COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 2 2017) — Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Shetina Logan has been named Honorary Race Director of the 2017 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and 2017 USATF Half Marathon Championships.
Logan, executive director of the Sports Commission since its founding in 2002, and her team at the Sports Commission played a vital role in bringing the USATF Half Marathon Championships to Columbus 2016 and 2017.
“We are thrilled that Linda will be our Honorary Race Director in 2017 and help us celebrate the estimated 14,500 runners and walkers who will participate in the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon in 2017,” said David Babner, race director for the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon. “Linda has been one our biggest supporters since we established the Capital City Half Marathon in 2004 and our growth and success is due in large part to Linda and her fantastic team at the Sports Commission.”
Logan has been the "First Lady of Columbus Sports" since founding the Greater Columbus Sports Commission in 2002. Logan and her team have attracted more than 380 professional, amateur, youth and collegiate sporting events that have generated over $400 million in visitor spending Columbus in the past 14 years, including the NHL All-Star Game, The President's Cup, NCAA Division I Volleyball National Championship and NCAA Women's Final Four.
“I am honored to have been asked to be Honorary Race Director for the 2017 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and the USATF Half Marathon Championships,” Logan said. “Last year set a gold standard with USA Track & Field and I look forward to an even greater championship experience for the elite athletes, participants and spectators this spring.”
In January 2013, USA Track & Field awarded the 2016 & 2017 USATF Half Marathon Championships to Columbus shortly after Logan and Babner made a joint presentation at the organization's annual meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Capital City Half Marathon and the Sports Commission partnered to host the 2016 Half Marathon Championships, won by Christo Landry of Charlotte, N.C., and Tara Welling of Portland, Ore., respectively.
The 2017 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon will be held Saturday, April 29. The event will again host the USATF Half Marathon Championships and be broadcast LIVE on WBNS 10TV.
The 2017 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K and 2017 USATF Half Marathon Championships will be held in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods. All events begin and finish at the Columbus Commons, home of the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party and Miller LITE Post-Race Concert.
OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon sponsors include OhioHealth, Diamond Cellar, Papa John's, Marathon Petroleum, Byers Airport Subaru, Tequila Patrón, Giant Eagle, Miller LITE, WBNS 10TV, Gatorade Endurance, Diet Pepsi, 614 Magazine, TAG Heuer, Boom! Nutrition and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
For more information on the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and 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 a healthy active lifestyle. DailyBurn named The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon the "Best Half Marathon In Ohio" in January 2014. M3S Sports also produces the OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon, the Ohio State Four Miler, the 5th Line 5K in partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Memorial Tournament FORE! Miler and a variety of other running and walking events in Central Ohio. The Capital City Half Marathon will host the USA Half Marathon Championships in 2016 & 2017. For more information, visit www.capitalcityhalfmarathon.com and www.m3ssports.com.
The Greater Columbus Sports Commission is a catalyst, driving the collaborative efforts of the Central Ohio region in attracting and hosting a wide variety of sporting events. The Sports Commission provides the experience and expertise in sports marketing and event management that has established the region as a premier sports destination. Since 2002, the Sports Commission has booked more than 380 new sporting events that have generated over $400 million in visitor spending, while retaining annual events that have generated an additional $250 million. For more information, visit www.columbussports.org.