Event Policies

Rules and Regulations

The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the race! However, we do have some basic rules that will ensure everything runs smoothly.

Refunds/Bib Transfer

There are NO REFUNDS. We do permit registration (bib) transfers to other participants. Please see the Participant to Participant Transfer page for details.

Prohibited Items

Pets (other than service animals, see below), roller blades, skateboards, and bikes are not allowed in the race. This is for the safety of all participants.

Inclement Weather

Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, paying special attention to the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and/or extreme temperatures. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these predictions on the Challenge Columbus 5k website in the days leading up to the event and on our Facebook page on the day of the event. These messages will allow participants to adequately prepare for severe weather during the race as well as possible course alterations.

On race day, the Race Director will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the course. Possible scenarios include: change of start time on the scheduled date, modification of the race format, change of race date or cancellation of the event. No refunds will be given should the event cancel due to weather. For any weather cancellation, a decision will be made with the city police.

Wet, slick roadways standing water and poor visibility due to heavy rains may require rerouting or shortening the course.

Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 15 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 15 minute increments.


For safety purposes, only service animals are allowed at our events. A service animal is a working animal, not a pet. Ohio Administrative Code § 4112-5-06 prohibits a place of public accommodation from discriminating against a person with a disability, including denying him or her “the attendance of an animal assistant” or requiring him or her “to pay an extra charge for the attendance of the animal assistant.”

Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the service animal’s handler must maintain control of the animal, and the animal must have a harness, leash or other tether. However, if a disability prevents the person from using a harness, leash or other tether or if a harness, leash or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, then the animal’s handler must maintain control of the service animal through other effective means, such as voice control or signals.

Before a person who needs a service animal can have any legal protections, he or she must have a disability, which is defined by the Disability Rights of Ohio.

Please visit http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/service-animals for more details.

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