London Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K: Sign up now and save

(Posted Dec. 27, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The 4th Annual London Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K is scheduled to take place on April 20, 2024.

Last year’s event attracted nearly 400 registrants. Race organizer and London resident David Mars is hoping for even more participation this year.

“I’m shooting for 600 total,” he said.

All of the races start and finish at Merri Mac Park. Once out of the park and through downtown London, participants spend most of their time on the Ohio To Erie Trail. The marathon and half-marathon courses are certified by USA Track & Field (USATF), so runners know they are running exact distances and can use their times to qualify for other races, including the Boston Marathon.

Start times are 7 a.m. for the marathon and half-marathon and 7:15 a.m. for the 5K. Course services remain open until the last competitor crosses the finish line. Entry options include a separate category for hand-cyclists.

Through Dec. 31, the cost to enter is: $75 for the marathon, $60 for the half-marathon, and $25 for the 5K. Prices go up Jan. 1. Discounts are available for military personnel. To register, visit Race Signup.

Marathon participants receive a full-zip, lightweight hooded sweatshirt, finisher medal, and swag from local businesses. Half-marathon participants receive a race shirt, finisher medal, and promotional offers from local businesses. 5K entrants receive a race shirt and a finisher’s medal.

Once again, the race will play on its London, Ohio/London, England theme, with a bagpiper at the start and British-themed signage along the course.

In another repeat, the London Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K is part of the 2024 RUNColumbus Race Series through which participants earn points by running at least six races in the series. For details, visit https://runcolumbusraceseries.com.

New this year, London’s half marathon race is part of the new USATF Ohio Championship Series, a race series geared for elite runners who are USATF members.

“It’s a great honor to be part of this series,” Mars said.

Proceeds from race day go to Merri Mac Park Miracle, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to make improvements at the park, such as playground equipment, walking paths, and sports fields. The 2023 event netted $15,000 for the cause.

Mars welcomes anyone who would like to be a race sponsor or volunteer. For details, send email to david@marsoh.com.

 

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