For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (December)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! Can you feel them? Unwanted holiday pounds lie dastardly in wait beyond the next meal’s end. While it’s hard to say no to tasty treats during holiday celebrations, finding the means of inspiration to stay in shape is as easy as pressing Alt+Ohio. Stay committed to looking and feeling your best with our monthly list of Ohio athletic events to help keep you in shape during the coldest and darkest month of the year. We’ve got you covered and offer all the right tools to keep you healthy, happy and comfortable in your skin. For Your Holiday Health!

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.


December 1
2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k, Columbus
2012 Trail Race Series #3, Munroe Falls
13th Annual Reindeer Run, Lakewood
2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k, Maumee
2012 Bigfoot 50k, Cambridge
2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k, Lyndhurst
2012 Jingle Bell Jog, Portsmouth
2012 Between The Lakes 5k, Akron
2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k, Dayton

December 8
11th Annual Women's Recovery Center Santa Run 5k, Xenia
2012 Reindeer Run 5k, Lancaster
5th Annual Santa Sleigh Run 5k, Mansfield
2012 Firefighter's Frozen 5k, Niles
2012 Topo Trail Run Series #1, Batavia Township
9th Annual Holly Jolly 5k Run, Piqua

December 9
2012 Holiday Run 4-Mile, Westerville
3rd Annual Dublin Snowflake 5k, Dublin
12th Annual GAL'lop for Children 5k, Cleveland
Inaugural Greenswell Chilli Run at Alum Creek Bridle Trail, Kilbourne
2012 iBelieve 5k & 10k Trail Race, Peninsula
5th Annual Run A Muck 5k, Delaware

December 15
2012 Santa Shuffle, Cleveland
Inaugural Doomsday Dash 5k, Columbus
2012 Rossford Recreation Rudolph's Run 5k, Rossford
2012 Charles Mill 5k & 10k, Mansfield
2012 Twas the Night Before 5k, Columbiana
Inaugural Santa Speedo Dash for Diabetes 5k, Columbus

December 16
2012 Santa Suit Fun Run 5k, West Chester
Inaugural Santa Hustle 5k & Half Marathon, Sandusky

December 29
15th Annual Jingle Bell Run 5k, Youngstown
2012 December Dash 4.6-mile Race, Toldeo
2012 Topo Trail Run Series #2

December 31
2012 Running in the New Year 5k, Granville
2012 The 12-31 Run 5k, Springfield
27th Annual Beavercreek Resolution 5k Run/Walk, Beavercreek
2012 Great New Year's Eve Race 5k, Stow
12th Annual Midnight Special 5k, Whitehouse


2012 Cap City Cross Cycling Series: Big Run Park, Columbus (12/08/2012)
2012 OVCX #12 John Bryan State Park CX, Yellow Springs (12/09/2012)
2012 Cap City Cross Series: Smith Farms, Columbus (12/23/2012)
Inaugural Cleveland Velodrome Cyclocross, Cleveland (12/29/2012)


2012 Miami Indoor Triathlon Series, Oxford (12/02/2012)


2012 WTCR Sharks Winter Invitational, Centerville (12/01 – 12/02/2012)
2012 MAKOS Little Elves Spirit Classic, Hamilton (12/02/2012)
2012 WAC Katy Callard Memorial Distance Meet, Westerville (12/02/2012)
2012 MAKOS Speedo Holiday Spirit Classic, Hamilton (12/07 - 12/08/2012)
2012 BGSC Holiday Invitational, Bowling Green (12/08 – 12/09/2012)
2012 MAST December Invitational, Cincinnati (12/08 – 12/09/2012)
2012 Penguin Plunge December "B" Meet, Pickerington (12/09/2012)
2012 GTSC Holiday Cheer Invitational, Gahanna (12/14 – 12/16/2012)
2012 CAC Distance Meet, Cincinnati (12/22/2012)

Special Events

The Arctic Dash, Oregonia

Whether you’re a veteran looking to recapture old glory, an amateur looking to lace up and test your abilities, or a family looking for something active and exciting to do together, Ohio has a lot to offer. Can’t find what you’re looking for here? Check out for a comprehensive list of Ohio athletic endeavors and be sure to check back in January for next month’s list of events.