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Choo Choo 9 Miler and 5K

Sun April 7, 2024 Directions


9 Miler Run/Walk

$60 9:00AM EDT Registration ends April 6, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

5K Run/Walk

$45 9:00AM EDT Registration ends April 6, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Kids Run (~400 meters)

$5 8:45AM EDT Registration ends April 6, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT
Open to ages 13 and under.


Race start times: Kids Run 8:45 AM - 9 Miler and 5K: 9:00 AM


About this Race

Whether you're getting ready for that Spring half marathon or looking to test your winter training in a 5K, the Choo Choo is for you. We have race options of 5K and 9 miles. Join us on April 7th for something fantastic, the Choo Choo 9 Miler and 5K. This race is all on the paved asphalt Scioto Greenway Trails, it is not a trail run.

We're going to deliver great shirts, finisher medals for everyone, and a fun time. You're going to deliver the memories. Band together with the rest of the rail workers and come run with us! 

Our benefiting charity

The Choo Choo 9 Miler and 5K is supporting Deaf Services Center through donations made through the race site. If you want to help out or learn more, simply click on the big "DONATE" button at the top of the page. You are not required to register for the race to donate.

The Choo Choo 9 Miler and 5K is part of the 2024 season of the RUNColumbus Race Series!

Referral Rewards!

All 9 Miler and 5K registrants will receive a referral link/code via email when they register. Send this to your network of family, friends, running buddies, etc. If 5 people use your link to register, you will have $20 of your paid registration fee returned to the credit card used to sign up for the event!

Share and save!

For questions about how to get your referral link if you missed it initially, click here.

Additional Race Information

Why 9 Miles? And Why the Choo Choo?

The Choo Choo 9 Miler & 5k pay tribute to one of the legends of central Ohio, the late Silas B. Rutherford.  For the full story of why we cover 9 miles, please be sure to read up on the legend of the great Silas here.  

All 9 Miler, 5K, and Kids Run finishers will receive a sweet Choo Choo finisher medal. 

Course details

Our 2024 courses are being finalized in concert with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. We will update the website and all registered participants once they are ready for publication.

Need to switch your event after you've registered?

You can do that! Whether you want to jump up or down in distance, it's important for both safety and awards purposes to be sure you're registered for the proper event you'll do on race day. Simply follow the instructions here and you'll be all set! Please note: this event transfer service is available through 11:59p on April 6.

Early Packet Pickup

Race packets may be picked up early at Columbus Running Company's Westerville location (50 North State St) on Thursday, April 4 (10a-8p), Friday, April 5 (10a-8p), and Saturday, April 6 (10a-6p). Participants may also pick up their packets at the race beginning at 7:30a on April 7.


There is ample parking near Genoa Park in downtown Columbus - at COSI, across the river in multiple garages, all within a 1/2-mile walk. And remember, if you can find an open one... parking meters are free on Sundays in downtown Columbus. 

Race Day Registration

There is no race day registration and there will be no waitlist. Race day packet pickup is available for those who cannot make the early packet pickup and will begin near the start line on the lower amphitheater at 7:30a.


Each of the 9-Mile and 5K races will be chip timed, and finishers in all events will receive an awesome medal to honor their accomplishment. Top finishers and age group winners in the 9 Miler and 5K events will receive special awards and recognition.

Create a Team

Have fun with a group and participate as a team. Each team member must individually pre-register under their team name. The first person signing up for a team will create the team during the registration process and all others signing up for that team will select their team name during their registration. For help with team registration and/or creation, please view the help topic by clicking here.

Participant Guidelines

Running with a stroller is absolutely fine. At the race start, please line up at the back of the pack for safety reasons. Running with dogs is prohibited: as is bicycling, inline skating, scooters, hoverboards, etc. Walking and running only in this event. 


What time does the course close?

The course will remain open for all events for 3 hours. Most notably, this means that participants in the 9-mile event must maintain a 20:00/mile pace.

Race Contact Info

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


Genoa Park - Downtown Columbus

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