COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 8th Annual Capital City Half Marathon will draw a record field of up to 15,000 runners and walkers when the downtown road race unveils exciting new elements to encourage participants to “Celebrate Like A Champion” in 2011.
The 8th Annual Capital City Half Marathon will be held May 7, 2011 and feature four distinct races, including the namesake half marathon that has been held annually in downtown Columbus since 2004. This year's race will feature a new championship course that will take runners through a collection of neighborhoods along a five-mile stretch of High Street between the University District and German Village now known as High Five Columbus.
“We will Celebrate Columbus in 2011 by featuring a dynamic new race course that will guide our participants through the many unique neighborhoods that make up the character of our community,” race director David Babner said. “The High Five course includes the University District, South Campus Gateway, Short North, Arena District and German Village neighborhoods that represent the qualities that make Columbus great.”
The 8th Annual Capital City Half Marathon will also feature:
“The Capital City Half Marathon's four races provide runners and walkers of all ages and capabilities the opportunity to Celebrate Like A Champion,” Babner said. “The first-ever Capital City Quarter Marathon will give participants a challenging middle distance and will quickly become one of the most popular distances.”
To encourage runners and walkers to spend a weekend, race organizers will debut the two-day Capital City Race Expo Party at the newly-renovated Battelle Grand in 2011. The party will feature a one-of-a-kind pre-race experience including a VIP Lounge, disc jockeys providing constant entertainment, and an appealing lineup of vendors that extends beyond the traditional shoe and apparel companies. “The Race Party will redefine the concepts of race expo and packet pick-up,” Babner said. “This won't be your stand pipe-and-drape. We will provide an atmosphere that will allow us to properly Celebrate You.”
The Hyatt Regency Columbus, attached to Battelle Hall and a short walk from the start and finish lines for day's events, will serve as the host hotel for the first time in 2011. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for Capital City Half Marathon participants. Call 1-614-463-1234 to book a room.
The Capital City Half Marathon has added additional charity partners and will unveil a charitable effort l aimed at raising $1 million for all partner charities.
The Capital City Half Marathon will partner with the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation program for the first time. DetermiNation allows runners and walkers to receive a free race entry, training tips and VIP benefits in exchange for dedicating training to the only charity program that helps saves lives from all cancers.
Capital City will also partner with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program again in 2011, as it has annually since 2005. Team In Training participants hope to raise more than $200,000 for research, patient services and education in the effort to find a cure for blood cancers.
In addition, The Capital City Half Marathon benefits the City of Columbus' Capital Kids after-school program. The partnership with the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department will provide incentives for hundreds of youth to complete the equivalent of a half-marathon between January and May. Those who complete the new program will be celebrated by Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman as part of the Capital City Half Marathon festivities.
The Capital City Half Marathon, founded in 2004 and produced by M3S Sports, has grown into one of the largest half marathons in the Midwest. The race weekend will generate an estimated $5 million in visitor spending when the Capital City Half Marathon and related events in Columbus on May 7, 2011.