Marathon Exchange Applications Now Open!

Each year we hold athlete exchanges with some of Columbus’ international sister cities that also have a marathon or half marathon. The longest such exchange has been with Dresden, Germany – this is our sixth-year anniversary!  Are you an athlete who would like to apply to be a Columbus Marathon Ambassador at the Dresden Marathon[…]

Harrison Afful Connects with GCSCI

Greater Columbus Sister Cities President Tim Sword met with Columbus Crew player Harrison Afful last week to talk about Afful’s connection to his home country of Ghana. Afful, who considers himself a cultural ambassador, is interested in pursuing a relationship with GCSCI to promote Ghanian culture to Columbus and connect the Ghanian population of Columbus back[…]

Carly Damman: Marathon Ambassador to Curitiba

This fall GCSCI sent 12 ambassadors to our sister cities in Germany, Brazil, and China. These individuals were not your typical “official” representatives of Columbus in suits and ties; all of them were marathon runners taking part in GCSCI’s Marathon Exchange Program. In order to learn more about their individual experiences in these vastly different[…]

Globalizing Columbus: My Sister Cities Experience

15 weeks can fly by just like that if you’re not careful. My internship with Greater Columbus Sister Cities International (GCSCI) was unconventional to say the least, but invaluable nonetheless. Graduating from Ohio State in May of 2016, I accepted a job with GE Aviation, with the caveat that my start date would not be[…]

Lessons from the Global Classroom

When Greater Columbus Sister Cities International (GCSCI) President Tim Sword took his students on a study abroad trip to Odense, Denmark, they returned not only with an increased knowledge of sustainable business practices, but also a sense of sisterhood and a connection to Odense. In March 2015, Sword set off with a group of 10[…]

The Marathon Exchange and International Friendships

For some, running is simply an exercise, but for GCSCI it’s a way to deepen our relationships abroad. This year we welcomed 6 international athletes from our sister cities of Curitiba, Brazil and Hefei, China to participate in the Nationwide Children’s Columbus Marathon. The week included various activities that focused on engaging the runners and[…]

GCSCI Welcomes International Runners

In conjunction with next week’s GCSCI annual meeting, Columbus will also be welcoming 6 marathon runners from our sister cities of Hefei, China and Curitiba, Brazil. These international athletes will be participating in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon on October 16. The runners range from university students to business owners. All of them are[…]

GCSCI Celebrates Marathon Ambassadors at Land Grant Fundraiser

GCSCI Celebrates Marathon Ambassadors at Land Grant Fundraiser August 28, 2016 On Wednesday, August 24, beer flowed, laughs were shared, and funds were raised for the 2016 Marathon Exchange Ambassadors at Land Grant Brewery for the 2016 Marathon Exchange Happy Hour. The ambassadors (pictured below with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon Director Darris Blackford) will[…]