Press Release

Press Release

Papa John’s of Central Ohio To Host Post-Race Pizza Party, Sponsor Training Tips & Pace Teams In 2019

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (January 25, 2019) — Papa John’s of Central Ohio, the Official Pizza of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, will return as a major sponsor for a fifth straight year as well as be a major partner of the LIVE broadcast on WBNS 10TV.

For a third straight year, Papa John’s will get runners and walkers to the Start Line and then guide them to the Finish Line by sponsoring Official Training Tips and Pace Teams in addition to being the event’s official pizza and hosting the World’s Largest Pizza Party at the Post-Race Party.

The 2019 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, OhioHealth Quarter Marathon and Commit To Be Fit 5K will be held in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods on April 27, 2019. All events begin and finish at the Columbus Commons. The event will be broadcast LIVE on WBNS 10TV.

Papa John’s of Central Ohio, with 27 restaurants in Central Ohio, has been the Official Pizza of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon since 2015.

In 2019, Papa John’s will again provide Better Training, Better Fuel Tips to runners and walkers that will be featured in the Capital City Half Marathon Newsletter and on social media. On Race Day, Papa John’s sponsors the Papa John’s Pace Team that leads runners and walkers of all skill levels to successfully complete the Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon or 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K.

“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,” Race Director David Babner said. “We are excited to continue our partnership in 2019 with training tips and the Papa John’s pacers. And then of course we will again celebrate all finishers at the Post-Race Party with the World’s Largest Pizza Party.”

Papa John’s of Central Ohio delivers more than 2,000 large pizzas from 11 restaurants to the Columbus Commons on Race Day to provide a complimentary slice to the event’s 13,500 participants. The unique giveaway has been tremendously popular since it debuted in 2015.

Finally, Papa John’s will donate five percent of gross sales on Race Day in its 27 restaurants to the OhioHealth Foundation, the benefiting charity of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon since 2015.

“Papa John’s is proud to be the Official Pizza of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and excited to continue our involvement in 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.”

Papa John’s customers can Save $10 with the Discount Code 19PAPAJOHNS. Registration is available at

Johncol, Inc., the franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza, is based in Columbus with 27 franchise locations headed up by Vice President/Operating Partner Charles Burris. Johncol, Inc. opened its first store in Columbus on Bethel Road in 1991. Johncol, Inc. continues to be an active member of Central Ohio communities and received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Papa John’s International in 2016 for its community involvement programs.