Marathon Exchange

Brought to you since 2012
Dresden Sister City, Inc. and
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Marathon Exchange Applications Are Open!

For the 10th time, we are happy to announce the Columbus-Dresden Marathon Exchange! We are offering three Columbus-based runners the opportunity to travel to Dresden, Germany and represent our City and Marathon in the Dresden Marathon on October 22, 2023. The program comes with free race entry of your choice, a home stay and a personal program put together by the hosting committee.

Here is the scoop:

  • Interested in running the marathon or 1/2 marathon in Dresden, Germany on October 22?
  • You will need to take 5 days off work
  • Travel dates: Leave Columbus on Wed., 10/18; arrive in Dresden Thursday, 10/19; return to Columbus on Tuesday, 10/24 (or add your personal travel)
  • Apply by June 18, 2023
  • Make it a good application, as this is competitive
  • We’ll select the 3 lucky athletes by the end of June
  • You are responsible for your own travel expenses, but:
    • You receive free race entry and a travel stipend
    • You will stay with a local host (family) (so no expenses for accommodation)
    • You will be treated like a celebrity and get the inside scoop of Dresden
    • Your hosts will put together a sightseeing program for your group
    • You will meet with a city official
    • We will prepare you for your trip, and past participants will mentor you
  • What we want in return is great representatives for our city and our marathon, as well as people who support our programs and sister city connection with Dresden

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