2011 Cap City Weekend Recap
A MUSICAL START, A SPARKLING AND SWEET FINISH
8th ANNUAL CAPITAL CITY HALF MARATHON SERENADES OVER 11,000 RUNNERS, WALKERS AT START, THEN CELEBRATES ALL WITH SPARKLING WINE, CHOCOLATES AT FINISH LINE PARTY
A record field of runners and walkers were Celebrated like never before on Saturday May 7th in downtown Columbus. It started with a National Anthem played by Platinum Recording Artist O.A.R.'s saxophone player, Jerry DePizzo. The entertainment continued with 20 bands and 13 deejays on one the best tours of downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods. All of the Champion Athletes were then celebrated at the Byers Imports Xtra Mile Finish Line Party and Michelob Ultra Post Race Concert while enjoying Yellowtail Bubbles Sparkling wine and dark chocolate.
After DePizzo played the national anthem, champions and City Leaders including Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, former world heavyweight champion Buster Douglas and Super Bowl champion Mike Doss, encouraged participants and started the runners and walkers in each of the seven different starting corrals.
Capital City became the first road race in the country to toast its entire field with a complimentary glass of Yellow Tail Bubbles Sparkling wine to all finishers over the age of 21. Bavarian chocolates from Le Chocoholique were also provided to all finishers.
11,000 Celebrate at Byers Imports Xtra Mile Finish Line Party
The first-annual Byers Imports Xtra Mile Finish Line Party was the place to be after the 8th Annual Capital City Half Marathon. A full-length concert by the Columbus rock band SWAGG, complimentary Yellow Tail Bubbles Sparkling Wine and Le Chocoholique dark chocolates, cocktails at the VSX booth and the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden were among the many highlights. “Our mission is to CELEBRATE the success of every one of our participants and we did that and more this year at our Finish Line Party. We look forward to throwing an even bigger post-race celebration in 2012,” race director David Babner said.
The Diamond Cellar, Tag Heuer Recognize Inspirational Runners
Erika Beasley of Hilliard, Ohio and Peter Luft of Powell, Ohio received Tag Heuer timepieces at the Mayor's Champions VIP Reception on May 5 as part of the “The Ultimate Finisher's Medal” program. Beasley ran the Capital City Half Marathon in honor of her twin sister, Emily, who was born with cerebral palsy. Luft ran the half marathon after losing more than 60 pounds in the past year. The “Ultimate Finisher's Medal” program was sponsored by The Diamond Cellar and Tag Heuer.
Bicentennial Logo Presented at Mayor's VIP Champions Reception
The Capital City Half Marathon's 2012 Bicentennial Logo was unveiled on May 5 during the Mayor's Champions VIP Reception. Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council members Michelle Mills and Zach Klein and Andrea Cambern of WBNS-TV (Channel 10) helped race director David Babner unveil the logo that will be used to promote the 2012 Capital City Half Marathon. The race will be among the annual events that will help Ohio's capital city celebrate its 200th birthday in 2012.
Panel of Champions Draws Crowd at Health & Fitness Expo
The first Panel of Champions drew a large crowd to the Health & Fitness Expo on May 5 as national and local celebrities discussed “What It Takes to Be A Champion.” Panelists included former NFL and Ohio State football players Mike Doss and Anthony Schlegel, track star Stephanie Hightower, former major league pitcher Kent Mercker, former OSU basketball star Rick Smith, Danny O'Rourke of the Columbus Crew and Jerry DePizzo the rock band O.A.R. The event was emceed by Dan Fronzcak of WBNS-TV (Channel 10).
The Capital Kids Complete Training Program, Finish Half with Mayor Coleman
Mayor Michael B. Coleman joined more than 250 members of The Capital Kids program on the morning of May 7 as the youngsters each ran one-tenth of a mile to celebrate the completion of the Capital City Half Marathon's Be A Champion program. The race donated guide books and pedometers to more than 500 youth, who were challenged to run or walk the equivalent of 13 miles in the eight weeks prior to the Capital City Half Marathon. Those who did were invited to run the final .1-mile with Mayor Coleman on race day. The Capital Kids received official finisher's medals to celebrate their success.