COLUMBUS, Ohio (January 30 2017) – For the third straight year, Papa John’s of Central Ohio will be a major partner of the 2017 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and a major partner of the LIVE broadcast on WBNS 10TV.
New this year, Papa John’s will help get runners and walkers to the Start Line and then guide them to the Finish Line by adding Official Training Tips and Pace Teams to its creative activation elements, race organizers announced today.
Papa John’s of Central, with 28 restaurants in Central Ohio, has been the Official Pizza of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon since 2015.
In 2017, Papa John’s will provide “Better Training, Better Fuel Tips” to runners and walkers that will be featured in the Capital City Half Marathon Newsletter on online in the months prior to the event. On Race Day, Papa John’s will sponsor the “Papa John’s Pace Team” that will lead the way as runners and walker of all skill levels successfully complete the Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon or 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K.
“Papa John’s is a tremendous partner of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and huge supporter of our professional sports teams and our community,” said Race Director David Babner. “We are excited to expand our partnership with Papa John’s in 2017 to include Better Training, Better Fuel Tips and the Papa John’s Pacers. And then of course we will continue the tradition of celebrating all finishers on at the post-race party Race Day with the World’s Largest Pizza Party.”
Papa John’s of Central Ohio will deliver more than 2,000 large pizza from 11 different restaurants to the Columbus Commons on Race Day in order to provide a complimentary slice of pizza to the event’s 14,500 participants. The unique giveaway has been tremendously popular with participants since it debuted in 2015.
Finally, Papa John’s will again donate five percent of gross sales on Race Day in its 25 restaurants to the OhioHealth Foundation, the benefiting charity of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon since 2015.
“Papa John’s is proud to be the Official Pizza of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and excited to increase our involvement in such a major community event. We are also extremely proud to continue our support of the OhioHealth Foundation,” said Charles Burris, Vice President / Operating Partner of Johncol Inc., franchisee of Papa John’s in Central Ohio. “We encourage all of our customers to participate in Cap City by running or walking in the event, coming out and cheering on family and friends or supporting the OhioHealth Foundation.”
The 2017 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K and 2017 USA Half Marathon Championships will be held in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods on April 29. All events begin and finish at the Columbus Commons, home of the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party and Miller Lite Post-Race Concert.
OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon sponsors include OhioHealth, Diamond Cellar, Papa John’s, Yellow Tail Sparkling Wine, Marathon Petroleum, Byers Airport Subaru, Tequila Patrón, Giant Eagle, Miller Lite, WBNS 10TV, Gatorade Endurance, Diet Pepsi, 614 Magazine, TAG Heuer, Boom! Nutrition, Fleet Feet Sports + FrontRunner, Under Armour and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
For more information on the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and to register, visit capitalcityhalfmarathon.com
About the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon
The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon was founded in 2004 and is produced by M3S Sports, a sports marketing firm based in Columbus dedicated to celebrating a healthy active lifestyle. DailyBurn named The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon the “Best Half Marathon In Ohio” in January 2014. M3S Sports also produces the OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon, the Ohio State Four Miler, the 5th Line 5K in partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Memorial Tournament FORE! Miler and a variety of other running and walking events in Central Ohio. The Capital City Half Marathon will host the USA Half Marathon Championships in 2016 & 2017. For more information, visit www.capitalcityhalfmarathon.com and www.m3ssports.com.
About Papa John’s Pizza
Johncol, Inc. the franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 28 franchise restaurants headed up by Founder Allen Hertzman and Vice President/Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team received the prestigious award of Franchisee of the year 2010 and was selected as Division Franchisee winner and National finalist three of the last five years for their outstanding operations. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield, Newark/Heath and Lancaster. For more information about the company order visit Papa John’s of Columbus at www.papajohnscolumbus.com. Also visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/papajohnscolumbus or Twitter at twitter.com/papajohnscbus.