For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (October 2012)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! It's marathon season, and who better to help connect you with a race than Ohio offers a number of marathon and half marathon events to satisfy even the most extreme adrenaline junkies. October features the Red, White, and Blue 26.2 Marathon, Columbus Nationwide Better Health Marathon and Towpath Marathon as well as countless fall 5ks and 10ks and Halloween-themed events. Find a fall athletic event in Ohio this October with help from

Whether you’re a full-time pro or just getting into the swing of things, these events offer a wide variety of competition for every age and every level of athletic ability.


October 5
2012 Midwest Outdoor Experience OFF-ROAD 5k, Dayton

October 6
5th Annual Kelly Roggensack Memorial 5k & 3k Run/Walk, Steubenville
2012 Vigor Warrior Run 5k, Moraine
8th Annual Nature's Bin 5k & 1-mile Neighborhood Run, Lakewood
2nd Annual Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5k Run/Walk, Cincinnati
2012 Cambridge Main St./Cambridge Classic Ford 5k Run/Walk, Cambridge
2012 Hoofin' It for Hospice 5k Run/Walk, Mansfield
2012 Reggae Run, Cincinnati
Inaugural Fit for the Future 5k & 1-mile, Hudson
2012 Cabbage Roll Run 5-mile Race, Waynesville
2012 Dancer Dash 5k, Centerville
Inaugural Track-n-Trail Half Marathon, 10k & 5k, Marysville
2012 Ross County Humane Society 5-K9 & 1-mile Walk, Chillicothe
Young's Cowpatty 5k Run/Walk, Yellow Springs
2012 5k Pumpkin Run, Lima
2012 Trick or Trail Run, Oxford
2012 Longaberger Race for Hope 5k, Newark
3rd Annual Chili Chase Dash for Diabetes 5k, Gallipolis
2012 No More Falls 5k, Munroe Falls
2012 Alicia Cooper Memorial 5k Run/Walk, New Philadelphia
2012 Fountain to Fountain 5k Race for Women's Health, Defiance
2012 Impact 5k, Oregon
2012 Larry Eberst Memorial 5k, Delaware
Inaugural Adventure 5k & 1-mile Run, Columbus
Heritage of Flight 5k, New Carlisle
2012 Fall Run for Autism 5k, Mentor
3rd Annual Twilight 5k Run/Walk, Centerville
2nd Annual UA 5k Homecoming Run/Walk, Akron
2012 Run for the Nuns 5k, Cincinnati
2nd Annual The Little Race for a Big Cause 5k, Cleveland

October 7
7th Annual Towpath Marathon, Peninsula
3rd Annual Rainbow Round the Zoo 5k, Cleveland
2012 Mini Mustang Stampede 1-mile, Strongsville
2012 Lakewood Catholic Academy Run for Excellence 5k & Michalko Mile, Lakewood
6th Annual Park Run for PARACHUTE 5k, West Chester
2nd Annual 5k for Patty, Monroeville
2012 5k Race for a Pro-State of Mind, Columbus
Inaugural BGYHA Power Play 5k, Bowling Green
3rd Annual Red, White and Blue 26.2 Marathon, Findlay
2012 Oktoberfest Classic 10k, Minster
4th Annual La Bella Viaggio 5k Run/Walk, Troy
2012 Dash at Dusk 5k, Delaware
2012 Mandy Deppen Memorial 5k, Paris
3rd Annual Lifting Hopes Pump and Run, Columbus
2012 Grant Reed Gray Matters 5k, Bellville

October 9
3rd Annual Music in Motion 5k, Delaware

October 11
2012 UD Leadership 5k, Dayton

October 13
2nd Annual Race to a Million 5k, Cleveland
2nd Annual Springboro Rock n' Run 5k, Springboro
2012 Project Homeless Connect 5k & 6-mile Run/Walk, Akron
2012 Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill 5k, Columbus
Inaugural Lion's Club 5k Run/Walk, Centerville
2012 Junior Achievement 5k & 10k, Chillicothe
2012 MMCCF 5k, Cincinnati
8th Annual Chris Cianciolo/Edison 5k for Cancer, Piqua
Inaugural Donut Dash 5k, Celina
Inaugural Woodlands 5k Race, North Kingsville
Inaugural Robby's Voice 5k Run & 1-mile Walk, Olmstead Falls
2nd Annual FBC Troy Fall Festival 5k, Troy
6th Annual Race for the Soul 5k, Columbus
2012 Running Scared 5k, Reading
Inaugural HOPE...It's a Beach Thing 5k, Dayton
6th Annual Fire Prevention Week 5k, Genoa
2012 Special O 5k, Cuyahoga Falls
2012 Linda A. Fergusen Memorial 5k, Cedarville
2012 Cincy Warrior Run 5k & 1-mile, Mariemont
5th Annual Race for Hunger 5k, South Lebanon
2012 Cincinnati Cyclones Power Play 5k, Cincinnati
6th Annual MidTown Cleveland HealthLine Classic 10k & 5k, Cleveland

October 14
2012 Hubbard Library Zombie Run 5k, Hubbard
Inaugural Dash for Dads 5k, Cleveland
2012 Miami County Park District Trail Race Series #5, Troy
2012 ELIMINATE 5k & 10k, Chesterland
2012 Wellness in the Woods Fall Run Series #3 Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center
2012 Jump Back Jog 5k & 2k, Shaker Heights
2012 EUGO Race for Education 5k, Columbus
14th Annual ENON 5k Run/Walk, Enon
2nd Annual Bulldog Dash 5k, Green
2nd Annual Fall Freedom Dual, St. Henry
36th Annual Dayton River Corridor Classis Half Marathon & 5k Run/Walk, Dayton

