Columbus Marathon takes place every October in Columbus, Ohio. It is known for good organization, flat and fast course, and enthusiastic spectators. About 10-20% of finishers qualify for the Boston Marathon. The event attracts about 7,000 runners in the classical marathon distance and 11,000 for the half marathon, making it one of the most significant running events in the United States.
The course of the Columbus Marathon resembles a cloverleaf. It starts in downtown Columbus, then goes through Bexley, passing Capital University and the Governor's Mansion. It also goes through Old Town East, German Village, High Street, Short North Arts District, The Ohio State University, and The Ohio Stadium. It finishes in the Arena District, by Nationwide Arena.
The Columbus Marathon is ranked 22nd largest marathon in the U.S. and was first held in 1978. The event was initiated by former Mayors Tom Moody and Greg Lashutka to attract more visitors into the city. Proceeds from the marathon go to Nationwide Children's Hospital. The marathon attracted more than 50 Olympians including such athletes as Gerard Nigboer, Joan Benoit, Joseph Nzau and Priscilla Welch.