For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (May 2013)

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Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! We’re in the thick of April showers, which means only one this, May marathon season. America is bouncing back and resilient as ever after the tragic events of this year’s Boston Marathon. Races in support of the event have been springing up all over the State of Ohio in addition to the usual gambit of 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and full marathons May boasts. Search through our For A Better Buckeye May 2013 list of athletic events to find the perfect culmination of your spring fitness pursuits or simply challenge yourself to lead a better, healthier lifestyle.

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.


May 3
18th Annual Run.4.Fun 5k, Medina

May 4
11th Annual Walk, Rock & Run 5k, Cleveland
Inaugural Guidestone Gallop 5k, Olmstead Falls
3rd Annual Teaghlaigh 5k Run/Walk, Dayton
2nd Annual Bulldog 5k, Defiance
Inaugural 5k for Education, Greenville
2013 Vinton County Turkey Trot 5k, McArthur
2013 Mission Possible 5k, Chillicothe
2013 LLAP Run, Gambier
2013 Dandelion May Run 5k, Dover
15th Annual Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati
2013 A Garden for Comfort 5k, Frankfurt
2nd Annual Derby Day Dash 5k, Dayton
Inaugural Run Puritas 5k, Cleveland
Inaugural Race for Case 5k, Akron
2013 5k Run/ Walk for Paint Valley Local Schools, Bainbridge
2nd Annual Race For Relay Ravenna 5k, Ravenna
3rd Annual May Day 4-mile Run, Bluffton
6th Annual Sombrero Shuffle 5k, Cleveland
10th Annual Capital City Half Marathon, Columbus
2013 Dirty Rocks 10k, Fairview

May 5
3rd Annual Fleet Feet 5k, Pepper Pike
2013 Kelly's Grief Center 5k, Stow
2nd Annual Tyler's Light 5k, Pickerington
2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo 5k, Columbus
12th Annual Lakewood Hospital Ambulance Chase 5k, Lakewood

May 10
2013 Lead the Way 5k, Minerva

May 11
4th Annual Hannah's Home 5k, Mentor
Maple Foundation 5k Run, Maple Heights
2013 Messiah Mother's Day Weekend 5k, Fairview Park
2013 50s for Your Momma 25k, 50k & 50-miler, Circleville
4th Annual McComb UMC 5k, McComb
3rd Annual Block the Sun Run 5k, Cincinnati
3rd Annual Troy Christian Schools 5k , Troy
2013 Avery Gator Run 5k, Upper Arlington
2013 GOTR of Franklin County 5k, Columbus
2013 Redbird Run 5k, Madison
2013 Pass the Peace 5k, Cardington
2013 Valley Elementary PTO 5k, Beavercreek
2013 Run to Ride 5k, Columbus
2013 Heartland Church 5k Run/Walk, Lexington
2013 Walk With a Hero 5k, Dayton
2013 Orwell Spring Fever 5k, Orwell
2013 Kick Your Heels Up 5k & Stiletto Sprint, Akron
2013 Nick Vogt Wounded Warrior 5k, Crestline
2013 GOTR of Cincinnati 5k, Cincinnati
Inaugural Portage Learning Centers 5k, Mogadore
2013 Cleveland's Finest 5k, Cleveland
2013 The Gator Run 5k, Upper Arlington
2013 Heartbeat of Lima 5k, Lima
7th Annual Butterfly Walk & 5k, Mason
2013 5k to Get on the Path to Fight Cancer, Piqua
Inaugural Shirley Maag 5k, Elida
Inaugural Concord 5k Strutt Your Mutt Run, Westerville
4th Annual I Am Somebody 5k, Avon Lake
Inaugural Hot Pursuit 5k, Eaton
3rd Annual Urban Community 5k, Cleveland

May 12
Inaugural Morgan's Xtreme Trail Run, Morrow
Inaugural Red Raider Booster Pump & Run 5k, Painesville
The Race 1 Mile, Cleveland
4th Annual Mother's Day 5k Run/Walk, Middletown
2nd Annual Summit County Metroparks Mother's Day 5k, Munroe Falls
2nd Annual Hargus High Fives, Circleville
2013 WBW Mother's Day 5k, Belpre
The Race 2013, Lyndhurst
25th Annual Tom Nowak Big Creek Run 5k, Middleburg Heights

