For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (November 2012)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! The turkeys are primed to trot as November serves up a heaping helping of holiday-themed races fun for the entire family. In honor of Thanksgiving and the spirit of bringing people together, communities throughout Ohio hold 5ks, 4-milers, and family fun runs. Find the event to spark your winter workout regimen or simply participate to make eating five pounds of Thanksgiving bounty that much easier. Gobble gobble.

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.


November 3

2012 Euclid 5k & Doggie Dash, Euclid
3rd Annual Salt Fork 10-Mile Trail Challenge, Cambridge
2012 Prairie Oaks 10k & 5k, Hilliard
2nd Annual Rotary Honors Veteran's 5k Run/Walk, Westerville
11th Annual Next Step Run for Shelter 5k & 1-mile, Cleveland
2012 Crazy Turkey Trail Marathon, Vandalia
8th Annual Alex J. Ritchie Memorial 5k, Huber Heights
5th Annual Rich Dalessandro Memorial Fall Turkey 5k, Dalton
2012 Fighting Hunger 5k, Cincinnati
Inaugural 5k Run/Walk Into Space, Sharonville
2012 Ramtastic 5k, Jamestown
5th Annual Free to Breath Lung Cancer 5k Run & 1-mile Walk, Dayton
Inaugural Stark Parks Trot and Trail, Canton
2012 Grace Race 5k, Thornville
2012 Women Who Run 4-Mile & 1-Mile, Cleveland
6th Annual Turkey Trot 5k, St. Henry

November 4

2012 Pinnacle Ladies Association Charity 5k & 10k Run, Grove City
2012 Delay the Disease 50k & 5k, Upper Arlington
29th Annual Autumn Leaves Race, Kirtland
2012 Narrows 5-miler, Beavercreek
2012 Hungry for a Cure 5k, West Chester
2012 Wellness in the Woods Fall Trail Series #4: Battelle Darby Metro Park, Galloway
2nd Annual Columbus International Festival 5k, Columbus
7th Annual OSU Vets for Pets 5k, Columbus

November 10

Inaugural Run for the Grace 5k, McCartyville
2012 Tip-Off Classic 5k, Waynesville
2012 Run Like a Turkey 50k, Toledo
2012 Fall Into Winter 13.1, Granville
2012 Breathe Deep Columbus 5k, Columbus
2012 Reindeer Run 5k, Napoleon
2012 Turkey Trot 5-miler, Twinsburg
2012 Cancer Fears the Runner 5k Run/Walk, Barberton
3rd Annual Mount Vernon Nazarene University 5k, Mount Vernon
Inaugural J.J. Patsey Memorial 5k, Lisbon
4th Annual Grove City YMCA Turkey Trot, Grove City
4th Annual Jeff Beitel 5k Run/Walk, Powell
2012 Pumpkin Fun Run 5k, Findlay
2012 2000 Plus Men Against Domestic Violence 5k Run/Walk, Kettering

November 11

2012 West Elementary World Run Day 5k & 10k, Athens
2012 Buckeye Classic 10k, Lewis Center
2012 Moulton Turkey Trot 5k & Half Marathon, Moulton
2012 Buckeyes Carry for Charity 5k, Columbus
2012 Veterans Day 5k Run/Walk, Dayton

November 17

6th Annual Rebel Run 5k, Columbiana
2012 Pumpkin Pie Roll and Stroll 5k, Athens
2012 Girls on the Run of NWO Fall 5k, Maumee
2012 Falling Colors 5k, Cedarville
2012 Springboro Christmas Festival 5k, Springboro
2012 Beavercreek Youth Wrestling 5k, Beavercreek
2012 Pike County Outreach Council 5k Run/Walk, Waverly
2012 Holiday In Lights 5k, Sharonville
2012 Dyslexia Awareness Dash 5k, Portsmouth
2012 Sugar Bush Trail Race 10k & 5k, Oxford
2012 Flash Dash 5k, Kent
2012 Bridge the GAP 5k, Coshocton
2012 Girls on the Run Cincinnati Fall 5k, Cincinnati
2012 Jingle All The Way 5k, Ashland
2012 Ohio Outside Trail Series #2, Munroe Falls
2012 Turkey Trot Open Walk and Blue Devil Dash 5k, Brunswick
2012 Nelsonville Main Street 5k, Nelsonville
2012 Girls on the Run Greater Summit Fall 5k, Cuyahoga Falls
2012 Girls on the Run Franklin County Fall 5k, Columbus

November 18

37th Annual CCRW Cleveland Fall Classic Half Marathon & 5k, Strongsville
2012 Hot Chocolate 15k & 5k, Columbus

November 21

2012 Gobbler Gallop 1-mile, 5k & Half Marathon, Columbus

November 22

11th Annual Gobble Gobble 5k Run/Walk, Montgomery
21st Annual Home Run for the Homeless 4-mile Race, Akron
2012 Thanksgiving Wattle 5k, Grove City
2012 Turkey Burner 5k, Hinckley
3rd Annual TD 10k & 5k, Deerfield Township
34th Annual Turkey Trot, Miamisburg
103rd Thanksgiving Day Race, Cincinnati
2012 Delaware Turkey Trot 5k & Little Gobbler Kid's Race, Delaware
2012 Run for the Turkeys 5k, Lima
2012 WRC Turkey Trot 5k, Findlay
5th Annual Race for Grace 5k, Zanesville
Inaugural Silvercreek Township Turkey Trot 5k & 8k, Jamestown
22nd Annual Columbus Turkey Trot, Columbus
6th Annual Aurora Turkey Trot, Aurora
7th Annual Flying Feather Four Miler, Dublin
9th Annual Nakon Foundation Turkey Dash, Avon
Inaugural Green Professionals Turkey Trot 5k, Green
31st Annual Cleveland Turkey Trot, Cleveland

November 23

2012 Healthy Holiday 5k, Gahanna

November 24

8th Annual Pigskin Classic 5k, Cleveland
2nd Annual Uptown Pumpkin Dash 5k, Marysville
2012 Post T-N-T 5k, Salem
5th Annual Christmas Angel 5k, Anna
2nd Annual Jessie Schenk Memorial 5k Run/Walk, Port Clinton
2012 Berlin Amish Country Half Marathon & 5k, Berlin
2012 Lake of Lights 5k, Kenton
2012 Butler County S.W.A.T. Trot, Liberty Township


2012 Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival, Deerfield (11/2 - 11/4/2012)
2012 Cap City Cross Series #1: Darree Fields, Dublin (11/11/2012)
2012 NEOCX Solon CX, Solon (11/11/2012)
2012 Wooster RideOn/SoupCan CX, Wooster (11/18/2012)
2012 Cap City Cross Series #2: Darree Fields, Dublin (11/25/2012)


2012 HeartChase, Madeira (11/17/2012)

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 December for next month’s list of events.