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MEDIA ADVISORY: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Training Begins with RunFest July 7th


Columbus, OH - 7/6/2012

WHAT:
The Third Annual FREE RunFest event to kick off the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon training season; announcement of entire field of the 26 “Patient Champions” who will represent each mile on the Marathon’s route

WHEN:
Saturday, July 7, 2012
1 – 4 p.m.
*suggested arrival time at 2 p.m. to capture announcement of entire field of Patient Champions

WHERE:
Landmark Aviation, 4130 E. Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43219

BACKGROUND:
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon is one of the largest marathon and ½ marathon events in the United States and the largest marathon in Ohio. RunFest is a celebration bringing together runners and walkers, supporters, enthusiasts and novices – to remind them to kick their training into high gear, and to commemorate the new partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 

The first 1,000 attendees will enjoy free food from their choice of several Columbus food trucks: Sweet Carrots, Pitabilities, Green Meanie, OH! Burgers, Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Additionally, attendees can visit health and fitness related booths; get free Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon swag; enjoy live entertainment; and have the chance to win incredible prizes.

The full lineup of Patient Champions, Nationwide Children’s Hospital patients who will serve as fundraising ambassadors at each mile marker, will be announced by the Marathon and Nationwide Children’s. Nearly 20 of the 26 Patient Champions and their families will be in attendance at the event. A formal program to announce the field will begin promptly at 2:15 p.m.

OTHER:
The 33rd Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2012 and will have the capacity of 7,000 full Marathoners and 11,000 1/2 Marathoners. For more information and to register visit: www.columbusmarathon.com.

For more information, contact:
Sarah Irvin Clark, 614.296.4057 (cell)
Mary Ellen Peacock, 614.937.7316 (cell)

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