Capital City Half Marathon Race Review

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Experienced runners know that participating in the Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon or Columbus Promise 5K race not only is enjoyable but also beneficial. Discover more about this event and how you can participate.

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Start and Finish Line

On Saturday, April 30, OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Patron Quarter Marathon and Commit to be Fit 5K races take place across Columbus. Their courses are mostly flat without significant rises or declines in elevation and pass numerous notable sites like Ohio State University and Arena District – home of NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets – on their tours through Columbus streets.

Races are open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, with each participant receiving a gender specific technical shirt, best-in-class finisher’s medal, recovery food for runners, access to the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party featuring post-race concerts as well as discounted team registration of two or more individuals and at least one being at least 14 years old. Individual registrants may save $10 by registering as part of a team; teams consisting of two or more individuals must include at least one who must include someone aged 14+ within their ranks. Registrants who register as part of a team will save $10 on registration; teams consisting of two or more individuals must include at least one member aged 14+ before saving $10 when registering as individuals alone.

Race Cost

Run/walk participants can register for the half marathon, quarter marathon, or 5K by visiting the event website and paying registration fees of $115 for the half marathon, $90 for quarter marathon, $55 for 5K – as well as taking advantage of VIP registration benefits including special zip-up jacket, VIP packet pickup service, free parking access and admission to Diamond Cellar VIP tent with catered breakfast and lunch service as well as celebration cocktails after race completion.

Participants are strongly advised to arrive early for the Expotique and Panera Bread Rapid Packet Pick Up at The Vue Columbus 95 Liberty St on Thursday April 25 and Friday April 26 from 8 am-7 pm respectively. Expotique opens at 8 a.m. while packet pickup closes at 7 p.m.

USA Track & Field has certified the courses for the half marathon, quarter marathon and 5K events as being on what is known as the Shortest Possible Route (SPR). This method involves calibrating GPS devices used by athletes, multiple measurements and verifications. Orange cones and yellow arrows mark the path, and signs throughout direct spectators to optimal viewing locations. Athletes should listen for announcers or watch for course marshals who may assist them navigating any tricky sections.


OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Patron Quarter Marathon and Columbus Promise 5K races offer fast and flat courses in an engaging atmosphere, showcasing Columbus’ diverse streets, neighborhoods and entertainment districts to thousands of runners and walkers from around the region.

The race courses follow a point-to-point route that runs clockwise around Columbus city centre. The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon includes an attractive stretch along Scioto River and passes many significant sites like Ohio State University, Nationwide Arena (home of NHL team Columbus Blue Jackets) and Arena District. Both races are designed for runners and walkers of all abilities without significant elevation changes that might make their paths treacherous or impassible.

Running participants should follow their bibs when running through the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party and Post-Race Concert course, though participants are welcome to go against the grain of their pack provided they stay within their pace range. All registered for the race receive gender-specific technical shirts, best-in-class finisher medals, as well as recovery food at its Post Race Concert Party and Afterparty.

Each year, this event brings over 12,000 runners and walkers to Columbus for this annual run/walk event. Columbus’ bustling business district and entertainment areas become packed with spectators cheering on these athletes.

At the race site, spectator viewing is free and open to the public. There are multiple prime viewing locations throughout the city that provide spectacular views of runners. It is advised that spectators arrive early as there may be rolling road closures on race day; therefore it’s advised they arrive as soon as possible at each site.


Official OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Patron Quarter Marathon and Columbus Promise 5K merchandise will be available for sale at the event. Registrants will receive gender specific technical shirts as well as best-in-class finisher medals and access to the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party and Post-Race Concert.

Established by M3S Sports in 2004, this event showcases Columbus’ diverse neighborhoods and entertainment districts to runners from around the globe. Following two years of inactivity due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, last year’s race will return to its traditional in-person format with 12,000 expected participants taking part this Saturday.

This year’s race is pleased to partner with Columbus Fashion Alliance and designer Made Reese on participant event shirts for this year’s participants. CFA is an organization comprised of Columbus creatives passionate about fashion who aim to empower local designers break through traditional norms through resources, access and coaching. Reese himself is a self-taught fashion designer, youth fashion instructor with CFA, streetwear brand founder catering specifically towards women; has collaborated with Adidas on projects; each registered participant will receive this exclusive shirt!

Post-Race Celebration

Columbus is located in the geographical center of Ohio and boasts an abundance of running trails and scenic areas to enjoy. Furthermore, Columbus hosts several world-class events that draw in visitors and tourists from across the nation – one such event being the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon held each April; featuring a flat course and entertainment-packed finishers party along its route which tours Columbus downtown streets, historic neighborhoods such as Short North, Victorian Village and German Village and features few rises/falls in elevation making it suitable for runners/walkers of all ability levels!

OhioHealth supports M3S Sports’ race, which has quickly expanded from being a local race with less than 3,000 participants to drawing participants from 50 states and other countries each year, generating an estimated $7.5 million to the local economy each year, according to event organizers. It is known for providing top-class treatment to participants; providing all finishers a complimentary slice of pizza; with new Columbus-based Jet’s Pizza signing on as sponsor this year!

Closing Thoughts

Finishers of both the half marathon and quarter marathon will receive not only a free pizza slice, but also a medal, gender-specific technical shirt, an official event guide and additional merchandise available at Expotique as well as Fleet Feet Sports selling official race shirts.

Running and walking participants can use the Live Tracking system on the event website to monitor their progress during the race, providing updates about where a participant is on the course as well as their pace and estimated finishing time. After finishing, runners and walkers alike are welcome to stay for postrace festivities at Columbus Commons that feature Yellow Tail Bubbles Sparkling Wine, Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party, and North to Nashville concert performances.

The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon is an exhilarating race that showcases downtown Columbus, its historic neighborhoods, and Arena District to thousands of spectators and volunteers. Part of the USA Half Marathon Championship series and qualifying as a Boston qualifier in 2016, 2023’s edition will take place on Saturday April 29.

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