Arnold Sports Festival - Running Events

Sun March 6, 2022 Directions

Arnold 5K Pump and Run

$80 10:30AM EST Registration ends March 5, 2022 at 5:00pm EST

Arnold 5K (run only)

$50 $35 9:15AM EST Price increases after January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

The Arnold Sports Festival is BACK!

Be a part of one of the largest multi-sport events in the WORLD as you sign up for the Arnold Pump & Run 5K or the run-only Arnold 5K, both returning to Columbus on March 6, 2022.

There are two events you can be a part of: the Arnold Pump & Run 5K where you both bench press and run a 5K, or the run-only Arnold 5K which is a 5K run only. Participation in either event gets you the following:

  • A quality event t-shirt
  • A great finisher medal for all participants
  • An event-specific race number
  • Free entry ($25 value) into the Arnold Fitness EXPO on Sunday, March 6

All participant registration is available online only.

Prefer to volunteer instead of participating? Check out our volunteer page for opportunities to help out with one of the best events in town. Volunteers will receive one free entry into a future Columbus Running Company-owned event.


  • Arnold 5K (run only) - 9:15 AM

  • Arnold Pump & Run 5K - 10:30 AM

Additional Race Information

Early Packet Pick-up 

Athletes can pick up their race packet early ONLY at Columbus Running Company's Dublin, Short North, or Pickerington locations on Thursday, March 3 (10a-8p), Friday, March 4 (10a-8p), or Saturday, March 5 (10a-6p). Race day pickup details are being confirmed, we will release them here once confirmed and also via email to all registrants in a pre-race email.

Refund and Transfer Policy

The Arnold Pump & Run 5K and Arnold 5K WILL NOT ISSUE A REFUND for any reason, such as an injury, scheduling conflict, pregnancy, etc. Nor will the Arnold Pump & Run 5K defer or transfer entries. Your race number cannot be worn by anyone else than the person to whom the number is assigned. If the race is canceled due to inclement weather, COVID-19, or any other reason outside the control of the event directors, the race will not be rescheduled, there will be no refund, and the event will become a virtual 5K with your shirt and medal mailed to you at the address provided in your registration. Any remainder from your entry fee will be donated to a local running club and the Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund.

We do offer registration protector insurance through Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase during your registration.

Participant Caps

Each event is limited to 1,000 participants. 

Pump & Run Weigh-In and Lifting

Details are being finalized regarding Pump & Run weigh-in and lifting areas and will be placed here upon confirmation. We will also email all competitors in all events on Monday of race week with all race instructions (packet pickup, race day, etc).

Pump & Run Bench Press Details

We have detailed help pages for the Arnold Pump & Run. Please view these pages for more details on bench press rules and benching weight based on age and gender. 


Columbus Running Company gift cards (valid in-store AND online) will be mailed post-event to the top five overall men and top five overall women in both events. Finisher medals will be awarded to all finishers in all events.

Arnold Fitness Expo

Athletes registered in either event will receive free entry into the Arnold Fitness Expo on Sunday, March 6th ($25 value). Your free-entry wristband can only be picked up at the event on Sunday morning, and you cannot transfer this pass to an earlier day.


No dogs, baby joggers, unregistered runners, or inline skates are allowed on the course. Athletes need to finish the course in under 60 minutes due to permit and road closure limitations.


Finish line timing provided by Columbus Running Company. 

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Highlights from the 2009 Arnold Pump & Run 5K

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