Frequently Asked Questions

All race details are subject to change pending local and state regulations/restrictions in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

What's the time limit on the race?  The Kids Race has a time limit of 15 minutes for the 1/3-mile course. The 10K has a time limit of 2 hours and 23 minutes for the 6.2-mile course. This equates to a minimum pace of 23:00/mi. Please contact us using the "Questions?" button on the main page if you have any questions about our time limits.

What is the official race t-shirt?   T-shirt is a short-sleeve, technical fabric and they come in unisex and women's sizes.

Are wheelchairs permitted?  Please contact the event using the "Questions?" button on the main page to inquire about wheeled athlete participation. We welcome wheeled athletes, we just need to know you're coming so we can plan with public safety appropriately.

Will the miles be marked on the course?  Yes, the miles will be marked at every mile with tall 12' flags.

Will there be aid stations on the course? There are three AEP Ohio Power Up Stations located on the 10K course, exact location TBD pending final route approval. All aid stations have water and sports drink. There are no aid stations on the Kids Race course. In 2021, aid stations are pending COVID-19 restrictions.

Will there be portable bathrooms on the course?  Yes, there will be bathrooms at the start and finish as well as on the course, exact location TBD.

Can someone else pick up my packet? Can I pick up someone else's packet?  Yes, whoever is picking up will be required to provide the names of each individual they're picking up. 

Are roller skates, inline skates, bikes, strollers or pets allowed to participate in the events?  Due to the size and nature of this event, none of these are allowed. If you are caught on the course with any of these, you will be directed off the course.

Are headphones of any kind allowed in the events?  Headphones are permitted, we do ask that you please listen at a volume to allow you to hear instructions from volunteers and public safety officials.

I'm interested in volunteering, how can I sign up?  We are currently determining our volunteer needs for the event. As these are finalized, you can visit our Volunteering Page for more information and registration.

What is the course?  At this time, all routes are being finalized in conjunction with a number of departments at the City of Columbus. Stay tuned to our social media pages for future announcements.

Where and when is packet pick-up? See Early Packet Pickup for more details as they're confirmed. Additionally, runners may pick up their packets at the pickup tent on The Promenade on race day. Online registration is available through the earlier of Friday, June 5 or when the event is sold out (2021 participant cap TBD). NO registration is available on race day.

What is the refund policy? Refunds are not available, but we do have bib exchange opportunities available to you through May 30, 2021 (see below)

Can I change races? Event transfer is available between the in-person and virtual 10K through May 1, 2021. See the help topic for details.

Can I transfer my bib? Yes, through May 1, 2020. See the help topic for details.

Where should I park? There is ample parking in the immediate downtown area, with multiple garages within a quarter-mile of the start/finish line. There are many nearby meters nearby as well. Pay attention to all parking signs and restrictions. The Columbus 10K is not responsible for any improperly parked vehicles.

How is the 10K race timed? The 10K race is electronically timed using race|result bibtag chip systems. DO NOT remove/bend/fold/mutilate the timing tag from the back of your bib number. Camera and manual backup systems are also utilized, please ensure that your number is easily visible from the front. The AEP Ohio Kids Race is not timed.

Will roads be closed during the race? Yes, all roads utilized by the event will be closed during the event using rolling closures. Civic Center Drive will be closed from Broad St to Town St for the entire morning.

Will there be pacers? The AEP Ohio Power Runner pace team will provide pacers for every 0:30/mile interval from 8:00 through 14:00 per mile. Use those Power Runners to take you to a new PR!

My GPS says I ran shorter/longer than 6.2. Are you sure the course is accurate? Yes. The course was certified by a 10K official with multiple measurements. GPS devices are not as accurate as many runners believe. Even if you had a perfectly accurate GPS device, you should expect it to record a distance slightly longer than the official length. When you factor in the crowds and the water stops, it is nearly impossible to run the shortest possible path that the course certifier takes when measuring. Tall buildings and GPS drift can also alter what your device shows you. 

Will an official race photographer be at the event? Yes, photos will be available for free after the race on our website.

What will the temperature be on race day? Average temperatures on June 6th range from 59F to 79F.

What will I receive when I cross the finish line? Everyone who completes the 10K or Kids Race will receive a finisher medal. Virtual race registrants will all receive a medal.

Is gear check available and how does it work? Gear/bag check will be available for all registered participants. More details will be included in pre-race communications to registered participants.

Will there be an after-party? The short answer: ABSOLUTELY! We're working on details for the best Columbus 10K post-race party ever. As details are confirmed, they will be posted here and also included in pre-race communications.

What if I am late to the start line? Unfortunately, we cannot delay the race start for late participants.  All races will run on time and no late starts will be allowed.

Does this event have awards? All Kids Race and 10K finishers will receive medals upon completion of their event. There are also top finisher and age group awards for the 10K.

Can I walk the race? We welcome walkers! All 10K finishers must maintain a minimum 23:00/mi pace and be complete by 10:22 AM.

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