(COLUMBUS, OH – Oct. 20, 2013) – Athletes in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon lucked out with weather conditions, but it wasn’t luck that broke the following Columbus Marathon records this year:
The event raised a record-breaking $1.25 million and counting for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the second year of the partnership. This includes a $200,000 contribution from the Columbus Marathon board of trustees, $100,000 of that contribution will be directed to the Pulmonary Department at Nationwide Children’s in honor of long-time volunteers Brent and Catherine LaCount and their 3-year-old daughter, Berkley, who is living with Cystic Fibrosis. For the second year in a row, the women’s 1/2 Marathon Record fell; Leslie Sexton of London, Ontario ran it in 1:13:13. For the 7th year in a row, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon sold-out – by Sept. 30, in record time.
Additionally, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Champions and their families were along every mile of the course to cheer on athletes and serve as a visual reminder of how the marathon is helping ill and injured children.
“The partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital continues to be a truly fulfilling experience for athletes, volunteers, spectators and marathon staff alike. Supporting such a great cause has added a tremendous amount of meaning and motivation for all involved,” said Darris Blackford, Race Director. “We hope to continue breaking records for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and enhancing the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon experience every year.”
The 2013 Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon sold-out a field of 18,000 athletes. The combined events have sold out for seven straight years and the marathon continues to be the largest marathon in Ohio.
The 35th annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and 1/2 Marathon will take place Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. For more information on today’s race and full race results, visit www.columbusmarathon.com.
|Josh Ordway||Franklin, OH||2:22:46|
|Christina Murphy||Columbus, OH||2:39:15|
|Heidi Greenwood||Cleveland Heights||2:42:08|
|Kristen Carter||Bellingham, WA||2:43:01|
|Elijah Muturi Karanj||Kenya||1:04:06|
|Leslie Sexton||London, ON||1:13:13 *|
|Cynthia Jerop||Mobile, AL||1:13:33|
|Drew Squires||Ashland, OH||1:19:02|
|Aaron Pike||Urbana, IL||1:45:56|
|Jeff Fisher||Medina, OH||1:53:02|
|Travis Dodson||Champaign, IL||1:53:35|
*Event recordFun Facts about the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon