Columbus Donut Run

Sun October 27, 2019 Columbus, OH US 43215 Directions RaceJoy Ready

The Donut Run is an annual 5K running and walking event to benefit Head and Neck Cancer Research at The James – OSUCCC.  The Columbus Donut Run allocates all funds raised by the event to the Joan Bisesi Oncology Fund for Head and Neck Cancer Research at The James – OSUCCC. It is the original 5K that pays homage to the donut. 

We are proud to be one of the three featured races in The James 5K Race Series!

Each participant will receive:
   -Donut holes & water twice along the course
   -A limited edition Columbus Donut Run T-shirt
   -Coffee and a ½ dozen donuts at the finish line & lots of tasty fun!

Race Contact Info

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

Additional Race Information

The James 5K Race Series

The Columbus Donut Run is proud to be a part of the James 5K Race Series. You can learn more about the series here: 


Early Packet Pickup

Early packet pickup will be hosted by Columbus Running Company. On Thursday, October 24, Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26 your materials (race bag, bib number, and t-shirt) will be available during normal store hours (10a-8p Th-Fr, 10a-5p Sat) at the CRC location you visit. With convenient locations in Dublin, Pickerington, Westerville, and Columbus' Short North neighborhood, you can pick the store nearest you.



For help with team registration and/or creation, please view the help topic by clicking here. If you forgot to join a team during the registration process but would like to later, you can do that! Just follow the instructions here.

  • Special Recognition of TEAM participation
  • Wear & Show off your Team’s T-shirt
  • Special Photo Op day of the event by the “BIG” Donut 
  • NEW this year….Special Recognition Honors will be given to:
    • the TEAM that raises the most money, and
    • the TEAM with the most participants

The winners for the two top TEAMS will be announced on Race Day and will receive a “Special Day” with the Head and Neck Researchers at OSUCCC which will include a tour of the lab and to hear about the latest and greatest advances in research along with a Pizza and Donut Party. The two top TEAMS will also receive a special photo op with Brutus Buckeye for publication and recognition on the Donut Run Website.

All TEAMS are encouraged to:

  • Wear & Show off their Team’s T-shirt
  • Pose for a Special Photo Op day of the event by the “BIG” Donut 

All Teams will receive Special Recognition for TEAM participation.

Can children participate?

If they can cover the three-plus miles of the Donut Run course by running, jogging or walking they can absolutely participate in The Columbus Donut Run! Because of the overall costs involved with our participant swag, the price for a 5K registration is the same regardless of age. Strollers are welcome and there is no need to register a child using a stroller. While strollers are welcome we do ask that they line up in the back for the safety of the runners.

Please note: NEW IN 2019, the Columbus Donut Run has added a Kids Race. Held 30 minutes prior to the 5K, we'll have a short ~200-meter course laid out for the youngsters. Kids Race registration is $15 and includes an event t-shirt, Kids Race bib number, as well as a special finish line treat.


There are plenty of parking options at COSI and across the river in parking garages. Finally, remember that open meters are free on Sundays, as well.

Can I run with my pet?

Sorry, for the safety of our runners and furry friends, we do not allow animals on the course.

Is the Donut Run timed?

Yes, The Donut Run 5K is a timed event.  Columbus Running Company uses race|result electronic timing with live results available along with final results for division winners and a complete listing of overall results available upon race completion.

What is "Donuts in Bed"?

This is our fun name for participating virtually. If you can't be at the event but would still like to get a Columbus Donut Run t-shirt, sign up for Donuts in Bed and you can pick up your shirt during early packet pickup at any Columbus Running Company location as noted above. You don't need to run/walk/crawl a 5K, just sign up for Donuts in Bed and you're a part of the Columbus Donut Run from wherever you happen to be on event day! Please note: t-shirts will not be mailed, you must pick up during early packet pickup to receive your shirt.

What if my question isn't answered here?

Please use the "QUESTIONS" button to contact us and we will get back to you with an answer.

Interested in volunteering?

No great race happens without a lot of help. The Columbus Donut Run would love to have your assistance to put on this wonderful event. Please visit the Volunteer tab at the top of this page to see the many areas where volunteers are need and sign up today!  If you have additional questions regarding the volunteer areas, please email Volunteer Coordinator, Lynda Sowards at or 614.425.7050 or Race Director, Gaila Konneker at or 614.685.9866.

Race route

303 W Broad St
Genoa Park
Columbus, OH US 43215

Free Live Tracking and Progress Alerts on Race Day!
(Race organizers are providing this as an included service.)

Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at the Columbus Donut Run.

Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive GPS-based progress alerts at mile points on the course for current pace and estimated finish time.
  • Post to your Facebook and Twitter walls.
  • Have friends and family track your performance.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Supporting spectators can track your blue dot moving along the course from home or at the race site.
  • NearMe proximity alerts notify spectators when you are drawing near.
  • Find each other using RaceJoy’s MeetUp tool.


  • Receive fun, motivational audio cheers from your supporting fans.
  • Start sending cheers to others doing the race at any time.

The Columbus Donut Run is sponsoring RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators these features for free (normally a 99 cents upgrade fee for both the participant and spectator).

- Participant must carry phone
- No official race timing information is provided for this race in RaceJoy
2019 Race Shirt

Here’s a sneak peek at our 2019 Columbus Donut Run tee! Only 3,000 shirts available. Reserve yours by registering today!



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