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April 29, 2017

Half Marathon/Quarter Marathon/5k

Spectator Viewing Guide

Spectator viewing guide

The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Commit To Be Fit 5K can be equally fun for participants and spectators. Here are a few tips to cheer on your favorite runner or walker:


OhioHealth will sponsor five signmaking zones that will help you motivate your favorite participants. Three of the zones are at Panera Bread restaurants.

Ohio State University

  • Panera Bread, 300 Lane Ave.
  • Panera Bread, 1619 N. High St. in the South Campus Gateway District


  • Corner of 4th and Broad streets — perfect spot to cheer on QUARTER MARATHON and 5K participants

German Village

  • Bicentennial Park at Main Street and Civic Center Drive
  • Panera Bread, 684 S. High St.


In addition to the OhioHealth Spectator & Sign Making Zones, check out these prime viewing spots:

Spectator viewing guide

Start Line

The best spot to view the start is on Front Street north of the Start Line at Columbus City Hall. Stay on the east side of Front Street for easy access to High Street.

South Campus Gateway

The district on the south end of the Ohio State campus offers a prime view of Half Marathon participants cruising down High Street. The area features a Panera Bread at 1619 N. High St.

Short North Arts District

After the start of the race, head north on High Street to the Short North, where you can grab a cup of coffee and wait for Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon participants.

German Village

Third Avenue between Livingston and Thurman avenues is another popular spot that also features cafes and bakeries.

Finish Line

Spectators are allowed on both sides of High Street leading to the Finish Line. After the race, meet your participant in the Family Reunion Zone in the Columbus Commons.


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