For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (February 2013)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! Do something not only for your sweetheart but your actual heart this month with help from Ohio hosts several Valentine's Day-themed 5ks and 10ks throughout the month of February. Exercising offers an excellent escape from the daily doldrums of winter landscapes, as well. Turn a cold and dreary scene into your personal race track while training for a spring marathon or simply get outside to break up the mid-winter monotony.

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.


February 2
11th Annual Tackle the Tower, Cleveland
4th Annual Chase Your Shadow 5k, Akron
2013 Frosty Toes Winter 5-mile Run, Granville
2013 Break the Ice 5k, New Lexington
2013 Blizzard Breakfast Run, Toledo
Inaugural Groundhog 4-mile Run/Walk, Sidney
2013 Frostbite Prediction Run, Munroe Falls

February 3
46th Annual Frostbite 5, Centerville

February 9
2013 Cupid's Undie Run, Cincinnati
2013 Strong at Heart 5k, Columbus
2013 Chocolate & Beer Couples 5k, Dayton
2013 Sweetheart Shuffle 5k, Troy
2013 Winterfest 5k, Whitehouse

February 12
3rd Annual Ragin' Cajun Run, Cleveland

February 16
15th Annual Chili Bowl Classic 5k, Cleveland
2013 Cupid's Undie Run, Cleveland
2013 Power of One 5k, Jackson Center
2013 Get Luckey 5k, Luckey

February 17
32nd Annual CRRC Winter Run, Granville
15th Annual Sweetheart Shuffle, Middletown
2013 Rocks & Roots Trail Series, Delaware

February 23
Inaugural SNOball Run 5k, Bay Village
2013 Battle of Badges: Climb for a Cure, Columbus
Inaugural Snowshoe Shuffle, West Milton
2013 Frosty 14-mile Trail Run, Warren
2013 The Greene Goes 2 Red 2-Mile Run, Beavercreek

February 24
14th Annual last Chance for Boston (Marathon), Dublin
2013 Lexington Mardi Gras 5k, Lexington
2013 Little Miami 10-miler, Yellow Springs


2013 OSU Indoor Triathlon, Columbus (02/03/2013)
2013 Geauga YMCA Indoor Triathlon, Geauga (02/10/2013)
2013 ORRRC Splash & Dash/Just Dash #2, Kettering (02/24/2013)


2013 CM TYR Sport Winter Invitational, Cincinnati (02/01 - 02/03/2013)
2013 GCST Last Ditch Meet, Gahanna (02/01 - 02/03/2013)
2013 MAST February Invitational, Cincinnati (02/01 - 02/03/2013)
33rd Annual Valentine Invitational, Napoleon (02/02 - 02/03/2013)
2013 NAAC Kicker Classic February "B" Meet, Pickerington (02/10/2013)
2013 Short Course Regional Championships, Cincinnati 02/14 - 02/17/2013)
2013 UASC Time Trials Meet, Gahanna (02/20/2013)

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 March for next month’s list of events.