Columbus Marathon raises more than $1 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Men’s and Women’s ½ Marathon Record Broken; Record field of 19,000 compete

COLUMBUS, Ohio –  The 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon featured nearly perfect running weather for the record field of 19,000 participants.

Following were highlights of the day:

  • More than $1.1 million and counting was raised for Nationwide Children’s Hospital; for a total of more than $4.5 million raised since the partnership with the event started;
  • ½ Marathon Men’s record fell; Kimutai Cheruiyot of Kenya won in an event-record time of 1:02:45
  • ½ Marathon Women’s record fell; Susan Jerotich of Kenya won in an event-record time of 1:11:50
  • Six out of the top 10 female and male marathon finalists hailed from Ohio

Additionally, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patients 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, regardless of ability to pay.

“After years of sellouts, we had no choice but to expand our participant field to a record 19,000 athletes. Our countless supporters, team members, volunteers and another day of great weather provided the makings for a fantastic 36th year.” said Darris Blackford, Race Director. “And behind it all, it’s the great cause of supporting Nationwide Children’s Hospital that motivates and provides meaning for all involved.”


Marathon Male

  • Julius Koskei, Kenya                                                                2:16:46
  • Hillary Too, Kenya                                                                    2:19:03
  • Jason Ordway, Dayton, Ohio                                             2:23:40

Marathon Female

  • Loice Kangogo, Kenya                                                            2:41:44
  • Ellie Hess, Chesterland, OH                                                 2:42:48
  • Sara Polatas, North Canton, OH                                      2:43:41

½ Marathon Male

  • Kimutai Cheruiyot, Kenya                                                   1:02:45*
  • Nelson Oyugi, Kenya                                                               1:03:45
  • Tyler McCandless, Boulder, CO                                        1:05:12

½ Marathon Female

  • Susan Jerotich, Kenya                                                            1:11:50*
  • Hellen Jepkurgat, Kenya                                                       1:12:11
  • Andie Cozzarelli, Raleigh, NC                                             1:12:50

Marathon – Wheelchair Male

  • Patrick Monahan, Ireland                                                   1:36:32

*Event record



  • 24 Miracle Mile Patient Champions have shared their stories to inspire
  • 19,000 athletes (12,000 in the ½ Marathon and 7,000 in the full Marathon)
  • 3,000 volunteers work race day to make this marathon possible
  • All 50 states are represented by our athletes
  • More than 100 bands and entertainers add extra cheer
  • There is a 27-member marathon team and 11-member marathon board of directors. Combined, they have put in approximately 10,000 hours of planning
  • Approximately 60,000 people attend the Health & Fitness Expo
  • Approximately 100,000 spectators cheer on athletes on Race Day


  • In a trend that is literally sweeping the nation’s marathons, clothes discarded by runners are being picked up by Goodwill volunteers
  • Last year, more than 8,000 lbs. of clothing was collected at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and diverted from landfills
  • The clothing is sold at the expo the following year
  • Every dime of the proceeds supports programming for people with disabilities and other barriers, including those with insecure housing situations, veterans, people returning to the workforce and unemployed and underemployed youth.


  • 250,000 White Castle cups of water to quench thirst
  • 250,000 Cups of Lemon-Lime Gatorade
  • That totals more than 23,000 gallons of fluid given to athletes during the race.
  • 19,000 granola bars, pretzels, chips, yogurt, bananas and chocolate milk to replenish at the Finish Line
  • 600 portable bathrooms for relief
  • 24,000 Clif Shot energy gels to refuel (vanilla, mocha and raspberry flavored)
  • 96 portable generators to power the course


  • 1 Angel Mile to honor, remember and celebrate the angels of Nationwide Children’s who have already finished their race
  • 1 Encore Mile, for the patients who lined the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
  • 20,000 feet of fencing (nearly 4 miles) along various parts of the course
  • 201,600 watt sound system to rev up runners at the Start Line
  • 20 ClifBar and New Albany Walking Club members
  • 27 permits throughout five different police jurisdictions close down 26.2 miles of roads provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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