26 Miles. 26 Mile Champions.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon happens on October 21st – just 26 weeks away and today, we begin the official countdown by celebrating the first of our “mile champions.”   These 26 special children, each with a moving story to share, will be designated a mile along the event course.  They will serve as patient ambassadors – to motivate participants and engage the entire community in this vital fundraising event. Each child will have a fundraising page for their mile and many of the miles will have corporate sponsors.

We will announce one child each week until July when we’ll unveil the entire list of Mile Champions and their designated miles along the course (more details on that event to come).  We were so moved by the dozens of nominations for mile champions that were submitted.  Each and every child will be celebrated during the event either as a mile champion or VIP (Very Important Patient).

Meet Alison Hile – The “Nationwide Insurance” Mile

Age: 11

Hometown: Hilliard, Ohio

Condition: Cystic Fibrosis



Alison has been a patient of Nationwide Children’s since birth.  At just one day old, she had her first surgery to repair a bowel obstruction- a condition that led to her diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.  Alison spent more than 100 days at Nationwide Children’s after that first surgery, while doctors and staff worked relentlessly to make her healthy enough to go home. Today, Alison is a bright, active fifth grader who loves to dance, play with her twin sister Abbi and their dog Darby.  She continues to receive treatment at Nationwide Children’s at least once a month.  The Hile family leads an active lifestyle.  They love to run, which is very healthy for Alison’s lungs and is an important part of her continued treatment as a patient living with cystic fibrosis. Alison’s parents are Doug and Jill Hile, both long-time associates at Nationwide Insurance who is proudly sponsoring this mile.   As a Patient Champion Alison is honored to represent not only those with cystic fibrosis, but all patients at Nationwide Children’s.

What Moves You?  Get Involved! 

Sign up for the Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) or Full Marathon (26.2 miles) – Runners and Walkers Welcome –

Become a Children’s Champions – If you’re already registered for the Marathon help fundraise for Nationwide Children’s Hospital while you train.  We have all the tools to help you get started and motivate you along the way.

Give to Team Alison – Anyone can help – make a contribution to Alison’s mile.

Volunteer – Email Lindsey Gulliver – Hundreds of volunteers of all ages are welcome and needed.

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

One thought on “26 Miles. 26 Mile Champions.

  1. Such an amazing girl! If this doesn’t inspire you to get involved, you need to check your pulse. I’ll look forward to seeing Ali and her friends cheering for us on the course, and I will for sure be cheering her on as she represents all of those with cystic fibrosis. This race is already off to a great start!

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