The Cause

Nationwide Children's Hospital at a Glance
NCH at a Glance

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is honored to be the title beneficiary for the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. So far more than $10 million has been raised for our hospital through our nine year partnership. 

While this year looks a lot different, you can still help us on the road beyond $10 million by participating in the Meaningful Miles Challenge. Fundraise for the hospital while committing to 13 or 26 Meaningful Miles challenges to make a difference in your community. Feel great knowing YOU are helping each patient, plus get some awesome incentives for yourself! 

Below are just a few examples of what your fundraising efforts could help provide for our patients and families.

The impact

What Makes Our Race the Most Meaningful Marathon in the Country?

Our Hospital: Nationwide Children’s is committed to providing every child the highest quality health care, regardless of the family's ability to pay. With more than 1.5 million patient visits each year, we have been able to provide more than 191 million in charity care and community benefit services annually. To learn more about our points of pride click here.

Our Patient Champions: 24 patients treated at Nationwide Children's are selected to line each mile of the race. Each Patient Champion chooses a theme for their mile and is celebrated for their strength and bravery. Race Day is certainly a memory they will never forget.

You control the impact you make: Through our fundraising program, you can choose where your donations go. Whether you want to help find cures for pediatric cancer, support our patients' emotional needs through art therapy, or give to the area of greatest need... You control how you support Nationwide Children's.

The Angel Mile: Mile 11 is dedicated to remembering and honoring those special children who are no longer here with us. Learn more about the Angel Mile here.

The Encore Mile: Mile 10 celebrates each and every child who has lined the course since 2012.

Our Community: 15,000 runners, 3,000 volunteers and 100,000 spectators join together every October to find cures and create best outcomes for kids everywhere.

Our Children's Champions Fundraisers: More than $500,000 was raised by our Children's Champions in 2019 alone. We do this for our kids, because there is nothing more important. Every child should have the right to a bright and healthy future. We do this because children need hope, and hope needs a champion.