The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon will be held for the 41st time on Sunday, with this year marking the 15th edition of the ½ Marathon. 

It’s a welcome return for distance runners after last year’s edition of the race was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Officials announced in May that with progress made in the battle against COVID-19, the races would plan a return to an in-person race in October. The decision to hold the race in-person was made after race officials worked with local and state leaders and health officials for months.

The only hard part that’s left? Actually running the race. Here are a few tips to make Sunday as successful as possible for those participating.

Columbus Marathon: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon to be in-person this fall

When are the marathon and 1/2 marathon?

The 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile races will take place on Sunday with the start/finish line at North Bank Park at the intersection of Neil Avenue and Long Streets. The corrals open at 6 a.m. The wheelchair division will kick off at 7:25 a.m. with the marathon and 1/2 marathon start times at 7:30 a.m.

The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon are scheduled for Sunday and will kick off at North Bank Park.

What COVID restrictions are there?

The Columbus Marathon board of trustees announced last month that all athletes, volunteers, event personnel and vendors in an “active athlete area” —  such as the Health and Fitness Expo, start/finish areas and fluid stations —  must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to participation in the event Sunday.

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