For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (June)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! June is in bloom and represents the most idyllic time of the year for health and fitness in Ohio. Take advantage of those long summer days by participating in a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon. Ohio also offers several cycling and swimming events, as well as hundreds of miles of trails to hike and enjoy the outdoors. June features the inaugural Canton Marathon June 17 and a host of other great events for the family, friends, and aspiring athletes.

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.


June 1

16th Annual Prokids Run for the Kids 5k, Cincinnati
18th Annual Dayton YMCA 5k & 10k, Dayton

June 2

June in Olde WilliamsBurgh 5k, Williamsburgh
2012 5k Run for the Relay & 1-mile Fun Run, Brunswick
2012 Stryker 5k, 2-mile and 1-mile Fun Run, Stryker
2012 Greater Toledo Get Your Rear In Gear 5k, Maumee
2012 East Harbor 5k Run/Walk, Marblehead
2012 Fast 5 5k Run/Walk, Pataskala
Inaugural Melanie Moretti Mismatched Socks 5k, Ashtabula
5th Annual Race for the Green 5k River Run/Walk, Gates Mill
7th Annual West Side Catholic Center 5k Run/1-mile Walk, Cleveland
2nd Annual Becca's Legendary Run for a Cure 5k,
5th Annual Officer Casey Terrell Police Memorial 5k Run/Walk, Xenia
Inaugural Schneider House of Hope 5k Run Walk, Xenia
5th Annual Van Wert City 5k Run, Van Wert
2012 Fast 5 5k, Pataskala
2012 Unveil 5k & 10k, Sagamore Hills
3rd Annual Heart of Ohio Fashion Dash 5k, Mansfield
2012 Girls on the Run 5k, North Canton
2012 Wheels & Deals 5k, Bucyrus
2012 Lighthouse 5k, Cuyahoga Falls
Inaugural Jog for Jill 5k, Columbus
5th Annual SFC Daniel Crabtree Memorial 5k Run/Walk, Gahanna
4th Annual Nicholas Rauser Memorial 5k, North Olmsted
Inaugural Run With Jesus 5k, Groveport
2nd Annual Lerner School for Autism 5k & Family Fun Run, Lyndhurst
2012 Run for the Paws 5k, Akron
8th Annual Another Dam 50k Run, Englewood
Run for God 5k, Newark

June 3

8th Annual Run for the Prize 5k, Maidenville
14th Annual Yates 5k Run/Walk & Kid's Race, Solon
12th Annual Race for the Place 5k, Beachwood
27th Annual Kids Are #1 5k, Akron
2012 Toledo West End Symphony 5k Stampede, Toledo
4th Annual Johnny's Run 5k & 1-mile Fun Walk, Mentor

June 5

2012 Herb Jay Run, Lima

June 8

2012 Steve Gillig Memorial 5k Memorial Run, Fostoria

June 9

2012 Pier W. Copper River Salmon Run 5k, Lakewood
4th Annual Free to Breathe 5k, Perrysburg
2012 Holy Rosary Festival 5k, Saint Marys
2012 NC4K 5k, Groveport
2012 Heather's Hope Lickety Split 5k, Wilmington
2012 Shift 5k, Duncan Falls
8th Annual Paddy's Pig 5k & 10k, Bellefontaine
Inaugural Healthy Planet, Healthy People 5k, Rocky River
32nd Annual Jim Klett Memorial Races 5k & 10k, Peninsula
8th Annual St. Leonard 5k Run & Walk, Centerville
2012 Farm Fresh 5k, Blacklick
2012 River Front Irish Fest 5k & 1-mile, Cuyahoga Falls
2012 Yellow Springs Street Fair 5k, Yellow Springs
2012 CISV Run/Walk for Peace, Bexley
2012 Minerva for the Cure 5k, Minerva
2012 St. Helen Festival Family 5k, Riverside
2012 Mayfield Run for Life 5k, Mayfield
2012 Kingwood Center 5k, Mansfield
2012 Race for Literacy 5k, Springfield
2nd Annual UCC Berry Fest 5k Run/Walk, Bloomville
2012 Race for the ROC 5k, Salem
2012 5k Run/Walk for Relay for Life, Hudson
4th Annual Free to Breathe Toledo Lung Cancer 5k Rumble Run, Perrysburg
2nd Annual Ribfest River Run 5k, Antwerp
2nd Annual Jonathon "AJ" Schroeder Scholarship Fund 5k, Cleveland
13th Annual Apache Run 5k, Sherwood
7th Annual Henny Penny/United Way 5k Run/Walk, Eaton
2012 Stand Against Hunger 5k, Bellbrook

