Who moves you?
All right everyone, strap on your sneakers for some exciting news….at a news conference on Thursday the Columbus Marathon together with Nationwide Insurance announced that the hospital will be the title beneficiary for the Marathon. The October 21st event will officially be renamed the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon and ½ Marathon. How exciting is that!
We are so honored that the Marathon has chosen to dedicate their amazing event to support our patients and families. It’s Ohio’s largest and one of the most respected in the country – with 18,000 participants and hundreds of volunteers we couldn’t ask for a better partner. Working with the Marathon leadership has already been a great experience – we’re learning that marathoners have big hearts (and that’s not just because of all the miles they run!) To kick-start the fundraising efforts, the Marathon announced that they plan to match the first $100,000 raised by runners and walkers.
Also, a special thank you to Nationwide Insurance for once again leading the community in their support of the hospital. Nationwide has been a title sponsor and supporter of the Marathon since its inception and they are continuing as a key sponsor of the event. They are also putting their hearts into this effort by sponsoring the Marathon’s first “Miracle Mile.” Each of the Marathon’s 26.2 miles will be dedicated to one of our patients. Our plan is that each mile will have a corporate or community sponsor with a patient champion. Nationwide Insurance’s Miracle Mile will have a very special patient champion. She is 11 year-old Alison Hile from Hilliard, Ohio. We have treated Alison for Cystic Fibrosis since she was a baby. Both of Alison’s parents work at Nationwide Insurance and the entire family loves to run. Alison will be joined by 25 other patient champions (we’ll be asking you to nominate other children for this special role.)
So, you’re not a marathoner – no problem! There will be ways for runners, walkers and everyone in the community to get involved:
- Join me in walking – yes, walkers are welcome for either the ½ marathon (13.1 miles) or the full marathon (26.2 miles). I have made the commitment to walk the half marathon and I’ll be recruiting a “Little Things” team to join me – more news to come on that!
- Volunteer – We’ll have more news on thousands of volunteer opportunities throughout Marathon weekend.
- Everyone can raise funds! Whether you run, walk or volunteer all participants can be “Children’s Champions.” We have some great things planned for this special group. Champions receive their own fundraising website, support from Nationwide Children’s fundraising volunteers and the opportunity to earn great prizes. We’ll be announcing more specifics in early spring but you can learn more and sign-up for more information here.
Please send me your questions, ideas and suggestions for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon and ½ Marathon – Let’s get moving!!