Training Groups

Marathoner In Training

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Marathoner In Training is an official Half Marathon Training Program of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon. Have you always wanted to run a half marathon? Are you looking to set a new PR?

MIT will teach you about running or walking in cool and cold weather, nutrition, goal setting, how to avoid injury, pacing, and much more. The MIT program will allow you to run comfortably without spending a great deal of time training or recovering! This training program is designed to prepare you for your best or your first half marathon — the proper way! You will be given a training plan to follow that will get you to the finish line healthy and happy! MIT's goal is to motivate, inform, and get you addicted to running/walking! Though many of our participants will have run before, the program is designed to accommodate all skill levels!

Join MIT, the official training group of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, for the experience of a lifetime as you prepare for this year's event. MIT's trained coaches have completed over 500 marathons combined and offer the support and motivation needed to reach your goals.

To sign up for the training program, or to get more information, visit the MIT Website.

The team that organizes Marathoner In Training also offers No Boundaries for beginners who are trying to complete their first 5K.

Columbus Eastside Running Club

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Columbus Eastside Running Club is a non-profit club offering training plans from 5k through full marathon for all ability levels. With locations in both Columbus and Baltimore, CERC is just a short drive from many areas in Franklin and Fairfield counties. Supported by Second Sole in Gahanna and OSU Sports Medicine, CERC members are currently training for a variety of races, including the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon. Whether you are looking to get started or to set that new PR, CERC provides you the tools you need in a fun, supportive environment!

Columbus Westside Running Club

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Columbus Westside Running Club is a FREE Running & Walking club on Columbus, Ohio's westside with weekly group runs and running events. Members enjoy discounts on races and apparel, support and encouragement and lots of high fives. Gatorade, water and snacks are provided at most runs.

Tuesday PM Runs start at 6:15pm from the Westgate Shelterhouse in Westgate Park (3271 Wicklow Rd. Columbus, OH 43204 — parking by the water tower). Saturday AM Runs start at 8am at the Hilltop YMCA (2879 Valleyview Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43204).

All events are self-paced, so no one is too fast or too slow! Come out and RUN or WALK with us! Sign up for free today at Columbus Westside Running Club

German Village Walking Club

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The German Village Walking Club is an urban walking group that meets every Saturday, year round. We gather at 8am in front of the Schiller Statue in German Village’s Schiller Park, and walkers and can choose either a 3-mile or 5-mile route through downtown Columbus. It doesn’t matter if you’re fast or slow, a veteran walker or a novice. We have got you covered with support. And, after our walks, we meet at Winans Chocolates and Coffee Shop, one block from the park to socialize, and solve the world problems.

The GVWC has four main goals: 1) promoting walking as an easy, cheap, and effective form of exercise; 2) showcasing Columbus’ cool downtown revitalization, incorporating different parks and neighborhoods into each route; 3) cultivating camaraderie and accountability through training support and celebration of our accomplishments; and 4) looking out for our urban community and our neighbors by giving back to the people and environment that we get to so much enjoy every Saturday morning. For more information, contact Larry Smith at,, or Facebook page German Village Walking Club.

Columbus Running Company

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The Columbus Running Company offers walk & run training options for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Participants receive training schedules, access to weekly group runs and walks, and plenty more. Share the miles with CRC, and let's hit those goals together! For more information, visit

Black Girls RUN! Columbus

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The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of African-American women are overweight. BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle.


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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) serves families with seriously ill children by providing a home-away-from-home at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. It is currently the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world with 137 rooms. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in Central Ohio. One of Ronald McDonald House's programs includes Team RMHC, a group of runners who train and fundraise together to complete races of their choice while also providing more nights of rest to families of seriously-ill children staying at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. This year, Team RMHC will be training for the Cap City Half Marathon. Learn more about Team RMHC and sign up to participate today at

Columbus Moms RUN This Town

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Columbus Moms RUN This Town (MRTT) is a running group for women of all ages and abilities. Cbus MRTT is a fun club for moms in Central Ohio (and really ANY woman — not just moms) to get together, ask questions, get advice, run/walk/jog and find running buddies. We hope to provide an online community built of women who will help answer running questions, encourage each other, train with each other and share their personal running experiences. For more information, visit their website at:

Black Men Run

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The Mission of the Black Men Run organization is to encourage health and wellness among African American men by promoting a culture of running/jogging to stay fit resulting in “A Healthy Brotherhood.” We believe we are needed because the numbers don’t lie:

  • Among Blacks age 20 and older, 44.4% of men have Cardiovascular Diseases.
  • In 2009, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) caused the deaths of 21,051 Black males.
  • Blacks have a risk of first-ever stroke that is almost twice that of whites.
  • Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for African American males.

At Black Men Run we believe that running/jogging can change these alarming trends and we are here to encourage African American males to get out and be active. Research tells us that running on a regular basis not only benefits individuals from a physical standpoint but also increase mental sharpness. Studies show that running on a regular basis helps to boost your confidence, relieves stress and eliminates depression.

Grove City Community Running and Walking Club

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Grove City Community Running and Walking Club was founded in 2014 by a group of individuals who recognized the need for an all-inclusive running group within the Grove City community. The club has grown from 7-10 dedicated members to roughly 25-30 active members at any given time. This group focuses on friendship, encouragement and of course running and walking.

We have members who have competed in ultra-marathons, trail races, marathons, half marathons as well as 5 and 10Ks.

Rogue Racers

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A regionally competitive road-racing team, working together to elevate team and individual performance. You may visit their facebook page at

Team RWB

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Team Red, White, and Blue's (RWB) mission is to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through athletic and social activities. We have 1200 members in Columbus alone and are inclusive of active duty, veterans, and civilians who desire to genuinely connect and engage with each other. We enrich lives through connecting people for this common purpose and in so doing, better our own physical and mental health. Nationally, we have over 130,000 members and 210 chapters. You can always find us wearing our red shirts with our logo or running with Old Glory. However, we do more than just run. To find out more about who we are and what we do, visit

Buckeye Striders

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The Buckeye Striders is a group of walkers and racewalkers who walk for fun, fitness, and competition. We meet every Saturday to walk and have breakfast. Many of us train for and compete in races together. (Some of our favorite races include The First on the First, Cap City Half Marathon, Cat Caper 5K, and the Columbus Marathon Half.) Membership benefits include: technical shirt for new members, discounts at local running stores, training groups, training plans, race partners, discounted race fees, parties, and camaraderie. The Buckeye Striders is a member of USATF and is led by a board of four elected officers. We have six business meetings throughout the year to plan our activities. If you are interested in getting faster and training with other walkers, we are your group!