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Columbus Marathon raises $1.2 million for Nationwide Children's Hospital

The Columbus Marathon hosted 18,000 runners Sunday in downtown Columbus. (WSYX/WTTE)

A field of 18,000 people competed Sunday in the Columbus Marathon and Half Marathon.

Ethiopian Teklu Deneke won the race, covering the 26,2 miles in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 26 seconds. Deneke's countryman Temesgen Bekele was second and Cleveland's Makorobondo Salukombo was third.

Other winners were:

Marathon Women

  • Susan Jerotich, Kenya 2:37:31
  • Anne Flower, Columbus 2:46:12
  • Sarah Biehl, Portsmouth, OH 2:49:02

Half Marathon Men

  • Macdonard Ondara, Kenya 1:03:35
  • Benard Ngeno, Kenya 1:03:54
  • Simion Chirchir, Kenya 1:04:14

Half Marathon Female

  • Sophy Jepchirchir, Kenya 1:13:33
  • Andie Cozzarelli, Raleigh, NC 1:16:53
  • Jessica Hoover, Columbus 1:20:06

Marathon – Wheelchair Male

  • Steven Smith, Plover, WI 1:55:52

Marathon --- Wheelchair Female

  • Jenna Fesemyer, Champaign, IL 2:16:23

The event raised $1.2 million for Nationwide Children's Hospital.

“This event showcases the best of Columbus to a field of thousands of athletes – many of them coming from out of town and experiencing our city and region for the first time,” race director Darris Blackford said. “But even better than that is our partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Our athletes are so inspired by seeing these Patient Champions at every mile. They have fought overwhelming odds and are a visual reminder of the life-saving work that Nationwide Children’s Hospital does for children in Central Ohio and around the country and the globe. It’s our great honor to partner with them to raise $7 million over the past six years.”

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