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Columbus Raised Over $1Million

Columbus Marathon

More than $1.1 million and counting was raised for Nationwide Children’s Hospital; for a total of more than $3 million raised since the partnership with the event started.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oct 2014 – The 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon featured nearly perfect weather, an all-new combined start/finish, and a trek past its title beneficiary, Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Following were highlights of the day:

More than $1.1 million and counting was raised for Nationwide Children’s Hospital; for a total of more than $3 million raised since the partnership with the event started;
The 1/2 Marathon Men’s Record fell; Nelson Oyugi of Kenya won in an event-record time of 1:03:24
For the 8th year in a row, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon sold-out in record time.

Additionally, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patients and their families were along every mile of the course to cheer on athletes and serve as a visual reminder of how the marathon is helping ill and injured children, regardless of ability to pay.

“We sold out one full month before we last year and that’s a testament to our 18,000 athletes, 3,000 volunteers and countless supporters who have made the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and 1Ž2 Marathon possible for 35 years,” said Darris Blackford, Race Director. “Supporting such a great cause has added a tremendous amount of meaning and motivation for all involved.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon

Columbus, OH., Sunday, October 19, 2014

Marathon – Men

Meshack Kirwa, Kenya                                      2:18:19
Kennedy Kemei, Kenya                                    2:19:32
Tony Migliozzi, North Canton, OH               2:20:53

Marathon – Women

Lauren Woodring, Bethel Park, PA            2:41:27
Irina Alexandrova, Hebron, KY                     2:43:36
Stephanie Telek, Dayton, OH                        2:45:27

Half-Marathon – Men

Nelson Oyugi, Kenya                                           1:03:24*
Patrick Cheptoek, Uganda                              1:05:32
Siraw Kebede Gelaw                                          1:05:41

Half-Marathon – Women

Lilian Mariita, Kenya                                          1:14:02
Etaferahu Temesgen, Ethiopia                    1:14:05
Allison Morgan, Lexington, KY                      1:15:28

Marathon – Wheelchair Male

Chad Johnson, Corydon, IN                            2:01:45

*Event record



  • 24 Miracle Mile Patient Champions who have shared their stories to inspire
  • 3,000 volunteers making this marathon possible
  • 48 states represented by our athletes (we’re just short North and South Dakota!)
  • 19 countries are represented by our athletes (Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Slovenia, United Kingdom and of course, the USA!)
  • Nearly 100 bands and entertainers add extra cheer
  •    27-member marathon team and 11-member marathon board of directors that have put in approximately 10,000 hours of planning
  •     Approximately 60,000 people attend the Health & Fitness Expo
  •    Approximately 60,000 to 100,000 spectators cheer on athletes on Race Day


  •   250,000 White Castle cups of water to quench thirst
  •      250,000 Cups of Lemon-Lime Gatorade (approximately 11,600 gallons of Gatorade) when water just doesn’t cut it
  •     18,000 granola bars, pretzels, chips, yogurt, bananas and chocolate milk to replenish at the Finish Line
  •     600 portable bathrooms for relief – a new record!
  •     24,000 Clif Shot energy gels to refuel (vanilla, mocha, raspberry and citrus flavored!)
  •    96 portable generators to power the course


  •    1 Angel Mile to honor, remember and celebrate the angels of Nationwide Children’s who have already finished their race
  •     1 Encore Mile, for the patients who lined the 2012 and 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1Ž2 Marathon
  •   10,000 feet of fencing (nearly 2 miles) along various parts of the course
  •      201,600 watt sound system rev up runners at the Start Line
  •   27 permits throughout five different police jurisdictions close down 26 miles of roads

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