Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Children's Champion?

An individual who chooses to fundraise for Nationwide Children's Hospital, usually participating in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon.

What is a Patient Champion?

An individual who has been treated at Nationwide Children's and is selected to represent all patients at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. Each year, there are 24 individual Patient Champions assigned to a mile along the course, one Angel Mile to honor those who are no longer with us, and one Encore Mile celebrating all the patients who have lined the course since 2012.

What is the fundraising minimum?

As a Children's Champion, there is no minimum fundraising requirement because every gift matters. We do offer Perks based on the amount raised by each individual to motivate you along the way.

If I am a Children's Champion, am I registered for the race?

There is a separate registration for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon at Registration for Children's Champions is exclusively for fundraising.

Someone gave me a check, where do I send it?

On your personal fundraising page there is a link, Printable Form to Mail to Us, that you can print to include with the check. When you print this form, there will be space to include the donor's information. Your information as a fundraiser is automatically included, so we know to which fundraiser to give credit.

All checks should be made payable to Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation and mailed to:

Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation
Attn: Marathon
P.O. Box 16810
Columbus, OH 43216-6810

Be sure to include the Children's Champions name in the memo or on a separate note if a form is not available.

How do I nominate a Patient Champion?

Patient Champion stories are collected throughout the year to participate in a wide variety of events. Marathon Patient Champion submissions are collected January - March, 2017. You may share your patient story here.

Where do I pick up my shirt and VIP Start/Finish Line passes?

Children's Champions are elgible to earn Perks based on the amount raised. You can plan to pick up your shirt and wristband for the VIP Start Line and VIP Finish Line at the Children's Champions booth at the race expo October 13th and 14th. The Children's Champions Premium Item will be mailed following the close of fundraising after December 31. Following the race, all $5,000 Children's Champion fundraisers will be contacted for their personal tour and wagon dedication.