October 19
2012 Aruna 5k, Cincinnati

October 20
2012 Ohio Outside Trails Series #1, Munroe Falls
2nd Annual St. Martin de Cristo Rey 5k, Cleveland
Inaugural Tremont Steeplechase 5k, Tremont
3rd Annual Northwest Poker Run 5k, Ottawa
5th Annual Monster Mutt Dash 5k, Berea
20th Annual Frericks 5k, Dayton
2012 Autism Speaks Puzzle Run 5k, Cincinnati
2012 Paint It Pink 5k, Portsmouth
2012 Red Nose Run Kids Run, Columbus
2012 Scouting Spirit 5k Run & 1-mile Buddy Fun Run, Yellow Springs
5th Annual Pink Strides Trail Run 5k, Granville
3rd Annual Cincinnati Half Marathon, Cincinnati
2nd Annual Race Around the Park 5k, Akron
2012 Run Like Hell Costume 5k, Athens
6th Annual Germantown Oktoberfest 5k, Germantown
3rd Annual Bay Village Heritage 5k & 1-mile Walk, Bay Village
2012 College Hill Rhythm Race 5k Run/Walk, Cincinnati

October 21
2012 Piqua Football Mom's Club 5k, Piqua
2nd Annual Dyslexia Dash 5k & Prediction Run, Sagamore Hills
2nd Annual Get The Lead Out 5k, Toledo
2012 The Great Human Race 5k, 10k & 1k Kid's Run, Cincinnati
11th Annual Racing for Recovery 5k & 10k, Sylvania

October 24
2012 Cose Safari 5k Run/Walk, Sandusky

October 26
Kettering Rotary's Run for Your Life 5k or 8k, Kettering

October 27
4th Annual FallFest 5k, Franklin
11th Annual Halloween Run for Justice 5-mile & 5k, Cleveland
2012 Kamp Dovetail Halloween Hustle 5k, Hillsboro
2012 RIP Run 5k, Piqua
4th Annual Fright Nite Fun Run 3-miler, Gahanna
2012 Celebrate Recovery 5k, South Webster
2012 Fairbrook Foxes 5k, Beavercreek
2012 Great Pumpkin Run 5k, Grandview
2012 Trick or Trot 5k & 10k, Mason
2012 Nu-Race Trail Run, Perrysville
3rd Annual Meals Til' Monday Half Marathon & 5k, Elida
14th Annual Bridges Freedom Run 5k, Cincinnati
3rd Annual Race for Global Water, Fairfield
2012 Halloween Half Marathon, Clayton
2012 Trax for Backpacks 5k & 10k, West Chester
2012 Bridge 2 Bridge Run, Ashtabula
5th Annual Bring It Home 5k, Columbus
Inaugural Trick-Or-Treat 5k Run/Walk & 1-mile walk, Brecksville
2012 The Great Pumpkin Run 5k, Clarksville
2012 Troy 5k Run/Walk, Troy

October 28
10th Annual Stone Steps 50k & 27k Fun Run, Cincinnati
2012 Great Pumpkin Fun Run 5k, Lakewood
Inaugural Break the Silence for Domestic Violence 5k, Vandalia
13th Annual Skeleton Run for your Bones 5k, Amherst
2012 OSU PT Fun Run 5k, Columbus
2012 Buckeye Half Marathon & Relay, Cuyahoga Falls
3rd Annual Run for a Mission 5k, Willowick
2012 Trek or Treat 5k, Mansfield
8th Annual Great Pumpkin Fun Run & 5k Race, Lakewood

October 30
2012 A Brave Halloween 5k, Oxford


2012 OVCX #3 Caesar's Ford CX, Xenia (10/06/2012)
2nd Annual Ride to Imagine, Cleveland (10/06/2012)
3rd Annual Blue Sky or Not Cyclocross, Euclid (10/07/2012)
2012 Bluegrass Challenge, Cincinnati (10/07 – 10/12/2012)
34th Annual Tombstone Tour and Haunted Family Bike Ride, Berkey (10/13/2012)
2012 TREK Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Westerville (10/13/2012)
2012 Ohio Power Series: #10 Vulture's Knob, Wooster (10/13/2012)
2012 OVCX #5 Gun Club Cross, Miamiville (10/14/2012)
2012 Colavita ZIPP Time Trial Series 9, Versailles (10/14/2012)
2012 TREK Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Celina (10/14/2012)
Ride On Cyclocross, Orrville (10/14/2012)
2012 Leaf Peepers Tour, Nelsonville (10/20/2012)
2012 Crankenstein Monster 100, Casstown (10/21/2012)
2012 YSC Tour de Pink Indoor, Columbus (10/27/2012)


33rd Annual Little Miami Triathlon Series, (10/07/2012)
River's Edge Wheel and Heel, Hamilton (10/20/2012)

Special Events

2012 Conservancy for CVNP Fall Running Series, (10/02 – 10/28/2012)
Run 10 Feed 10, Cincinnati (10/06/2012)
2012 Color Run, Cincinnati (10/06/2012)
2012 Bull Run Ramblers Middletown Walk, Middletown (10/06/2012)
2012 Hemophelia Walk, Westerville (10/07/2012)
2012 Zombie Buffet 5k, Columbus

Whether you’re a veteran buckeye looking to recapture old glory, an amateur Ohio athlete looking to lace up and test your abilities, or a family searching for something active and exciting to do together, Ohio has a lot to offer. offers a comprehensive list of Ohio athletic endeavors perfect for all levels of skill and desired enjoyment. Be sure to check back in November for next month’s list of events.