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Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Updates Course

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SOURCE The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon will pass by the event's namesake charitable partner for its 35th running on October 19.

The event also will feature a combined start and finish at North Bank Park in the Arena District of Downtown Columbus. Joining these areas is expected to enhance excitement at what already is known as one of the most entertaining long-distance running and walking experiences in North America.

"Running or walking past Nationwide Children's Hospital will be very meaningful for our participants," said Bill Burns, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Columbus Marathon. "This will further enhance the connection between the event and the Hospital. This is the final piece to making this partnership complete. The excitement at that spot on the course will be electric."

The new combined start and finish areas also will hike energy levels while helping increase safety for athletes, as well as spectators, volunteers and the general public, said Race Director Darris Blackford.

"Everything will be in one easy- to-navigate location," Blackford said. "Pre- and post-race activities, restrooms, gear check, even spectator seating, informational displays and entertainment offerings will be unified. This event deserves a single home, and we are honored that it will be at North Bank Park."

While the inclusion of Nationwide Children's Hospital and the combined start/finish areas are new, much of the 13.1-mile ½ Marathon and 26.2-mile Marathon courses remain the same – including the Marathon route going through Ohio Stadium for the third straight year – helping to maintain the event's reputation as being fast and fun.

Expected to add excitement are route changes through two historic Columbus neighborhoods – Olde Town East and Harrison West. These areas have been part of the course for years, but now the route will travel along 18th Street in Olde Town East, and 3rd Avenue in Harrison West.

The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon boasts 100 bands and entertainers on course. Additionally, 24 of the mile markers feature a "Patient Champion" from the Hospital. There also is the "Encore Mile" made up of past "Patient Champions," and the "Angel Mile" honoring children who have passed away.

Said Blackford: "On the third Sunday of October, our message of "Triumph" will ring along the streets of Bexley, Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, The Ohio State University, and of course, Columbus."

Media Contact: Sarah Irvin, Sarah@Irvinpr.com, 614-296-4057

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