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April 25, 2020

Half Marathon/Quarter Marathon/5k

USATF Half Marathon Championships

2016 championship race

The USATF Half Marathon Championships were held in conjunction with the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon in 2016 and 2017.

At the 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships in Columbus, Christo Landry of Charlotte, NC, won the men's national championship in 1:02:52 and Tara Welling of Portland, OR, won the women's title in 1:10:25.

In 2017, Leonard Korir, a Kenyan native, won his third national title since becoming an U.S. citizen in June 2016 when he won the men’s national championship in 1:03:04. Natosha Rogers, of Littletown, Colo., competing in a half marathon for the first time, won the women’s national championship in 1:10:45.

The 2017 USATF Half Marathon Championships offered $84,600 in prize money, with $12,100 awarded to the winner of the men's and women's races. The event paid the top 20 finishers in the men's and women's elite field.


Quotes from 2016 USATF Championships Athletes/Agents

“The Cap City Half did a phenomenal job hosting their inaugural national championship. The course showcases the city and the crowds of people cheering give a boost to every racer! There isn't a better race to debut in the half marathon.” — Christo Landry, Men’s Champion (his debut half marathon)

“The Cap City Half was one of the best road races I have been to. The staff was very accommodating, positive and recruited many top runners from around the nation to put on a high caliber race. A runner of any level should make this a bucket list event!” — Tara Welling, Women's Champion

“The Capital City Half team did an amazing job in their first year as a USARC host. The entire weekend was as well done as any road race you'll find across the country. They treated the athletes like superstars and really raised the bar in terms of how to promote the elite field. Going back to Columbus has been on my radar since the moment the 2016 race ended.” — Ben Rosario

“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 better things in 2017.” — Josh Cox

“I thoroughly enjoyed the racing experience in Columbus, the people of Columbus were phenomenal. Additionally, I felt the course was certainly of championships caliber.” — Dan Kremske, 12th place male

“Five stars. Everything about this race was great, loved all of it.” — Charlie Hurt, 17th place male

“This was my first road championship event, and you all set the bar very high. I look forward to coming back and speaking positively of the event to anyone that asks!” — Noah Droddy, 9th place male

“One of the friendliest and most amazing events I have ever been to. It would be phenomenal if Columbus could host the marathon trials!” — Obsie Birru, 15th place female

“Everything was clean and concise; I rate this event as one of my very best experiences ever.” — Orinthal Striggles, 57th place male

“The event went beyond expectations of the runners and every single elite was given VIP treatment. It makes us want to train even harder and come back next year. This race and its organizers really understands the commitment, hard work and sacrifices we all make to be here.” — Carlos Roa, 42nd place male

“This was one of the best organized USATF events I have ever attended. Columbus did a stellar job as a first time host city.” — Conrad Laskowski, 37th place male


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