May 17
2013 CG Run to Remember 5k, Cleveland
6th Annual Vision for Veterans 5k, Columbiana

May 18
5th Annual Hy-5k, Westlake
2013 Furry Scurry 5k & 1-mile Run, Kettering
2nd Annual Fairhope UMC Body, Mind & Soul 5k, Louisville
Inaugural Run for the Family 5k, Moraine
2013 Ryan Johnson Memorial 5k, Beloit
2013 Bookin' 5k Run, Wadsworth
2013 Paige's Princess Run 5k, Liberty Township
2013 Dalton Lodge 5k Run/Walk for Special Olympics, Wilmington
2013 Jeep Davis Memorial 5k, Barberton
19th Annual Fit, Walk & Ride 5k, Hicksville
2013 RAILS-TO-TRAILS 5k, Barnesville
3rd Annual Camper Scamper 5k, London
4th Annual Rockin' on the Run 5k, London
2013 Flame Walk for Epilepsy 5k, New Bremen
2013 Blue Crush 5k, Defiance
2013 ADM Recovery Challenge 5k, Akron
2013 Splattered Strides4Souls 5k, Galion
8th Annual United Fund 5k Run, Wellston
2013 Anna's Birthday Bash 5k, Centerville
8th Annual Stepping Up For Better Health 5k, Cincinnati
2013 St. Brigid Festival 5k, Xenia

May 19
2013 Run for a New Tomorrow 5k, Canton
36th Annual Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon & Half Marathon, Cleveland
Inaugural Tim Horton's 5k Run/Walk, Findlay
2013 GOTR of Greater Summit 5k, Akron
2013 JIC 5k, West Jefferson
Inaugural Mission of Love 5k, Austintown
2013 Ram Relay 5k, Defiance
7th Annual Days Trail Series Mt. Airy Forest Ridge Run, Cincinnati

May 23
2013 2FGR Race Day for Down Syndrome 5k, Dublin

May 24
Inaugural St. Luke PTO 5k, Beavercreek

May 25
4th Annual May in Bay 5k, Bay Village
2013 Middle Point AmVets 5k, Middle Point
2013 He Lives for Kids 5k, Chillicothe
2013 Champions4Children 5k, Springfield
2013 Bash GBS for Tim Wills 5k, Maineville
2013 Brook's Bucks 5k & 800m Fun Run, Sherwood
2013 Father Kline 5k, Mentor
2013 Hall of Fame Hustle 5k & 2-mile, Lisbon
2013 Wooster Wellness 5k & 10k, Wooster
2013 Run for Warriors 5k, Middle Point
2013 Dirty Bird 15k, Wooster
Inaugural Running & Kicking 4 the Kids of Costa Rica 5k, Kettering
2013 D'Light Run 5k and 1-mile, Cleveland
2nd Annual CHASE Memorial Freedom Run, Westerville
13th Annual Eagle Run 5k, Avon

May 26
3rd Annual 1LT Michael L. Runyan 5k, Geneva
11th Annual Magnificat Blue Streaks through River 5k, Rocky River
2nd Annual Blue Jay 5k, North Jackson
15th Annual Blossom Time Run, Chagrin Falls

May 27
Inaugural Earn Your Spots 5k, Cleveland
20th Annual Ritchie's Sporting Goods 5k, Tallmadge
2013 Let Your Colors Fly 5k, Celina
2013 Ring Around The Roses 5k, Columbus
37th Annual Memorial Day Race, Cincinnati
2013 University Heights Memorial Day 4-mile Run, University Heights

8th Annual TRI for Joe, Cincinnati (05/25/2013)

Special Events
2013 Great Amazing Race, Cincinnati (05/05/2013)
2013 Color Bash 5k, Cincinnati (05/12/2013)
2013 The Mad Run 5k, Fort Recovery (05/18/2013)

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 June for next month’s list of events.