Marathon route runs through village
German Village residents can cheer on runners in the 31st Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon when they pass through the neighborhood Oct. 17.
The marathon begins at the corner of High and East Broad streets and travels east through Bexley before turning and heading back west, entering the village at about the 9-mile mark.
Runners will enter German Village at South Third Street and Livingston Avenue, head south on Third and around Schiller Park before exiting German Village on Deshler Avenue. The marathon route then continues north on High Street through the Brewery District and beyond.
Sarah Irvin Clark, a German Village resident and spokesperson for the race, said roads are subject to closure between 8 and 11 a.m., as runners make their way through the community.
Volunteers are still needed, she said. Course marshals are being sought specifically for German Village. They help direct traffic and assist police in getting spectators and others across streets during the race. To sign up, volunteers can go to www.columbusmarathon.com/volunteers.
Spectators are asked to refrain from handing out food or beverages unless they are formally part of fluid stations, Clark said.
The marathon is shaping up to be the largest to date, as 15,000 people - walkers, runners and people in wheelchairs - are expected to participate. All will be going through German Village, as it is on the first half of the marathon route.
"The German Village residents always come out and support the race," Clark said.
Participants consistently rank the village as one of the highlights of the route, Clark said.
"They love German Village - love the sights, love the history," she said. "There's always great support."
"German Village has been a huge part of our tradition," added race director Darris Blackford. "The fan and volunteer support we get from villagers is incredible."