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We've teamed up with Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nationwide is going the distance for healthy children with our sponsorship of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Oct. 19, 2014.

Last year, our partnership with Ohio's largest marathon yielded almost $1 million for Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Our support of the race helps provide for the nearly 1 million patient visits.

A marathon sponsor since 1980

Nationwide has been a sponsor of the Columbus Marathon since it was established in 1980 and a title sponsor since 2007.

In that time, we've seen the race grow to as many as 18,000 athletes and the crowds swell into the tens of thousands.

24 Champions along 26 Miracle Miles

This year's marathon features 24 Patient Champions stationed along the 26 Miracle Miles that make up the route. Read about Miracle Mile Patient Champions

At Mile 12 will be Nationwide's Patient Champion – Alex Dean, 14, who was treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital for serious head trauma and significant face injuries she received in a bike accident.

We're proud to do our part

Nationwide is proud to be a sponsor of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon.

We wish all the athletes good luck. And we extend our special thanks to the participants, volunteers and sponsors who help us support one of the preeminent children's hospitals in the world.

Be sure to follow marathon updates on Twitter @nationwide.