Dr. Bright is a board-certified family medicine and sports medicine physician, with a special focus on sports medicine, comprehensive care for runners, triathletes and cyclists, overuse injuries, stress fractures and Active Release Technique (ART). He is the director of the MAX Sports Medicine Endurance Academy, head team physician for Worthington Kilbourne High School and Otterbein College and serves as the medical director for The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Emerald City Half Marathon, and the Columbus Marathon. He previously served as a team physician for The Ohio State University Department of Athletics.
Dr. Bright is an avid marathon runner and triathlete, having completed over 40 marathons and ultramarathons including Columbus, Chicago, New York City and Boston marathons and the Hallucination 100 mile ultramarathon. In addition to multiple Olympic and sprint distance triathlons, he also completed Ironman Florida.
Recently, Dr. Bright was the No.1 ranked doctor in central Ohio for sports medicine in the 10TV and Columbus Dispatch's "Docs Rate Docs" survey. In 2011, he was also named one of Columbus Business First's "40 Under 40".
- Serves as the Medical Consultant and Pace Coach to Marathoner in Training (MIT)
- Marathon P.R. 3:02
- Half Marathon P.R. 1:25
- Favorite Distance: Marathon
Favorite Running Locations
- Central Ohio — Olentangy Trail and around my neighborhood
- Outside Ohio — single track trails in northern Michigan
- Outside US — around Lake Geneva in Switzerland
Check the Weather Forecast
Keep checking the weather forecast for Columbus at Weather Underground or other weather sites and plan to bring running clothes for a range of weather conditions.
Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event paying special attention to the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these predictions on the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon website so that participants can properly prepare for severe weather during the race as well as possible course alterations. Severe weather updates will also be sent to participants via email as necessary.
The Race Director and Medical Director will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include: altering the start time for the race or in extreme situations, cancellation of the event. Please listen closely to all public address announcements at the starting line of the race.
Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 30 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 30 minute increments.
If extreme heat is predicted, extra water will be provided to the athletes, both prior to, during and after the event. The medical team will be alerted that athletes may require additional medical attention during and after the event due to the high temperatures.
Flag Warning System
We have devised a flag warning system to communicate race conditions to participants on the course. Look for the color of the flag at each re-fueling station.
- Consult your physician.
- Fill out the Emergency Information and Medical History form on the reverse of your bib number.
- Listen to the weather forecast. Know the risks and plan accordingly when running during hot or cold conditions. Both heat-related injuries and hyponatremia are life-threatening conditions. Adjust your race and hydration plan accordingly.
- Develop and implement your individual plan for hydration. Be prepared to adjust your plan given the weather conditions and how you are feeling during the race.
- If you experience or feel you are about to experience a medical problem, ask for help immediately. It is foolish and dangerous to abuse your body.
- Help your fellow participants.