Runners raise funds for Nationwide Children’s Hospital at Columbus Marathon

Runners start the 2016 Columbus Marathon.

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Thousands gathered in downtown Columbus to raise money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital at the 37th annual Columbus Marathon.

The nearly 18,000 people ran over 26 miles for the cause each year and 24 of those miles represent patients being treated at Nationwide, like Ella.

“Ella has a motility disorder and she was unable to be diagnosed in New York state,” said Ella’s mom Jamie Wintringer. “So we had to seek treatment elsewhere and when we came to Nationwide, that’s when we found our answers”

This year alone, the marathon raised more than $1.3 million for the hospital.

“It’s a great way to celebrate the city,” said Marathon Board Chair Bill Burns. “It’s a great way to celebrate what all of these runners are doing for Children’s Hospital.”

Columbus resident Anne Flower won the female marathon. 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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