Columbus Sports Stories & Scoops

Steve Wartenberg
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Steve Wartenberg

Steve Wartenberg is a Columbus-based freelance writer, author and podcaster. He is a former newspaper reporter in the Philadelphia area, and for the Columbus Dispatch. Wartenberg is an avid cyclist and Pelotonia rider, and enjoys traveling and writing about his adventures (and cycling history) on his Biking blog.

Sporty Things to Do in Columbus

Labor Day in Columbus, Ohio is always a great time. Who doesn't love a long weekend of summer sun before the clock turns to fall and foliage? This year is especially exciting in Ohio's capital city, as Airbnb listed Columbus as one of the top trending cities for Labor Day Weekend. We have a hunch…

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A Pelotonia Rider's Survivor Story

Like so many others at the first Pelotonia fundraising bicycle ride in 2009, Sandi Parsons rode for others. “I lost my best friend, Judy Childs, to breast cancer and I rode for her and for other friends and family members [diagnosed with cancer],” she said. Over the years, Parsons, 70, has continued…

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Lacrosse in Columbus

The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) comes back to Columbus on June 16-17 for the first time since 2019. Ahead of the action-packed weekend featuring four matches over two days at OSU Lacrosse Stadium, let's take a look at the history of lacrosse in Columbus. You may be surprised to know Central Ohio’s…

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Cap City Half Marathon

The OhioHealth Cap City Half Marathon is celebrating 20 years with the 2023 race on April 29. Learn more about the race's history from a man that's run in every single one. As Bob Golden prepared to enter his freshman year at St. Francis DeSales High School, he had a couple of important decisions…

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Running the Columbus Marathon with Darris Blackford

There are a lot of moving parts – and bagels and bananas – involved in the annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, which also includes a 1/2 marathon, 5K, mile run, and kids run. And a total of about 13,000 runners. At the center of it all is Darris Blackford, the longtime director…

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Remembering Phyllis Bailey

Phyllis Bailey was one of the true pioneers of women’s intercollegiate athletes: the first varsity basketball coach at The Ohio State University, an administrator for women’s sports at Ohio State for more than three decades, one of the founders of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for…

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20 Moments in 20 Years of Columbus Sports: Part 2

Columbus has become a sports hub; the host of a never-ending series of local, national and even international sporting events that have helped change the perception of the city and drive economic and social development forward. In honor of the Sports Commission’s 20th Anniversary, take a look at…

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