Goodwill Partners with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

The 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon has had an extra dose of “Goodwill” every step of the way.

For weeks, Goodwill Columbus’s Contract Services workforce has been busy stuffing 37,000 goody bags for the event, to be handed out to all those participating in the Marathon and 1/2 Marathon, on Sunday, October 19, and the Highlights Kids' Run on Saturday, October 18. Dozens of individuals with developmental disabilities and other barriers served by Goodwill Columbus had the opportunity to work on the project.

“Giving our participants the opportunity to earn a paycheck instills so much confidence in them,  said Margie Pizzuti, Goodwill Columbus President and CEO. “The ongoing partnership we have enjoyed with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon has been tremendously beneficial and we are so appreciative.”

During the two days preceding the Marathon, on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, runners will gather at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, to meet representatives at more than 100 fitness booths (for expo times please visit: Goodwill Columbus will have a booth at the expo, and will sell articles of gently used athletic apparel at rock bottom prices.  This is the third year Goodwill has been invited to have a retail presence at the expo. Clothing for sale will include jackets, running shorts, t-shirts, pants, bathrobes, hats and gloves. 

 Marathon runners often shed clothing at the start of a long race, leaving city streets littered with discarded apparel. The day of the Marathon, 20 Goodwill employees will trail runners for the first four miles of the race, picking up clothing before it becomes fodder for landfills. Untarnished clothing collected during the race will be sold at Goodwill Columbus retail locations to help fund programs that transform the lives of individuals with disabilities and other barriers through pathways to independence and the power of work. 

 Goodwill Columbus has been proudly serving the local community for 75 years. Since 1939 the agency has dedicated itself to building independence, quality of life and work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers. Goodwill Columbus is the sixth largest nonprofit in central Ohio and is among the top 50 largest employers central Ohio.  Goodwill Columbus provides nearly 2 million hours of service to more than 3,800 participants with disabilities and other barriers through day habilitation programs, community-based supported living services, employment training and job placement services. For more information on Goodwill Columbus, please visit our website at