Here to Support You!

This is what you need to know upfront. Our purpose includes bolstering local races and the charities they support. RUNColumbus isn’t a race producer. We are race promoters, and that includes your race.

We want to showcase emerging and established running events of various distances throughout Central Ohio. We, too, want to introduce different parts of our community and spotlight local charities benefiting from races.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get your race on an upcoming series calendar.

Race Considerations

The following criteria are considered when selecting races for the annual RUNColumbus Race Series. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the series organizers.

  • The race includes support for a local non-profit 501(c)3.
  • The race takes place in the greater Central Ohio region (see map).
  • The race uses a chip timing system.
  • The race posts the official race results on its website within 14 days of the event.
  • The race does not conflict with another series race.

We accept interest forms year-round as we are always planning for future seasons and special series.

Race Directors FAQs

Can’t find the answer to your question? Email us.

  • What's the benefit of being a part of the RUNColumbus Race Series?

    As a race director, you know how important it is to get your event (and the important cause it supports!) in front of as many runners as possible. RUNColumbus wants to partner with you in expanding your reach via the RUNColumbus website, social media, and email presence. 

    The better question may be: Why wouldn’t you want to be part of the RUNColumbus Race Series?

  • Why would a runner pay to participate in the series in addition to paying for the race registration?

    The reason a runner registers for the RUNColumbus Race Series can vary.  The runners we polled listed the following as the top reasons to sign up:

    1. To compete for a RUNColumbus Championship or Age Group Title.
    2. To complete a minimum of six races in the series and receive the commemorative Finishers Award. (Several runners cited they have never run that many races in a year.)
    3. To complete the entire series and earn the distinction of being named a RUNColumbus Road Race Warrior.
    4. To be part of the RUNColumbus Team.

    Registration includes many perks including a sports-tek shirt, discounts on race registrations and merchandise, complimentary appetizers at RUNColumbus Happy Hours, and more.

  • What's the cost to have our race on the series calendar?

    Absolutely nothing. Well, it does require a little bit of your time to complete the RUNColumbus Race Series online form.

  • How much exposure should our race expect?

    Races that are part of the annual series can expect the following:

    • Listing and link to your race page on the RUNColumbus website;
    • Inclusion in the RUNColumbus E-News;
    • Features on the RUNColumbus Instagram and Facebook accounts; and
    • Invitation to attend RUNColumbus Happy Hours.

    While races are not required to support RUNColumbus to be part of the annual series;  we ask races to consider partnering with RUNColumbus in one or more of the following ways:

    • Offer a registration discount to RUNColumbus participants;
    • Provide two complimentary race registrations that RUNColumbus may use as giveaways;
    • Link your race website to the RUNColumbus Race Series website; and/or
    • Mention the RUNColumbus Race Series in your e-newsletters or on your social media platforms.
  • Will all races that meet the criteria be included?

    Our desire is to include all races that wish to be part of the series but we will limit the field to approximately 12 races per annual season.

  • Why is there a limit to the number of races each season?

    Good question, and one we have grappled with quite a bit. The key factors for limiting the number of series races are as follows:

    • To give runners that want to contend for a Championship or Age Group Titles a higher probability of head-to-head competition;
    • To give runners who want to earn the distinction and recognition of being named a RUNColumbus Road Race Warrior a realistic shot at doing so; and
    • To maximize exposure for the races that are part of the series each season.
  • Will the races in the series change each season?

    Yes! Each season showcases new events as well as a few favorites.

  • How do I get my race added to the series?

    Simply complete the online form expressing interest in being a part of the RUNColumbus Race Series. We encourage races to apply early. You can expect a response within ten business days.

  • Are virtual races eligible?

    Yes, however, RUNColumbus Race Series participants only earn Participation Points for virtual events. 

  • Is there a deadline for submitting the online race application?

    No, race applications are accepted year-round. Our goal is to publish the annual series lineup by September 1, so we recommend letting us know you are interested right away. 

  • Does RUNColumbus organize any races or offer timing services?

    No, we’ll leave that to the many experienced race directors and timing companies in Central Ohio.

  • If we offer a discount code to RUNColumbus participants, what assurances do we have that it won't be shared broadly?

    The heartbeat of RUNColumbus is to see your race grow, and in turn, increase support to your charity. Only RUNColumbus participants will receive specific information about discount codes. While RUNColumbus cannot be held liable for someone sharing the code with a non-RUNColumbus runner, we will make every effort to communicate the importance of keeping codes confidential.

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