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Columbus Marathon

Columbus, OH

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, October 15, 2017
2016: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 51°F (10°C)
Average High: 61°F (16°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.96
Course Score: 98.96

Race Size

2016: 3,825 Finishers
2015: 4,443 Finishers
2014: 5,461 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 8.5%
2015: 11.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

Marathon Rankings

The Columbus Marathon was the 21st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 17th largest in 2015.

Last year 8.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Columbus Marathon the 265th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 132nd highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.96 ranks it as the 192nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 9th fastest course in Ohio.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Columbus Marathon a PR Score of 98.96. This PR Score ranks it as the 136th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 8th fastest in Ohio.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 835 feet (254m)
Min Elevation: 709 feet (216m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Columbus Marathon

4.8 Stars from 5 Reviews

review of 2016 Columbus Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Ran this race multiple times. The new course last year was a lot tougher miles 16-22. The first half is pretty fast and the last not so much. Save yourself for later.

Race Tips

Leave for the start line early, traffic is never good

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2015 Columbus Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I've run this marathon twice, and both times it did not disappoint. Typically the weather in Columbus, mid October is perfect racing weather (starts in the low-mid 40's- and ends in the 50's). Last year was a little warmer than usual. The leaves are changing that time of year, there is a lot of crowd support, the people are friendly. The race has fireworks at the beginning, and they do a good job with corrals and wave starts.

Race Tips

Wear layers, and The race is mostly flat, but there is a steady incline in the middle-late miles. If you live in a hilly area, this will not be an issue, but if you live where it is flat, you will certainly feel it in your calves.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Purchase the parking garage passes offered on the website, and arrive early (30-60 mins) if you would like to use the restroom.

review of 2014 Columbus Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Loved this marathon. One of the best organized races I've run.

Race Tips

Flat and fast course.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2014 Columbus Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2013 Columbus Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is an awesome marathon. It's a flat, fast course that's very scenic and with great crowd support. The only negative (and it's an obvious one) is that the marathon is very large and crowded. But they handle it extremely well. The race expo was awesome too.

Race Tips

Columbus does it right. Very well organized from beginning to end. The high energy start was the best of any race that I have done.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

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