(From the February 2013 Issue of MedStat)
Ohio’s largest marathon will celebrate the first year of its new charitable partnership with Nationwide Children’s with a 50-percent hike in financial support from the Columbus Marathon’s board to the hospital. In announcing last January that Nationwide Children’s would become the title beneficiary of the Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon, the Columbus Marathon’s board of directors pledged a donation of up to $100,000 to match support from participants and sponsors. In closing the 2012 books for the non-profit event, the board increased its donation to a total of $150,000, boosting the total support raised for Nationwide Children’s from participants, company sponsors and the Marathon board to $925,000. Registration opened January 20 for the 34th annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon. The 2013 race will be held Sunday, October 20. The event has sold out for six straight years. Entry levels are capped at 7,000 runners and walkers in the Marathon and 11,000 runners and walkers in the ½ Marathon.