Race directors share updates on upcoming Columbus events in Virtual Sports Report

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For many people, this weekend was expected to be a celebration.

Saturday would have been the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Commit to Be Fit 5K.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the race events have been sidelined.

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10TV reached out to David Babner, founder of M3S Sports and race director for the Cap City and he says the half marathon will still happen, but just a little later than expected, in August.

The OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon will take place on August 23, with the Cap City events to follow on August 29.

The races will not be combined, but anyone who runs both will receive a running hat, Babner said.

One noted silver lining is that with the half marathon happening in August, the timing will work out for many runners training for the full Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, which is expected to happen in October.

On Thursday, both Babner and Columbus Marathon Race Director, Darris Blackford, spoke as panelists on the Greater Columbus Sports Commission’s weekly Virtual Sports Report.

Babner and Blackford discussed everything from race timelines to social distancing and how they are approaching the events during the pandemic.

“We won’t produce an event that’s not safe for everybody to participate in, but when we do, we will produce a celebration like folks haven’t seen before,” Babner said.

To watch the full report, click here.

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission's weekly Virtual Sports Report, presented by Marathon, airs every Thursday at 11 a.m.

The report allows anyone to sit down with sports teams and professionals to talk about all things sports and participate in Q&A at the end of each segment.

To learn more about the Virtual Sports Report, click here.

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