NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S Columbus Half Marathon Training  

Come join Run Fit as we train for the 2020 Columbus Half Marathon. We provide FREE, open group runs, training plans, clinics on nutrition, injury prevention and more. Plus you will have access to experienced, certified running coaches who have coached 100's of runners.

Our program offers you all the support, community, and resources you need to successfully reach 13.1!  

Lewis Center Trail

Our 2020 season starts Monday March 9th!

Glen Oak Park
7126 Blue Holly Dr, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Monday/Thursdays - 6:30PM
Saturdays - 8:00am (7:00am in Summer)

Note: You do not need to be present at all runs to participate.

  • Our club is free to join!
  • We provide access to USATF/RRCA certified running coaches!
  • We include training plans based on experience level!
  • We include strength training plans written by certified trainers!
  • We provide occasional clinics from area experts on running form, injury prevention, nutrition, and more!
  • Race meetup and post-race celebration!
  • Walkers, run-walkers and runners of any experience level welcome! 

Frequently Asked Questions About Training For A Half Marathon

When / Where Does Training Start?

Our 2020 training season starts Monday, March 9th at 6:30PM at Glen Oak Park in Lewis Center, OH., however you can join anytime during the year. Our Columbus Half Marathon training will start approximately 16 weeks out from race day.  We meet in various locations so you will want to join the club to get access to all dates, times and locations.  We have open runs on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

How Long Is The Training?

We provide training plans ranging from 10-20 weeks to ensure you have plenty of time to properly train for your specific race. Group runs are informal so you can follow our training plans or your own.

How Do I Know If I Am Ready To Run A Half Marathon?

Before starting a half marathon training program, we recommend that you be able to run 2-3 miles and have run at least 6 months consistently with 12 months preferred. This ensures that your muscles, bones and joints have had time to adequately strength.

Can I Join If I Am Not Running The Columbus Half Marathon?

Absolutely!  Our plans work with any half marathon you choose to run. You can train for any race you wish and still have people to train with. We are a perfect fit for those training for the Air Force Half Marathon, Emerald City Half Marathon and others.

Can I Train For The Columbus Marathon?

Sure. We will not be providing "official" coaching for the marathon this year, but you are welcome to come run with us. We hope to offer marathon training in the future as the club grows. 

Are Race Fees Included?

Race fees are not included. You can register for the Columbus marathon on their website.

Why Is Your Training Free?

We feel that proper training and having the support of other runners and walkers should be available to everyone. We are not in it for the money. Our coaches are volunteers, yet certified through USA Track and Field or the RRCA. Our guest speakers are licensed physical therapists, registered dietitians, and certified fitness trainers who volunteer their time. Everyone who helps run this club volunteers their time and in some their own money. To minimize this, we try to rely on sponsors and member donations to help offset the costs involved, and we are always looking for creative ways to raise money. If you are interested in volunteering a few hours each month (or whenever you can), please let us know! We need all the help we can get!

Do You Offer Private Run Coaching?

We don't, but our coaches do! Contact us for more information!