For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (March 2013)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! Spring is right around the corner. Find your step this spring with help from Plan your vernal race schedule or challenge yourself with a local 5k, 10k, or half marathon. March holds the best of both worlds and includes great indoor and outdoor events for the whole family. Many Ohio cities even put on St. Patrick's Day races. Begin your summer workout plans early and become a healthier you today!

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.


March 2
7th Annual Road Apple Run 5k, Ashland
2013 Green Jewel 50k, Brecksville
2013 Run for your Life 5k, Troy
Inaugural Stingray 5k, Westerville
2013 Food on the Run 5k & 10k, Cincinnati

March 3
2nd Annual Run Your Buns Off 5k, Columbus
24th Annual Mill Creek Distance Classic Half Marathon & 5k, Youngstown
12th Annual Arnold Pump N' Run 5k, Columbus

March 9
Inaugural Key Sports Free 5k, Centerville
Inaugural SOAR 5k, Dublin
4th Annual ECA Run, Springfield
2013 Miami County YMCA Memorial 5k, Piqua
35th Annual BBO 4-miler, Columbus Grove
2013 The Shamrock Shuffle, West Chester
2nd Annual Pi Day 5k, Columbus
2013 Scout Strong 5k & Fun Run, Fredericksburg

March 10
46th Annual Churchill's Half Marathon & 5k, Monclova

March 15
2013 Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association 5k, Dayton

March 16
7th Annual St. Patrick's Day Run for the Green 5k, Deerfield Township
4th Annual Spring Has Sprung 5k, Xenia
2013 Key 2 Change 5k, Middletown
3rd Annual Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick 5k, Toronto
2013 SOS 5k, Powell
2013 PLUS 5k, West Covington
2nd Annual St. Spartan's Day 5k, Marion
2nd Annual Hartville St. Patrick's Day Trail Run, Hartville
2013 Flannagan's St. Patrick's Day 5k, Columbus
2013 NWO Pump and Go 5k, Findlay
33rd Annual St. Malachi Run, Cleveland
2013 St. Patrick's Day 4-miler, Powell
2013 Relay for Life 5k & Kids Bunny Hop, Minerva

March 17
2013 First 4 4-miler, Dayton
2013 Shamrock 15k & 5k, Peninsula
7th Annual St. Patrick's Day 5k, St. Henry
2nd Annual Irish Jig & Jog 5k, Lakewood
36th Annual Mercy Health Mini Marathon & Walk, Cincinnati

March 23
2013 Barefoot or Shod 5-mile Run and 5k, Fairborn
2nd Annual World Race for Hope 5k, Columbus
2013 Harrigan's 5k, Kettering
2013 UYF Barnyard Dash 10k, Hanoverton
2013 Down & Dirty 5-mile Race, Brecksville
2013 Melt the Ice 5k, Fremont
2013 Hustle for Hearing 5k, Columbus
2013 Emma's Rainbow Run 5k, Ottoville
6th Annual No Buts About It 5k, Beavercreek
4th Annual St. Albert's The Great Race, North Royalton
4th Annual Strongsville Super Saturday 5k & 1-mile, Strongsville
2nd Annual Flying Angel 5k, Anna
2013 One Way 5k, Lebanon
4th Annual Holy Trinity Sole to Soul 5k, Avon
6th Annual Guardian Angels 5k, Cincinnati

March 24
2013 Rainbow Run 5k, Cincinnati
4th Annual World Down Syndrome Day 5k, Cincinnati
2013 Strides of March 5k, Kirtland
4th Annual Running With The Buckeyes 5k, Columbus
2013 KewPee Lima YMCA Half Marathon, Lima

March 30
Inaugural Punky's Run, Dayton
2013 All Fool's 5k, Troy
2013 Spring for Community Care 5k Run & 3-mile Walk, Toledo
2013 Run for the Ring 5k, Athens
Inaugural Run for Bux 5k, Milford
2013 Bogsucker Strut 5k, Twinsburg
2013 Hippity Hop 5k, Greenville
2013 Bunny Hop 5k & 10k, Centerville
2013 Marchin' Into Spring Virtual 10k, Yo' Neighborhood
2013 CVNP Spring TRAINing Race, Brecksville
2013 Gallipolis Developmental Center 5k, Gallipolis
2013 Westerville Parks Foundation Bunny Hop 5k, Westerville
2013 Bunny 5k & 1-mile Run, Hilliard
2nd Annual The Long John Run 5k, Columbus

2013 Spring Tune-Up Road Race, Oxford (03/03/2013)
2013 Colavita-Zipp Time Trial Series, Cleves (03/09/2013)
2013 St. Patty's Free Ride, Dublin (03/16/2013)
2013 TriColumbus St. Patty's Day Community Ride, Dublin (03/16/2013)
2013 OSRS #1 Lake Hope, McArthur (03/16/2013)
2013 Colavita-Zipp Time Trials, Casstown (03/24/2013)

2013 Splash N' Dash #3, Kettering (03/03/2013)
2013 Great Cincinnati YMCA Indoor Triathlon, Cincinnati (03/07/2013)
2013 CTC Indoor Triathlon, Cleveland (03/23/2013)

2013 Short Course Senior Championships, Oxford (03/01 - 03/03/2013)
2013 WOR Barbara Kay Mini-Champs Meet, Worthington (03/02 - 03/03/2013)
2013 Short Course Age Group Championships, Bowling Green (03/08 - 03/10/2013)
2013 USA Swimming Championship Sectionals, Geneva (03/21 - 03/24/2013)

Special Events
The Survival Race 2013, Columbus (03/02/2013)
25th Annual Arnold Sports Festival, Columbus (02/28 - 03/03/2013)
2013 Cincinnati Gorilla Run, Cincinnati (03/24/2013) Everyone wears gorilla costumes!

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 April for next month’s list of events.