Press Release

Press Release

Papa John's to be the 'Official Pizza Partner' of OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Give Free Slice to 15,000 Runners and Walkers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 9, 2015) — The estimated 15,000 runners and walkers in the 2015 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon will receive a complimentary slice of Papa John's pizza as part of a partnership that makes Papa John's the event's “Official Pizza Partner,” Race Director David Babner announced today.

Papa John's, with 26 locations in Central Ohio, will provide a free slice pizza to those who finish the Capital City Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon or Commit To Be Fit 5K on May 2, 2015 in Downtown Columbus. In addition, Papa John's will sell pizza slices for $2 each during that day during the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the OhioHealth Foundation.

Papa John's will also feature a “Special Offer” on for two large one-item pizzas and a 2-liter of soda for $22, with $2 from each order donated to the OhioHealth Foundation now through Race Day.

In addition, Papa John's of Central Ohio will donate 5 percent of all sales in 26 Central Ohio locations on Race Day, May 2, to the OhioHealth Foundation.

“We are excited to partner with the Capital City Half Marathon and treat each of its more than 15,000 runners and walkers with a free slice of Papa John's pizza,” said Charles Burris, Vice President / Operating Partner of Johncol, Inc., the Central Ohio franchise for Louisville, Ky.-based Papa John's. “And we are proud to support the OhioHealth Foundation and their worthwhile mission.”

The Capital City Half Marathon is nationally known for its celebratory vibe, with participants already receiving complimentary Yellow Tail Sparking Wine, Patrón Palomas and Michelob Ultra to finishers 21 and over.

“I have long admired Papa John's and Charles Burris' commitment to Central Ohio and am thrilled that Papa John's is now the Official Pizza Partner of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon,” Babner said. “This is a marriage of two great brands that will work in partnership to make an already great event even better and help raise money for a great cause.”

The OhioHealth Foundation is the benefitting charity of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon. Proceeds from on-site pizza sales will benefit the foundation and its neuroscience patient programming.

The partnership with the Capital City Half Marathon is the third local major sports sponsorship for Papa John's, which is also Official Pizza of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Crew.

Papa John's joins a family of OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon well-known partners that includes OhioHealth, KeyBank, Diamond Cellar, Byers Airport Subaru, Yellow Tail Sparkling Wine, Michelob Ultra, Marathon Petroleum, Patrón Tequila, Giant Eagle, Panera Bread, Gatorade, Diet Pepsi, Muscle Milk, Under Armour and the 614 Media Group.

About the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon

The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon was founded in 2004 and is produced by M3S Sports, a sports marketing firm based in Columbus, Ohio dedicated to celebrating a healthy active lifestyle. M3S Sports also produces the Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon, the Arizona Distance Classic, the Ohio State Four-Miler and the Flying Feather Four Miler, plus a variety of other running and walking events in Central Ohio. The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon will host the USATF Half Marathon Championships in 2016 & 2017. For more information, visit and

About Papa John's Pizza

The Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John's Pizza — Johncol, Inc. — is based in Columbus with 26 franchise restaurants headed up by Franchisee Allen Hertzman and Vice President / Operating Partner Charles Burris. Mr. Hertzman opened his first Papa John's Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield and Newark/Heath. Johncol, Inc. was honored and awarded the company's prestigious title of Franchisee of the Year for 2010 as well as being a national finalist 3 of the past 4 years. Corporately headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world's third largest pizza company. For more information about Johncol, Inc. or to order pizza online, visit Papa John's at