Downtown Cincinnati is Miles 3.5 – 6 of the full and half marathon courses. Runners and walkers will be making their way across the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge back into Ohio, through a small portion of the City’s west side, and straight through downtown Cincinnati. Spectators who left their runners at the start line can catch a glimpse of the marathoners and half-marathoners as they return to the Buckeye state via the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge or may wish to head directly north on Central Ave to the first Party Zone located at 7th & Central to enjoy complimentary refreshments while cheering on the participants. 7th Street runs the length of downtown and provides great energy to runners and walkers while providing spectators a snapshot view of downtown. At the corner of 7th & Plum is the Plum Street Temple. It was from this Byzantine-Moorish-styled building that Rabbi Isaac m. Wise founded the institutions of Reform Judaism in the 19th century. At Race Street, check out the 19th century Art Deco-styled Shillito/Lazarus Building, a former gigantic department store and now loft apartments. A few blocks down 7th Street at Walnut Street is the Aronoff Center for the Arts, one of the cultural hubs of the city. Spectators for the half-marathon may choose to head to the Casino Area Party Zone at Central Parkway and Eggleston Avenue.
Suggested Viewing Spots
- Party Zone – Complimentary Refreshments
- 7th Street & Central Avenue (Full & Half-Marathon)
- Eggleston Avenue & Central Parkway (Half-Marathon only)