Episode 47 | The Columbus Marathon with Race Director, Darris Blackford

Summary:

The Columbus Marathon is one of the most well-run marathons in the mid-west, and that world-class experience is orchestrated by a world-class team, backed by Mr. Darris Blackford. On this episode, we sit down with Darris as he takes us through his childhood, experiences as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and traveling the world, his time with the Clif Bar Pace Team, creating his first business, taking over the Columbus Marathon, what goes into running and orchestrating the Columbus Marathon, and what the future looks like for both himself and the race!

Mile Markers:

(00:00:00) Darris Blackford
(00:00:10) Subscribe to Conquering Columbus!
(00:00:33) AWH
(00:01:02) The SunDown Group
(00:01:22) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:01:52) Do you want to sponsor Conquering Columbus?
(00:02:08) Survey!
(00:02:17) Conquering Columbus Intro Music
(00:03:20) Intro to Darris Blackford
(00:04:00) How’s your day going? 180-days until the marathon!
(00:04:30) What does your day-to-day look like 180-days out from the marathon?
(00:05:58) Darris upbringing
(00:07:00) The first events Darris organized
(00:08:30) Reporting for the Columbus Dispatch
(00:09:30) Starting his first business
(00:10:30) The Pace Team & selling pace bands
(00:12:00) Working for Harley Davidson
(00:15:30) Traveling the country, selling pace bands, and running races
(00:16:45) Memorable experiences traveling the world as a reporter
(00:20:30) College, Kent State, & journalism
(00:22:00) A.D. Farrow Co. – Immersing yourself in an environment, asking lots of questions, and never think you’re too good to do anything
(00:24:45) The keys to becoming an expert in something in a very limited time frame
(00:28:00) Taking over the Columbus Marathon & partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital
(00:34:00) The 100,000th Columbus Marathon finisher will be crowned this year
(00:34:50) Identifying your weaknesses & handicapping those with partners
(00:42:10) The Columbus Marathon’s growth & the science behind how many people can comfortably fit on a street at one time
(00:43:00) Competing against events like the Tough Mudder, Color Run, and other marathons across the mid-west
(00:45:00) The first marathon to use Pinterest
(00:46:30) Orchestrating the experience of the Columbus Marathon
(00:48: 30) The team
(00:52:00) Revenue generation
(00:54:00) To be serious is the greatest joy!
(00:57:15) “Living Uncomfortably”
(00:58:30) Running the Badwater Ultra-marathon
(01:00:00) Don’t be afraid to ask for someones time or help!
(01:01:30) Closing remarks
(01:01:55) Share the episode, if you liked it!
(01:02:00) Subscribe to Conquering Columbus!
(01:02:20) AWH
(01:02:48) The SunDown Group
(01:03:08) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(01:03:38) Do you want to sponsor Conquering Columbus?
(01:04:00) Conquering Columbus outro music

Links:

Conquering Columbus Survey
Darris Blackford | BizJournals
The Columbus Marathon
Clif Bar Pace Team
Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
The SunDown Group
AWH
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