June 10

2012 Fraternal Order of Police 5k, South Euclid
6th Annual Slavic Village Pierogi Dash 5k, Cleveland
3rd Annual Girls with Soul LULA 5k & 1-mile, Rocky River
35th Annual Columbus 10k, Columbus
2012 Kill the Hill 5k, Chillicothe
2012 Great Amazing Race 5k, Cleveland
2012 Wellness in the Woods: Blendon Woods, Westerville
4th Annual Lake Health Half Marathon & 5k Run/Walk, Concord Township
2nd Annual 5k Run & Sun, Mason
30th Annual Kelleys Island 5k & 10k, Kelleys Island

June 13

2012 Ohio Teamsters Flag Day Race 5k, Mentor

June 14

2012 Indian Mud Run 5k, Coshocton

June 15

Inaugural Valley View Relay For Life 5k, Dayton

June 16

3rd Annual Fat Little Buddies 5k, Olmsted Township
7th Annual Ohio City Run & Crawl 5k, Cleveland
2012 Greenway Trail 5-mile Race, Ashtabula
Inaugural Run @ the Ridge 5k, North Ridgeville
2012 Fairview 4-mile Relay, Sherwood
2012 Mark Highwater Memorial 5k Run/Walk, Mansfield
8th Annual Mini Triathlon & 5k Race, Powell
2012 Purple Stride 5k, Cleveland
2012 Thad Davis Memorial 5k, Amanda
2012 Child Cancer Awareness 5k, Crestline
2012 Rhythm & Ribs 5k Trail Run, Utica
2012 Cleveland Police Foundation 3-mile Chase, Cleveland
3rd Annual Lungs on the Run 5k, West Chester
Inaugural Run4Fun "Summer Solstice" 5k, Strongsville
7th Annual Miami Township Father's Day 5k, Miami Township
4th Annual Friends of Aiden 5k, Vandalia
6th Annual Captain's Charities 5k, Eastlake
2012 Relay Around Columbus, Columbus
2012 YMCA of Wooster Run for the Health of It! 5k, Wooster
34th Annual Camelbak Run, Fremont

June 17

Virtual Father's Day Run, Throughout Ohio
2012 Northcoast Inland Trail Relay, Fremont
2012 Great Amazing Race 5k, Cincinnati
Inaugural Canton Marathon, Canton
2012 Relay Around Columbus, Columbus
9th Annual Park 2 Park Half Marathon & 5k, Sheffield Village
2012 DADSDAY 5-mile Run, Shaker Heights
2012 Run for the Goal 5k, Beachwood
2012 Towpath 10-10, Valley View

June 21

6th Annual Duck N Run 5k Daffy Derby Night Run, Sidney
2012 Dayton Arthritis Walk, Dayton

June 22

Inaugural Lake Cow-nty Stampede 5k, Painesville

June 23

Inaugural TEAM JENNY 5k, Fremont
2nd Annual Dean DePiero's 5k Run & 2-mile Walk, Parma
2012 Chris Stapleton Memory Run 5k, Centerville
Williams County Family YMCA 5k, Bryan
2012 KidSMILES 5k, Dublin
2012 Taking Steps to Stop Cancer 5k, Hicksville
2012 Panera Bread Baguette Run 5k, Marion
2012 The Heights Half Marathon & 5k, Huber Heights
2012 Running with a Mission 5k & 1.5-mile Walk, Cleveland
2012 Hall of Fame Rough Rider of Stark County 5k, Canton
2nd Annual Friends of the Buckeye Lake Library 5k, Buckeye Lake
6th Annual Run with the Pack 5k, German Village
3rd Annual Moving Hearts and Soles 5k, Galion
2012 Lasso Up Cancer 5k, Kenton
Docs N Socks 5k Run/Walk, Findlay
Inaugural St. Peter 5k, Huber Heights
Lancaster's Amazing Race 2012, Lancaster
2012 Wilderness Challenge 5k Mud Run, Zanesville
2012 Sprint or Stroll for Soul to Sole, Amherst
Hayes XC Summer Fun 5k and Push-Up & Run 5k, Delaware
2012 Spread the Word to End the Word 5k, Springfield

