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The Original Warmup Since 2001

Welcome to “Warm Up Columbus” Marathon! If you are looking for a great Winter marathon, you’re in the right spot! Whether you are tuning up for Boston or gearing up for the OhioHealth Capital City Half & Quarter Marathon, Warm Up Columbus is your first step towards that goal. 


Our 1 mile loop course offers a very spectator friendly race environment, with 26 fluid/support stations and a restroom at every mile! Other “Warm Up Columbus” events include unique team relays, a 1/2 marathon, 5K and 10K!!

When - Sunday, February 2, 2025. 

  • 8:00am start - 5K , 1/2 Marathon, and 1/2 Marathon Relays begin at the 5K/Half Start Line (follow signs

  • 8:03am start - 10K, Marathon, and Marathon Relays begin at the 10K/Full Start Line (follow signs)

What -  Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K, plus Marathon Relay and Half Marathon Relay

Where - Race headquarters is located outside Metro Fitness & Colliers International, located at 655 Metro Place S. Dublin, OH 43017 See map below!

Why run Warm up Columbus?!

  • Unique, flat, fast course!

  • USATF Certified Course; eligible Boston Qualifier - Certification code OH24004JHP

  • Fast accurate results with splits

  • 26 fluid/support stations with water and Gatorade

  • Great post race refreshments

  • Music on course

  • Easy spectator viewing

  • Event shirt

  • Custom Finishers’ Medal for all participants

  • Athlete Tracking: Track your athletes, or have your own updates posted to your social media outlet of choice! 

  • Fleet Feet Pace Team - Need a little help staying on pace? Run alongside our World Famous Pacers covering pacers every 30 seconds from 8:00/mile to 14:00 per mile, AND a walking group!

Not up for the full distance? Tackle the Warm Up as a team in the The Warm Up Columbus Marathon Relay!

  • Teams can consist of 2, 3, 4 or 5 members. Teams regardless of size will be scored together with all other teams.

  • Distances run by each team member are decided by each team! With the 1-mile loop as the course, just run until you get tired and make the exchange … and then do it again!

Cost - Our races typically sell out 2-3 weeks prior to race day. Please note: Warm Up Columbus has a NO REFUND and NO BIB TRANSFER policy for all events.

  • Through November 30:

    • ​Marathon: $70

    • Half Marathon: $50

    • 5K/10K/Relay Member: $35

  • December 1st through December 31st: if event not sold out!

    • ​Marathon: $80

    • Half Marathon: $60

    • ​5K/10K/Relay Member: $40

  • January 1st through January 31st: if event not sold out!

    • ​Marathon: $85

    • Half Marathon: $65

    • ​5K/10K/Relay Member: $45

  • February 1st through race day: if event not sold out!

    • ​Marathon: $90

    • Half Marathon: $70

    • ​5K/10K/Relay Member: $50

If you wish to change to a different distance than you signed up for, you must notify Fleet Feet at by February 1st.

What do you get? 

  • Epic 1-mile loop race experience!

  • Event Shirt

  • Event Medal

Packet Pick Up 

  • Early packet pickup is available for anyone in the central OH area – at Fleet Feet Sports, 1270 E. Powell Rd, Lewis Center – Thursday thru Saturday of race week. 

  • Race day packet pickup will beginning at 7am at the race site.

Race day reminder - ARRIVE EARLY! There is only one route into the parking lots and traffic backs up after 7:00am. We will NOT delay the start for late arrivals!

Marathon must reads, and cut-off time details

  • Marathon Course Time Limit: Our permit from the city of Dublin limits the marathon race to a finishing time of 1pm. No early start times will be granted.

  • Full Marathoners must attend pre-race meeting at 7:40am! 

  • It is up to each participant to keep track of their laps. We recommend all marathoners have a support person to help with this.

  • The course is measured and certified based on running just to the right of the dividing line between the curb and the black top, as well as following tangents.

  • 1 lap along the measured and certfied course is exactly 1 mile. 

  • We start the race 0.2 miles from the lap point/finish line so that you will run 0.2 miles for "lap 1", you will then run 26 more laps to get 26.2 miles as measured on the course. Technically you run 26.2 laps, but the timing software will register 27 laps since your first lap is only 0.2 miles.

  • If you run even 1 shoulder width farther out to the right (which most do inadvertently, you will run at least 1.023 miles per lap, resulting in 26.572 miles, add the 0.2 from the start, and you will end up with 26.72 miles, if not further on your GPS watch.

  • Do not stop when your watch tells you you have covered 26.2 miles. Stop when you have finished 26.2 laps!

  • Think LAPS, not miles. Most finishers end up running anywhere from 26.5 miles to 27.3 miles. Running the shortest possible route for 26.2 laps is exceptionally difficult on a mile loop course.


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