COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 8th Annual Capital City Half Marathon will generate an estimated $5 million in visitor spending when up to 15,000 runners take to the streets of downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods for the half marathon and related events on May 7, 2011, race director David Babner announced today.
The Capital City Half Marathon, which began in 2004, will attract a record field of up to 15,000 participants in four events in 2011: the Capital City Half Marathon (13.1 miles), the inaugural Capital City Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), the Commit To Be Fit 5k (3.1 miles) and the Kids Mascot Chase.
The 15,000 runners in the Capital City Half Marathon weekend will also attract an estimated crowd of 30,000 people to the streets of Columbus for the day's events. In addition, a new Health & Fitness Race Party to be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on May 5-6, 2011 will allow race participants to experience a unique expo and party atmosphere and encourage even more out-of-town runners to spend the weekend in Columbus.
“The Capital City Half Marathon has grown into the one of the largest annual road running events in Central Ohio and into a significant economic driver for our community,” Babner said. “An estimated 25 percent of our participants travel to Columbus from out of town, staying in our hotels and eating in our restaurants while making our race the focal point of a weekend in Columbus.”
Then $5 million in visitor spending generated by the Capital City Half Marathon is spent in restaurants ($1.6 million), retail ($1.15 million), transportation (950,000), recreation (800,000) and lodging ($500,000), according to formulas provided by Experience Columbus, the region's convention and visitor bureau.
The Capital City Half Marathon will strive to raise at least $1 million for a variety of charities — including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training and the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation programs — through a program that encourages participants to “run and walk for a reason.”
The Capital City Half Marathon, founded in 2004, is among the largest half marathons in the Midwest. An estimate 15,000 runners will compete in the Capital City Half Marathon (13.1 miles), Capital City Quarter Marathon (13.1 miles), Commit To Be Fit Fun Run (3 miles) and the Kids Mascot Chase. All events will be held May 7, 2011 in downtown Columbus.
For more information or to register for the Capital City Half Marathon or related events, visit www.capitalcityhalfmarathon.com.