COLUMBUS, Ohio (January 5, 2016) — For the first time in history, the winners of the 2016 Men's & Women's USATF Half Marathon Championships will be awarded Championship Rings custom designed by the jewelers at Diamond Cellar, event organizers announced today.
The 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships, which will bring the nation's best long-distance runners to Columbus, will be held April 30 as part of the National Championship Edition of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon.
The National Championship rings, presented to the winners of the men's and women's championship races, are made from white gold, diamonds, sapphires and rubies. The ladies' ring is valued at $6,200 and the men's ring is valued at $6,700.
“Columbus is a city that ‘Crowns Champions.’ For the first time in the history of the Championships, we are thrilled to award the 2016 USA Half Marathon Champions with these amazing rings custom designed by the jewelers at Diamond Cellar,” said David Babner, race director of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon. “National champions in football, baseball and other sports earn championship rings, so we wanted to introduce this great tradition to world-class running”.
The 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships is USA Track & Field's most prestigious race for the half marathon (13.1 miles). An estimated 100 men and 100 women will compete for a combined $120,000 in prize and incentive money. Diego Estrada of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Kim Conley of Sacramento, Calif., are the defending national champions.
The Diamond Cellar is the Official Jeweler of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and title partner of the Diamond Cellar VIP Experience, which includes the VIP Reception and a one of a kind VIP Experience on Race Day.
“Diamond Cellar is honored to award the winners of the USA Half Marathon Championship rings that are custom-designed by our jewelers, and are worthy of a champion,” said Andy Johnson, owner of the Diamond Cellar. “Diamond Cellar has been a proud partner of the Capital City Half Marathon for years and these rings are just another example of how we work with the event to give participants the ultimate experience.”
The 2016 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon and Commit To Be Fit 5K is expected to draw a sold-out field of 15,000 runners and walkers on April 30. All events will begin in downtown Columbus and finish at the Columbus Commons. All participants are treated to the Giant Eagle Participant Recovery Zone, Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party and Miller-Lite Post-Race Concert.
OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon sponsors include OhioHealth, KeyBank, Giant Eagle, Byers Airport Subaru, Marathon Petroleum, Papa John's of Central Ohio, Diamond Cellar, Miller Lite, WBNS 10TV, Panera Bread, Diet Pepsi, Yellow Tail Sparkling Wine, Patrón Tequila and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
For more information or to register, visit capitalcityhalfmarathon.com.
The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon was founded in 2004 and is produced by M3S Sports, a sports marketing firm based in Columbus dedicated to celebrating the healthy active lifestyle. The Capital City Half Marathon is “the best tour of Columbus on two feet” and features a course with more than 50 bands and DJs. Afterward, participants are treated to the Giant Eagle Participant Recovery Zone, Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party, Miller Lite Post-Race Concert and Diamond Cellar VIP Experience. DailyBurn named The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon the “Best Half Marathon In Ohio”. This year's event will be broadcast live on WBNS 10TV. The event will host the USATF Half Marathon Championships in 2016 & 2017. For more information, visit www.capitalcityhalfmarathon.com and www.m3ssports.com.
Founded in 1947 by Robert W. Johnson, Diamond Cellar Holdings is one of the largest independent jewelry companies in the country. With 2 Diamond Cellar locations and Store 5a in Columbus, Donoho's Jewellers in The Woodlands, Texas and Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Diamond Cellar Holdings is a family of jewelry stores with selections of branded jewelry and watches that are unparalleled. The Diamond Cellar stores feature a staff of in-house designer goldsmiths offering custom design and jewelry repair. For more information visit www.DiamondCellar.com.