Arnold Sports Festival - Running Events

Sun March 5, 2023 Directions RaceJoy Ready

Arnold 5K Pump and Run

$80 10:30AM EST
89 spots left. Registration ends March 4, 2023 at 5:00pm EST
Open to ages 18+.

Arnold 5K (run only)

$50 $40 10:30AM EST Price increases after February 28, 2023 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 5, 2023.

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 5

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) - 10:30 AM

  • Arnold Pump & Run 5K - 10:30 AM

Additional Race Information

Early Packet Pickup 

Athletes can pick up their race packet early ONLY at Columbus Running Company's Dublin, Short North, or Pickerington locations on Thursday, March 2 (10a-8p), Friday, March 3 (10a-8p), or Saturday, March 4 (10a-5p). Race day check-in will operate between 6:15 AM and 10:15 AM.

Event Day Timeline

  • 6:15 AM - Race day check-in and registration begins. Please note: race day registration is only available for the Arnold 5K (run only). Pump & Run registration closes on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 5:00 PM.
  • 6:30 AM - Pump & Run weigh-in and lifting begins in Hall D
  • 9:00 AM - Pump & Run weigh-in and lifting close. All Pump & Run competitors must begin weigh-in and lifting by 9 AM. No exceptions!
  • 10:15 AM - Check-in for all 5K events closes. Please note: all Arnold 5K Pump & Run competitors who are checking in after 9:00 AM will not be able to weigh in or lift
  • 10:30 AM - The Arnold 5K (run only) and Arnold 5K Pump & Run start together on North High St at Spruce St

Refunds, Deferrals, Transfers, Waitlists, etc.

New for 2023! The Arnold 5K and Arnold Pump & Run 5K now offer refunds (with refund amounts graduated by date) and a waitlist for any sold-out events. Please review the detailed Refund/Waitlist FAQ page for more details. The Arnold 5K and Arnold Pump & Run 5K do not allow deferrals to future event years or any kind of event/participant transfers.

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 and Restrictions

The Pump & Run 5K is limited to 1,000 participants (no limit for Arnold 5K run only). Participants in the Pump & Run must be at least 18 years of age - no exceptions.

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 5th ($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 is provided by Columbus Running Company. 

2023 Finisher Medal!

2022 T-Shirt (2023 T-Shirt Coming Soon!)

Race Contact Info

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Arnold Sports Festival - Running Events.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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