Participants will be able to gain the full experience of the event for the first time in two years.

Columbus, Ohio – Half marathon in the Ohio capital returns to downtown Columbus.

Thousands of runners are expected to take part in Saturday’s events, and they will also be able to experience the full event in person for the first time in two years.

Whether you’re a runner, a spectator, or just about to visit downtown this weekend, here’s everything you need to know.

Details of the race

Runners can pick up their packages at Vue Columbus at 95 Liberty Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. There is free parking in the number of places on the Freedom Street section.

On Saturday, half marathons and half marathons start at 8 am, and Cap City 5K – at 8:30 am. All activities will begin on High and Rich streets.

Participants are strongly encouraged to appear for the race earlier. From 6.00 to 13.00 in the tents you can hand over equipment and personal belongings

Once the runners cross the finish line, they will be marked in the Giant Eagle Curbside Express Recovery Zone, where they will receive their Official Finisher Medal, as well as food and refueling water.


Participants and spectators are invited to park in the garages near the Columbus Commons building.

Preferred, paid parking is available at the locations listed in the photos below and at the event website.

Road closures

Starting at 17.00 on Friday, the organizers will start setting up equipment in the city center. The following roads and intersections will be closed from Friday evening to Saturday:

  • High Street from Broad Street to Rich Street
  • West Town Street from West Front Street and South High Street
  • East Town Street from South Third Street to Columbus Garage
  • East Rich Street from High Street to South Third Street

On race day Interstate Route 70 will be closed between I-71 and Rt. 315. In addition, all traffic to downtown Columbus will be diverted via I-670 or East Broad Street.

The race will also block roads that will hit streets across the city from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

You can learn about roadblocks and detours here.

The excitement before this year’s race

The distances for the 5k and quarter and half marathons are the same as in 2019. As in the years before the pandemic, the race will begin and end at Columbus Commons with a big celebration.

“We want everyone to participate in this celebration, so we will keep registration open until the day of the race,” said race director David Babner.

Babner believes that this year’s event will be big if Columbus is almost back to normal and the marathon is personal.

“It’s very important for all the participants to go down, all the residents will come down, we have people from almost every state in the country, people from some other countries will come to us, it’s great to see everyone together again in Columbus,” he said.

What’s new for this year’s event is that runners will see and hear two dozen PNC power plants with live music and DJs throughout the race.

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