May 15, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twenty-one members of the Ohio State women’s swimming team, along with coaches and staff, got up bright and early to pass out water and other drinks to runners in the ninth-annual Capital City Half Marathon held in Columbus.

“It’s a great feeling for our ladies to be able to give back to the community,” associate head coach Stefanie Williams said. “They feel a sense of reward afterwards because just a few simple words… ‘Keep it up!’ or ‘You’re doing great’, can make a difference in a runner’s attitude especially in the middle of a 13.1 mile race.”

This year’s event featured the Capital City Half Marathon (13.1 miles), the second-annual Patron Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), the popular Commit To Be Fit 5K (3 miles) and the Capital Kids Mascot Chase.

“The girls have a blast encouraging all of the runners who participated in this event,” Williams said. “I personally think it brings them closer as a team because manning an Aid Station takes a lot of communicating and teamwork when you have 10,000 runners wanting water NOW!”