For Immediate Release For More Information, Contact:
Feb. 24, 2006 Sarah Irvin, 614-443-4565
COLUMBUS MARATHON BOARD SELECTS NEW TEAM
TO DIRECT 2006 COLUMBUS MARATHON
Fat Rabbit Racing to produce Oct. 15 event; 2006 Columbus Marathon Board announced
(COLUMBUS, OH) - The Columbus Marathon's board of trustees has selected Fat Rabbit Racing
as its race management team for the Columbus Marathon. The 2006 Columbus Marathon marks
the 27th running of the event and is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15.
"Fat Rabbit Racing has a reputation for generating fresh ideas and we look for their input to
benefit all racers - first-timers, Boston qualifiers and 'back-of-the-packers' – well into the future,"
said Cynthia Lazarus, president of the Columbus Marathon board of trustees. "We are confident
Fat Rabbit Racing will uphold and enhance the Columbus Marathon’s tradition of excellence as
one of the top marathons in the United States.”
Fat Rabbit Racing (www.fatrabbitracing.com), founded in 2001, has quickly gained a reputation
for producing exciting nationally and internationally recognized multisport events – triathlons,
duathlons, aquathlons, and other races. Fat Rabbit Racing, featuring the experienced event
management team of Scott Weaver, Craig Thompson and Jeff Glaze, provides endurance athletes
from all levels and experience a menu of quality events each year. Scott Weaver will assume the
role of executive director of the 2006 Columbus Marathon.
Cynthia Lazarus of YWCA Columbus will lead the 2006 board of trustees along with James R.
Burke, Nationwide; John R. Gall, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P.; Philomena M. Dane,
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P.; Linda Logan, Columbus Sports Commission; Stephanie
May, Casto; Roger P. Sugarman, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter; Keith DeVoe III, DesignGroup,
Patty Harris, Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks; and Bill Burns, Squire, Sanders &
The Columbus Marathon was one of the 20 largest marathons of the 314 conducted in the U.S. in
2005, according to Running USA. Nearly one-in-five finishers (18.4 percent) qualified for the
The popularity of marathons throughout the U.S. surged this past year, with more than 382,000
finishers, a 5.9 percent increase from 2004. The flat, fast track the Columbus Marathon offers
makes the race a popular choice for beginners or professionals, Lazarus said.
“A lot of people come here for the first time and are impressed with Columbus’s unmistakable
charm as well as the beauty and pace of our course,” Lazarus said. “Add in the many
entertainment choices downtown Columbus offers them and members of their family and it’s
easy to see why such national exposure has been given to the Columbus Marathon.”
The Columbus Marathon is presented by Nationwide and Discount Drug Mart. Last year’s race
featured approximately 5,000 marathon runners, walkers and wheelchair racers; 700 relay teams;
1,500 volunteers and tens of thousands spectators. Visit www.columbusmarathon.com for more