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Running Opportunities In and Around Campus

 Written by    June 27, 2017

Hello fellow Buckeye runners! Hoping to find where to run on campus and join races? Looking for some running buddies? When I first came on to campus a few years ago, I wish I had known about these opportunities for running and working out on campus and in the surrounding area. Here are my recommendations for routes, races, and people to run with!

Where is the best place to run?

Located on the west edge of campus is the Olentangy Trail. Because it is so long, I have attached the map in three images. You can locate campus in the second, middle image in grey.

The best entrance points to the trail by campus are near the medical campus, by the towers, by the ‘Shoe, or just after the Lane Ave. bridge by St. John Arena. Here is a close up view of the trail near campus.

As you can see the path runs along side the river for a good portion of the route and you are free to run either north or south of campus. This is a mostly shaded path with lots of traffic so I have felt totally safe running in the early hours of the morning as well as the evening. There are a fair amount of cyclists that use this trail as well so it is important to use the “right-side” rule. However this is easily the best running location that is connected to campus.

Where can I participate in races that are close to campus? I want a medal for my hard work!

My favorite cite to check up on races in the general area is “Running in the USA.” You can chose how far you want to run, the month you want to run that distance in and more. There are direct links to all the cites to sign up for each race. A few of the popular ones that many Ohio State students participate in include the Nationwide Children’s Columbus Marathon and Half Marathon and the Capital City Half Marathon. You can read about my experience and my tips for running a marathon in my post “How to Run a Marathon When You Don’t Like Running” when I participated in the Columbus Marathon last year.

I want to be a part of a club, run with people, or participate in a running team. What should I do?

Although I have never been a part of the Ohio State Running Club, I have many friends who have participated in it and have loved being a part of it. You can participate as little or as much as you want and the competitive portion of the club has a track team that competes at various locations. More info can be found at the Ohio State Involvement fair hosted on the Oval on August 20 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Happy running!



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