Press Release

Runner’s World Coming To Columbus For OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, USATF Half Marathon National Championships

Runner's World

COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 6 2017) — Runner’s World, the largest and most influential media brand in running, is coming to Columbus as part of the 2017 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and 2017 USATF Half Marathon National Championships in April.

“Columbus is one of the best running destinations and among the leading host cities in the nation,” said David Babner, Race Director of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon. “We can’t wait to showcase Columbus and Franklin County, Cap City and the national half marathon championships to Runner's World and its millions of readers.”

Ali Nolan and Hannah McGoldrick

As part of the partnership, Runner's World’s Social Media Editor Hannah McGoldrick and Associate Editor Ali Nolan, the popular hosts of Runner's World web series Super Secret Mystery Meeting, will produce an episode in Columbus. This will be the second time the show has gone “on tour” at a race. The show, available on YouTube and, is described as an “off-the-record, honest, and fun take on running from two millennial runners.”

“Runner’s World is excited to partner with the Cap City Half Marathon by bringing the Super Secret Mystery Meeting team to Columbus and getting Runner's World in the hands of their passionate runners with a special free subscription offer,” said Jessica Murphy, managing director of Runner’s World.

The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon received rave reviews from runners, coaches and USA Track & Field staff when it hosted the USATF Half Marathon Championships for the first time in 2016.

“The Cap City Half exceeded every expectation. The athletes absolutely loved the race and atmosphere. After experiencing their hospitality first hand, I would put David Babner and his staff up with the very best globally. The 2016 edition was fantastic and I expect even bigger things in 2017,” said Josh Cox, a four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier who now represents many of the nation’s best long-distance runners.

Runner’s World, headquartered in Pennsylvania and published by Rodale Inc., is the most popular running magazine in the world. In the United States, Runner's World has a monthly circulation of more than 665,000 and monthly readership of more than 2.6 million. attracts 6.7 million unique visitors each month.

The 2017 USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships will be held Saturday, April 29 in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods in conjunction with the 2017 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and air LIVE on WBNS 10TV.

The men’s and women’s winners of the USATF Half Marathon Championships will receive $12,100 each, a National Championship Ring courtesy of the Diamond Cellar and a TAG Heuer Winners Watch, also courtesy of the Diamond Cellar. The men’s and women’s rings are each valued at more than $6,000 and the watches are valued at approximately $1,500 each. Total prize and incentive money for the USATF Half Marathon Championships is more than $125,000.

USA Track & Field awarded the 2016 and 2017 Men’s & Women’s USATF Half Marathon Championships to Columbus in February 2012 after a joint bid by M3S Sports, which produces the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.

An estimated 14,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate in the 14th Annual OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, OhioHealth Quarter Marathon and 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K on April 29, 2017 in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods.

For more information on the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and to register, visit

About the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon

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 and