Papa John's of Central Ohio will feature the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon on hundreds of thousands of pizza boxes during a six-week promotion leading into the annual spring celebration of fitness on April 30.
The promotion is the first of its kind for a major running event in the country. The Columbus Blue Jackets were the first National Hockey League team to be featured on a Papa John's box, and now the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon is the first running event. Papa John's is the Official Pizza of the Capital City Half Marathon and the Blue Jackets.
“Papa John's is a tremendous partner of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and huge supporter of our professional sports teams and our community,” said Race Director David Babner. “We are honored to have a corporate partner re-branding such an important asset to help promote the National Championship edition of the Capital City Half Marathon to hundreds of thousands of Papa John's customers throughout Central Ohio.”
The Papa John's pizza boxes promote that the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and USATF Half Marathon Championships will be televised live on WBNS 10TV for the first time and that proceeds of a Papa John's online special benefits the OhioHealth Foundation.
“Papa John's is proud to be the Official Pizza of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and excited to be part of such a major community event. We are also extremely proud to continue our support of the OhioHealth Foundation,” said Charles Burris, Vice President / Operating Partner of Johncol Inc. franchisee of Papa John's in Central Ohio. “We encourage all of our customers to participate in Cap City by running or walking in the event, coming out and cheering on family and friends or supporting the OhioHealth Foundation through our special offers.”
Papa John's of Central Ohio will throw the “World's Largest Pizza Party” by offering a free slice to all of the finishers in the Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon and 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K at the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party in the Columbus Commons. Papa John's donates an estimated 2,000 large pizzas for the giveaway.
Through Race Day, Papa John's of Central Ohio is offering an online special offer for two large one-topping pizzas and a 2-liter of soda for $22, with $2 of each purchase donated to the OhioHealth Foundation. Visit www.papajohns.com and select SPECIALS to purchase.
On April 30, Papa John's will also donate five percent of gross sales in its 25 restaurants to the OhioHealth Foundation, the benefiting charity of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon since 2015.
The promotional pizza box also features a special offer to Papa John's customers for a $10 discount into the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon and 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K with the code 16PAPAJOHNS.
In 2016, a portion of Cap City's proceeds and 100 percent of Papa John's fund-raising campaigns associated with the event benefit fragile newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and hospice patients at Kobacker House, OhioHealth's inpatient hospice care facility.
The 2016 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon, 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K and 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships will be held in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods on April 30. All events begin and finish at the Columbus Commons, home of the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party and Miller Lite Post-Race Concert.