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Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is excited to be the official restaurant partner of The Capital City Half Marathon as it celebrates its 14th year. Over 14,000 runners and walkers will participate in the half marathon, quarter marathon and 5K events on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Several Cameron Mitchell associates will be running the streets of downtown Columbus including Cory Irwin. Cory is a lifelong runner and dining room manager at The Pearl in the Short North.

Cory started running when he was 14 years old (he’s 28 now). He says the sport of running is a great choice after participating in school or professional team sports. “It’s something you can do your whole life.”

Cory will also run in the Boston Marathon two weeks before the Cap City Half Marathon. When we talked to him in early March he was training for both races.

His training regimen consists of running 75 – 80 miles a week with a combination of long runs, interval workouts, tempos and recovery days.

His Boston Marathon training includes longer runs; for the Cap City Half Marathon he’ll incorporate more shorter, faster runs.

On the food side, Cory doesn’t focus on any one food type. He advises runners to “eat to support your energy needs” and admits he’s got a pretty big appetite. Cory eats 3 – 4 meals a day and focuses on healthy choices. Water and Gatorade are go-to beverages for hydration but he says a glass of chocolate milk is a great post-workout choice – it’s the perfect mix of sugars and proteins.

Cory has been a member of the Columbus Running Company team for several years. He’s pictured here in the jersey he’ll be wearing as part of the team on the day of the Cap City race. Look for Cory and cheer him on!

Visit here for more stories from our associates team of runners and tips on how to Eat Like a Champion!

For complete information about the Cap City Half Marathon including links to register and great advice for race prep and day-of events, visit

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