With the Columbus Marathon fast approaching (can you believe it’s only two months away?!?), we thought it best to highlight a couple other races going on around town that can either be used for tune up races, or, just to get out around town for a good sweat!
Whether you’re a serious runner or just someone who just likes the excitement of race day, these five races offer plenty of fun and all have something unique about them that will have you wanting to come back next year!
Emerald City ¼ and ½ Marathon
When: August 28, 2016
Outside of the Columbus Marathon and the Cap City (and Sweat Local 5k, of course!), this might be the biggest race around Columbus all year. Last year, over 3,000 runners and walkers participated in this race that starts at Dublin Methodist Hospital, and winds through the scenic streets of Dublin. Between the race itself, the beautiful finishers medal, and the lively post-race party at Amigos Mexican Restaurant (21+), the whole day promises to keep all runners and spectators entertained all day long. For more information, visit
Summer Squatch 10k Trail Run
When: September 15, 2016
If you want to get out and do something a little different than your traditional road race, check out the Summer Squatch 10k Trail Run. This event is a part of the Rocks and Roots trail series, which does a great job at making sure the trails are clearly marked and as safe as possible to ensure the safety of the runners. The event is very family friendly, as runners and spectators are encouraged to stay afterward for a “squatch-friendly” film projected on a huge outdoor screen. This event is a great way to experience a different kind of race and to test your endurance in a beautiful setting at Alum Creek State Park. Proceeds benefit theRocks and Roots Trail Runners Association (RRTRA). For more information, visit https://summersquatch10k.com/.
5K for K9s
When: September 17, 2016
The 5k for K9’s is Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and all race fees, sponsorships, and pledges help pay for the medical care for sick and injured dogs at the shelter. Last year nearly 300 runners and walkers took part in the inaugural event, and you can expect to see some four-legged friends along the course.
The 5k is held at Alum Creek State Park, and is a great way to take part in a 5k that is less about the results and more about the mission. Adoptable dogs from Franklin County and some other local rescues will be available to all racers and spectators. For more information, visit http://www.friendsoftheshelter.org/5k-for-k9s.
Running Water 5k, 10k, and 10k Challenge
When: October 2, 2016
This event also has standard 5k and 10k distances, but the exciting race to us is the “10k Challenge.” The Challenge is a team event has teams of four each carrying a five gallon PackH2O pack filled with two gallons of water (16 pounds). Proceeds from the race will support PackH2O and every $10 donation will be donated to a family in need in water-stressed areas of the world. The Challenge competitors are urged to call out other “teams” on social media in an attempt to stir up excitement and add an element of gamesmanship to the event.
Both 5k and 10k participants not involved in the Challenge will also have the option to carry a PackH2O willed with one gallon of water. For more information, visit http://www.Packh2o.com. Also, Team Sweat Local will be there so come find us!
The Broke Man’s Half Marathon, 7 Miler, and 3.5 Miler
When: October 2, 2016
We love the message behind the Broke Man, which is that people should be able to run, and enjoy the positivity of the organized race atmosphere, regardless of ability to pay hefty race fees. The event takes place two weeks before the Columbus Marathon, so it’s a perfect way to tune up and get in one last long run. It’s also a great alternative to those looking to avoid all the craziness that is downtown Columbus during the Columbus Marathon. The half marathon is held at Genoa Park, and also features shorter distances and a kid’s run. Last year’s edition got great reviews, and this year should be no different. For more information, visit http://www.brokemans.com/central-ohio.
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus