on the front of your body
  • The foam MYLAPS Bibtag should REMAIN ATTACHED TO THE BIB
  • If you are starting or stopping a stop watch/GPS device, keep your arm 6 inches away from the bib to help the RFID signal reach your bibtag

Bib numbers are non-transferable — each bib must be worn by the registrant to whom it has been assigned.


Fleet Feet Sports / Marathoner In Training Pacers

Why use pacers?

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!

Come visit our Pacers and get all of you questions answered at the race expo in the Fleet Feet booth. Our fantastic pace team will be able to get you ready for race day!

Pacers will be provided for the following times:

Half Marathon Finishing Time h:mm (pace)

  • 1:45 (8:00 min/mile)
  • 1:50 (8:25 min/mile)
  • 1:55 (8:47 min/mile)
  • 2:00 (9:10 min/mile)
  • 2:05 (9:33 min/mile)
  • 2:10 (9:56 min/mile)
  • 2:15 (10:18 min/mile)
  • 2:20 (10:41 min/mile)
  • 2:25 (11:04 min/mile)
  • 2:30 (11:27 min/mile)
  • 2:40 (12:13 min/mile)
  • 2:50 (12:59 min/mile)
  • 3:00 (13:45 min/mile)
  • 3:20 (15:16 min/mile)

Quarter Marathon Finishing Time h:mm (pace)

  • 0:55 (8:25 min/mile)
  • 1:00 (9:10 min/mile)
  • 1:05 (9:56 min/mile)
  • 1:10 (10:41 min/mile)
  • 1:15 (11:27 min/mile)
  • 1:20 (12:13 min/mile)
  • 1:25 (12:59 min/mile)
  • 1:30 (13:45 min/mile)
  • 1:40 (15:16 min/mile)

Which pace group?

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.

Where to find the pacers on race morning?

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.


Runner Tracking

Want to track your favorite runner or walker during the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon or 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 the Wednesday before race day.


Awards and Divisions

  • Every participant will receive a finisher's medal and gender-specific technical shirt.
  • Searchable results will be posted after the race


Race Photos

Free race photos!

The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon has partnered with CapCity Sports Media to offer FREE, professional race photographs to all finishers.

CapCity Sports Medial will take an estimated 40,000 photos before, during an after the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and 2017 USATF Half Marathon Championships.

All photos will be available for FREE downloads and FREE sharing on social media, H-Res downloads and other products are available for purchase for as low as $6.99.

CLICK HERE to view 2016 Official Race Photographs.


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