COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Capital City Half Marathon returns to Columbus Saturday with about 12,000 participants expected for the race, according to event organizers.

What You Need To Know

  • Participants will run the Capital City Half Marathon on Saturday

  • The event will require road closures and COTA schedule changes

  • About 12,000 people are expected to take part in the races

It’s been three years since the event was last held with in-person racing, after the half marathon was virtual for 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. 

Race officials said the event, which has been held in Columbus since 2004, showcases the city and its diverse neighborhoods to participants from across Ohio and beyond.

The event includes the half marathon, as well as a quarter marathon and a 5k. The first races begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Columbus Commons downtown. 

Participants in the half marathon will run south to the German Village neighborhood and then north up to Lane Avenue by Ohio State’s campus, before making their way to the finish line back at the Commons. The courses are the same as they were before the pandemic. 

The event will require numerous roads to be closed in the downtown area. The road closures are listed on the event website.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) said the races will affect bus transit operations for much of the day Saturday. Some routes will not be in operation, while delays are expected for other routes. 

Officials said riders should check for updates on COTA's website and social media pages. 

Runners can pick up their race packets at The Vue Columbus at 95 Liberty St on Thursday and Friday from 11 a..m. to 7 p.m.