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“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” (Christopher Columbus).

Sunday, October 20, 2013. My saga begins. I run my personal best at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. 3:26:09! Euphoria fades as I see the results of the first place finisher for my age group. 2:59:13! Who is Hans-Dieter Jancker? How can he run so fast? And why is someone from Germany running the Columbus Marathon? It’s a mystery that will take months to solve.

Thursday, June 5, 2014. A clue appears. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon posts a blog about the Columbus-Dresden Marathon Exchange program. I e-mail Dorit Fratzscher, log onto the Dresden Sister City Inc.’s website, and read a blog by Hans-Dieter Jancker! Inspired, I apply to be one of five Ambassadors representing Columbus in the Morgenpost Dresden Marathon Sunday, October 19, 2014. The mystery is solved but…

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Hello! Or should we say, Hallo?!

Welcome to Running to Dresden – a blog that will document the adventures of Columbus athlete ambassadors Daniel, Jamie, Krista, Sarah, and Shake.


This fab five was selected to represent Columbus at the Dresden Marathon on October 19, 2014. Follow this blog as they share their training regimes, running resources, travel plans, and who knows – maybe a haiku or two about finding the perfect earbuds.

Interested in supporting this exchange? Your tax deductible donation to Dresden Sister City, Inc. would help the organization assist our Athlete Ambassadors in paying for their flights to Dresden. Every gift, large or small, makes a difference! Click here to learn more.