Greater Columbus Sister Cities International holds athlete exchanges each year with our sister cities that also host a marathon or half marathon. This year, we are excited to continue our exchange program with Hefei, China, Curitiba, Brazil and for the fifth year, Dresden, Germany!

Three local athletes stand a chance of representing Columbus at the Hefei International Marathon, and another three will run in the Curitiba Marathon. To mark the fifth year, we are looking to send another five runners to Dresden, Germany.

Before sending off our Columbus representatives, we kickstart this year’s exchange program by hosting athlete representatives from each of the three participating cities to take part in our very own Columbus Marathon in October!

Runners 18 years or older interested in a unique, five-day experience in a new culture.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Candidates that are selected will be provided with:

Participation in the Greater Columbus Sister Cities International exchange.
Free race entry
Homestay with a local host family
Transportation during the marathon weekend
VIP access to reception
Dresden Marathon: Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
Hefei International Marathon: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Maratona Curitiba: Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Please note the following important details:

Participants must have a valid passport, be able to obtain necessary visa (China and Brazil), and the ability to pay for airfare.
To be considered, the application must be returned for review by Sunday, May 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, June 1, 2016 if they are selected for the exchange.
All questions and concerns can be sent to:
Tiffany Conn at TConn@columbussistercities.org (for Curitiba and Hefei)
Dorit Fratzscher at dresdensistercity@gmail.com (for Dresden).

We look forward to your involvement in continuing to nurture the relationships between Columbus and our Sister Cities!

Author: Columbus Sister Cities

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