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America's Largest Walking-Only Race is Coming to Your City...Virtually

And With all the Swag You've Come to Expect.

Because your well-being is our priority, the 16th annual New Albany Walking Classic presented by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is going virtual for 2020. The decision to cancel in-person participation originally scheduled for September 13, 2020 comes after a great deal of deliberation and consultation with health experts and local officials.

Although transitioning to a virtual race may be disappointing to some, we have received feedback from many, including some who have participated in the Walk for 15 years. Their concern about safety while standing on the starting line in tight quarters with 3000 participants was certainly not an example of practicing social distancing during this pandemic. We've listened, we've reacted and we are upbeat about continuing to provide an experience that is second to no other virtual race. The 2020 Walking Classic is going to be a virtual 10k (6.2 miles) This means that registrants can complete the 10k distance between September 1 - September 13, 2020. The race can take place at any time and can be completed in segments or all at once on a course determined by you. You can design your own course and track an accurate distance by using an app such as MapMyRun, Apple Watch, RaceJoy, etc. We are relying on your honesty in completing the walk distance of 6.2 miles.


Walk a 10k Your Way

Regardless of one's age, keeping physically active through walking will increase your quality of life. Over the past 16 years, we have received correspondence from many who walk on their own but cannot complete a 10k (6.2 miles) at one time. Having a virtual race affords an opportunity for everyone to complete the Walking Classic distance. Walk your own chosen distance and pace whether a half-mile per day or a mile per day between September 1 - September 13, 2020. We are making it easy for you. Walk with your friends, children or grandchildren. Can't walk outdoors? Get your miles in by walking on a treadmill.


Especially for Families. Train Together.


NEW THIS YEAR! Adult family members who register at the standard entry fee can now add their children, ages 4-12 for only $15 per child. Children will receive a Walking Classic tee. The deadline to register to receive a tee is August 15, 2020.

UPDATE: Kids Registration is currently full for 2020.

Packet Pick Up: Facts to Know

  • Packet pick-up options:

    1. When you pick up your race packet in person at Columbus Running Company you will receive a $15 coupon toward a minimum purchase of $40. The discount can be used only the day you pick up your packet. You may pick up your packet during regular store hours from September 8 - September 13, 2020.

      • Weekdays 10 am - 8 pm

      • Saturday 10 am - 6 pm

      • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

    2. Select to have your swag shipped to you at no cost

      • If you already paid $30 for shipping you may ask for a refund or donate your $30 to Healthy New Albany, a non-profit organization that supports a food pantry and provides programming and services to those in Central Ohio.

    • If you do not select an option by July 20, 2020, you will be required to pick up your packet in person at Columbus Running Company as detailed above.

    • No packets will be available after September 13, 2020.

  • A valid drivers license (copies are accepted) must be presented to receive your packet.  If picking up for others, you must show a valid driver’s license (or a copy) for each person. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • The Walking Classic has a no refund and no bib transfer policy.


Train for our 10k Distance

Click here to download the Walking Classic 10k training schedule.

You can also train year round with the New Albany Walking Club! Every Sunday morning, walkers from throughout central Ohio and beyond walk together regardless of one’s capabilities.  Visit the Walking Club website for additional information and explore the many benefits of membership. Currently the Walking Club is on hold due to COVID-19. Sunday walks will resume once state guidelines determine it is safe to do so.

Healthy New Albany

c/o New Albany Walking Classic

150 W. Main St, Suite B

New Albany, OH 43054

Tel: 614-685-6343


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