This past Sunday, October 19, many red Ohio State Running Club singlets were spotted in the midst of the thousands of runners participating in the marathon and half-marathon. More than fifteen members from the club showed up to the starting line that morning ready to put their months of training to the test. Although 7:30 a.m might seem a little early, Running Club was getting pumped up in the corrals as they encouraged each other right before it was time to take off!
During the marathon, runners were able to see the patients from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and their families, which inspired runners to keep running for a purpose. Several Running Club members were Children’s Champions and raised money for the patients that they got to “high five” during their run. With over 18,000 runners, the Columbus Marathon was able to raise over 3 million dollars to support the kids at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Some achievements from Running Club to highlight include several Boston Marathon qualifiers from both the women and men: Rita Mayer (3:32:42), Rachel Hahn (3:03:06), Tarkington Newman, “Tark”(3:03:56), Colwyn Headley, “Co Co” (3:04:17), and Ryan Dull, “Big Red” (2:54:38). Qualifying for Boston is a huge achievement and Running Club is proud of these members for their hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
Running Club also had a lot of members who took on the half marathon, including first-timers to the 13.1-mile race and veterans who have been doing half marathons for years. The women from the club included, Lacy Nagy, Elsa Saelens, Frankie Rimer, Sarah Lynn, Jessica McManus, Morgan Crouse, and Mary Stankiewicz, with the last five mentioned all finishing within three minutes of each other. On the gentlemen side, Tallin Forshey, Ryan Fisher, Zach Dombi, Jack Bargemann, Kyle Schmitz, Darren Nash, Wesley Nash, and Gabriel Nunez all ran the Half and pushed each other along the way.
In addition to running in the race, Running Club also had a large number of volunteers at the Columbus Marathon. By helping out with the race logistics, members were able to make a difference in the marathon while cheering on their fellow teammates. Running Club would like to thank all the volunteers and supporters who made it out on Sunday to help and cheer on the runners. The club would also like to extend a thank you to the race director, Darris Blackford, for his amazing work with the Columbus Marathon and his involvement with Running Club and always willing to help us out in any way.