June 24

13th Annual A Most Excellent Race 10k & 5k Run/Walk, Cleveland Heights
4th Annual Woodland 5k, Kirtland
7th Annual Columbia Station Half Marathon & Inline Skate, Columbia Station
5th Annual Run For The Hills 10k, Willoughby Hills
Garrettsville Summerfest Friends of Melana 5k & 1-Mile Walk, Garrettsville

June 30

2012 NiteLite 5k Run, Macedonia
2012 Run for a Cure 5k, Barberton
Inaugural Bikers for the Cure 5k, Rossford
2012 Stein Hospice 5k Regatta Run, Sandusky
2012 Country Fun 5k, Maplewood
13th Annual Balloonfest 5k, Ashland
2nd Annual Run For Help 5k, Elyria
Inaugural Trotwood Parks 5k, South Broadway
2nd Annual Defiance Ghostbusters Spook Central 5k, Defiance
2012 Ontario 5k, Ontario
2012 Kellog's 5k, Zanesville
Inaugural West Carrolton YMCA Summerfest 5k, West Carrolton


2012 Dayton Cycling Club Covered Bridge Tour, Brookville (06/02/2012)
2012 Kenda Mohican 100 MTB Race, Loudonville (06/02/2012)
2012 Flag City Charity Tour, Findlay (06/03/2012)
ADA Tour de Cure, Westerville (06/09/2012)
2012 Cycle for Cancer, Dayton (06/16/2012)
ADA Tour de Cure, Cincinnati (06/16/2012)
331 Racing Ohio Power Series #3 Showdown in Cowtown, Delaware (06/23/2012)
2012 Bike to the Bay for MS, Maumee (06/23/2012)


2012 Buckeye Lake Sprint Triathlon, Millersport (06/02/2012)
2012 Greenswell Youth Triathlon & Duathlon, Lewis Center (06/02/2012)
2012 Twinsburg Duathlon, Twinsburg (06/03/2012)
2012 Flyathon, Plain City (06/03/2012)
2012 Ceasar Creek Wednesday Night Tri Series: #1, Waynesville (06/06/2012)
2012 Wendy's International Triathlon, Lewis Center (06/10/2012)
2012 North Shore Norder War Triathlon & Duathlon, Geneva (06/10/2012)
2012 Greenswell Gauntlet, Lewis Center (06/17/2012)
2012 Zoom Triathlon & Duathlon Championship Series #1, Waynesville (06/17/2012)
2012 Ceaser Creek Wednesday Night Tri Series: #2, Waynesville (06/20/2012)
2nd Annual Splash N Dash, Chagrin Falls (06/23/2012)
2012 Kids Roll! Youth Triathlon & Splash N Dash, Upper Arlington (06/23/2012)
2012 Triathlon & Duathlon, Munroe Falls (06/24/2012)
2012 Tri-Tech Sprint Triathlon, Lewis Center (06/24/2012)


17th Annual CAC Summer Classic, Miami (June 1 - 3)
2012 Bowling Green Summer Invitational, Bowling Green (June 2 – 3)
2012 GTAD Holy Toledo! Meet, Sylvania (June 9 – 10)
2012 Flag City Invitational, Findlay (June 15 – 17)
Great Columbus Senior Circuit Meet, Gahanna (June 15 – 17)
33rd Annual Napoleon Invitational, Napoleon (June 22 – 24)
2012 TYR Summer Classic, Cincinnati (June 22 – 24)
2012 WOR Judith Girardi Memorial, Worthington (June 30)

Special Events

Let's Move It! Mondays, Progressive Field, Cleveland (June 4 – August 13)
Miami Valley Track Club Mini Meet Series, Dayton (June 9, 10, 16)
2012 Hops Over the Moon, Dayton (June 16)
2012 Fun Run, Berea (June 1 – July 27)
2012 Beginner Trail Run Series, Lake County (June 5 – July 31)
Urban Dare, Columbus (June 23)

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 July for next month’s list of events.

*Bold denotes spotlight events