Throughout the past year, we’ve seen the undeniable impact that teamwork can have on our community. When faced with uncertainty, we’re proud of the way Columbus has remained optimistic and continued to Live Forward.
As our team planned for the 2021 Community Cup, presented by The Columbus Foundation, we kept this teamwork in mind. Each year, The Community Cup brings the community together, building camaraderie and improving morale. We can’t think of a better time to hold a safe, fun and impactful in-person event.
As the sports and events landscape continues to adapt, we will prioritize the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers. Our dedicated staff will continue to work in accordance with federal, state and local health mandates to ensure that the event day provides a competitive, yet safe, environment for all.
Here are a few frequently asked questions about the event:
A: The Community Cup will begin with Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 30, at Fortress Obetz. Teams will then compete against other Central Ohio organizations at each of the 14 events throughout the day. Closing Ceremonies and the Awards Presentation will take place once all events have concluded.
Check the Team Resources page for information on the Tailgate Zone and other areas where your team can safely recharge and refuel for the competition.
*Schedule is subject to change
A: Most events require a minimum of four (4) participants. The same four team members can participate in ALL events. Dodgeball requires a minimum of six (6) participants and Tug of War requires a minimum of eight (8) participants. The 5K Race and One-mile Walk has unlimited participation.
A: Friends and family are welcome to participate in the 5K Race and One-mile Walk while you compete! Please note, only employees from your organization can score points in any event so family and friends will not receive a 5K Race bib and will not count toward your total participants in the One-mile Walk. There is no minimum age for either event and strollers are allowed.
Family and friends may participate in the drop-in events ONLY if they are open and there are no other teams trying to earn points. If a team comes to a drop-in event, family and friends will have to yield to a participating team.
Dodgeball and Tug-of-War are for company employees only.
Each participant will have to sign a waiver to participate in any event. You can sign a waiver at the Athlete Check-in Tent when you enter the venue.
A: Each participant is required to sign the digital waiver or the waiver onsite. Once you have checked in at the Athlete Check-in and you have signed the waiver, you will receive a wristband to participate.
A: Participants are allowed to wear weather appropriate apparel for the 5K Race. After the 5K Race, participants are required to wear the team uniform.
A: If you register for the 5K Race through the digital registration by Friday, July 23, your bib will be provided to your Team Captain the morning of the event.
If you are unable to register online by July 26, you register on-site at the 5K Race tent near the start of the race between 8-9 a.m.
A: The 5K Race will run through Fortress Obetz and surrounding park area. A course map can be found here.
Please note that for runner safety, there will be no entry to Fortress Obetz during the 5K Race from 9:15-10 a.m. Participants can enter the venue from 8-9:15 a.m. and after 10:15 a.m.
*Time is dependent on when the last 5K Race participant finishes.
A: Yes! Scoring by event is detailed in the Community Cup Team Handbook and winners will still be announced for each division. Divisions are determined by company size.
A: From June 7-July 16, participating teams can earn extra Community Cup points through their charitable donations to selected non-profits like The Columbus Foundation. Learn more about the Charity Challenge here.
A: To keep our staff and participants safe, we are committed to following state and local guidelines for public safety. At this time, vaccinated participants are not required to wear masks at The Community Cup. We’re continuing to add to our robust safety plan that includes details on:
- Hand sanitizer: Every event station will have hand sanitizer, and participants are encouraged to use it at each event.
- Spectators: To reduce crowd size, team participants will not be allowed to bring spectators to the event. This includes children, pets and other family members.
- Hydration stations: There will not be shared hydration stations, so please bring your own water bottle.
- Self-assessment: Our staff asks participants to self-assess daily for COVID-19 symptoms and please stay home if they are feeling sick.
*All safety measures are subject to change.
A: Yes. Restrooms will be accessible inside the stadium at Fortress Obetz.
A: Our team will be working directly with your Team Captain(s) so if you have any questions or concerns, please go directly to your Team Captain first.