PAPA JOHN’S OF CENTRAL OHIO TO FEATURE OHIOHEALTH CAPITAL CITY HALF MARATHON ON LARGE PIZZA BOXES IN FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PROMOTION

PAPA JOHN’S OF CENTRAL OHIO TO FEATURE OHIOHEALTH CAPITAL CITY HALF MARATHON ON LARGE PIZZA BOXES IN FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PROMOTION

IMG_3539COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 9, 2016) – Papa John’s of Central Ohio will feature the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon on hundreds of thousands of pizza boxes during a six-week promotion leading into the annual spring celebration of fitness on April 30.

The promotion is the first of its kind for a major running event in the country. The Columbus Blue Jackets were the first National Hockey League team to be featured on a Papa John’s box, and now the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon is the first running event. Papa John’s is the Official Pizza of the Capital City Half Marathon and the Blue Jackets.

“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 honored to have a corporate partner re-branding such an important asset to help promote the National Championship edition of the Capital City Half Marathon to hundreds of thousands of Papa John’s customers throughout Central Ohio.”

The Papa John’s pizza boxes promote that the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and USA Half Marathon Championships will be televised live on WBNS 10TV for the first time and that proceeds of a Papa John’s online special benefits the OhioHealth Foundation.

“Papa John’s is proud to be the Official Pizza of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and excited to be part of such a major community event. We are also extremely proud to continue our support of the OhioHealth Foundation,” said Charles Burris, Operating Partner of Papa John’s of 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 through our special offers.”

Papa John’s of Central Ohio will throw the “World’s Largest Pizza Party” by offering a free slice to all of the finishers in the Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon and 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K at the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party in the Columbus Commons. Papa John’s donates an estimated 2,000 large pizzas for the giveaway.

Through Race Day, Papa John’s of Central Ohio is offering an online special offer for two large one-topping pizzas and a 2-liter of soda for $22, with $2 of each purchase donated to the OhioHealth Foundation. Visit www.papajohns.com and select SPECIALS to purchase.

On April 30, Papa John’s will also donate five percent of gross sales in its 25 restaurants to the OhioHealth Foundation, the benefiting charity of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon since 2015.

The promotional pizza box also features a special offer to Papa John’s customers for a $10 discount into the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon and 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K with the code 16PAPAJOHNS.

In 2016, a portion of Cap City’s proceeds and 100 percent of Papa John’s fund-raising campaigns associated with the event benefit fragile newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and hospice patients at Kobacker House, OhioHealth’s inpatient hospice care facility.

The 2016 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon, 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K and 2016 USA Half Marathon Championships will be held in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods on April 30. 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 and partners include OhioHealth, KeyBank, Diamond Cellar, Byers Airport Subaru, Papa John’s of Central Ohio, Yellow Tail Sparkling Wine, Marathon Petroleum, Tequila Patrón, Giant Eagle, Miller Lite, WBNS 10TV, Panera Bread, Gatorade, Diet Pepsi, 614 Magazine, Proforma Graphic Services, BOOM! Nutrition, Fleet Feet Sports Columbus and Uber.

For more information on the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and to register, visit capitalcityhalfmarathon.com.

Johncol, Inc. the franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 27 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 5 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 now Lancaster. Papa John’s is the official pizza partner of the Columbus Blue Jackets. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s of Columbus at www.papajohnscolumbus.com.
Also visit us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/papajohnscolumbus or Twitter at https://twitter.com/papajohnscbus.

If you would like more information or want to schedule an interview with Charles Burris, please contact:

Julie Kooser at 740-549-2201 ext 2007 or julie@papajohnscolumbus.com

About the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and M3S Sports
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. The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and the City of Columbus will host the USA Half Marathon Championships in 2016 & 2017. DailyBurn named The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon the “Best Half Marathon In Ohio” in January 2014. M3S Sports also produces the Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon, the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, the Ohio State Four Miler, The Memorial Tournament Four Miler and a variety of other running and walking events in Central Ohio. For more information, visit www.capitalcityhalfmarathon.com and www.m3ssports.com

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