For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (July)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! It’s summertime. Enough said. Get out and get active with a local 5K for charity. Find your inner Olympian with a triathlon or duathlon, anything to get the body moving and the mind at ease. Ohio hosts a wide array of athletic events perfect for everyone from the avid athlete to the anxious amateur. As usual highlights events from around the Buckeye State. This July, choose from a gambit of 5k, 10k, and half marathon events as well as The Burning River 100-mile Endurance Run and a race that takes entrants over 200 miles. Get into the summer spirit by participating in an Ohio running event, swimming event, cycling event, or outdoors activity 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.


July 1

3rd Annual Brecksville Home Days Run 5k, Brecksville
2012 Trail Run Challenge, Piqua
7th Annual Columbia Station Half Marathon & Inline Skate, Columbia Station

July 3

2012 Moraine Pre Boom Bash 5k, Moraine

July 4

2012 Americana Festival 5k, Centerville
6th Annual Red, White, and Blue Run 4 Home 5k, Lebanon
38th Annual Firecracker 4-mile, Canfield
2012 Run for Liberty 5k, Liberty Township
2012 Hilary Rotary 10k & 5k, Hilliard
2012 Race for Education 5k, Chardon
2012 The Big Bang 5k Run/Walk, Prospect
34th Annual Stow Firecracker Run, Stow
Ashtabula YMCA Firecracker 5k, Ashtabula
33rd Annual Run Through The Hills 5k, Worthington
2012 Vandalia Freedom Tour/5k, Vandalia
2012 Clintonville July 4th Celebration 5k, Clintonville
2012 Rocket Man 5k/10k, Cincinnati
2012 Freedom 5k. Lima
2012 John Bar Bexley 5k, Bexley
39th Annual Granville Firecracker 5, Granville
2012 Wapakoneta Firecracker 5k, Wapakoneta
29th Annual Firecracker Run, Ansonia
38th Annual Bay Days Run 4-mile, Bay Village
14th Annual Hudson Firecracker 5k, Hudson
5th Annual Smiles for Sophie Birthday Bash & Dash 5k, Avon Lake
2012 Freedom 4-miler, Lewis Center
2012 Aurora Fun Run 5k & 1-mile, Aurora
2012 Fredericktown Blast in the Park 5k, Fredericktown

July 7

2012 Michael's House Champions4Children 5k, Fairborn
2012 Muddy Paws 10-mile, 5-mile & 2-mile, Boston Township
2012 Festival of the Bells 5k, Hillsboro
2012 AMETEK Tree City 5k for United Way, Kent
2012 Miles for Matt 5k, Zanesville
2012 Hotter Than Haiti 5k, Springboro
2012 Lockheed Martin Freedom 5k, Akron
2012 Covington Outreach Association 5k Run/Walk, Covington
2012 Robert Urich Run/Walk, Toronto
9th Annual Smoky Hollow 5k, Youngstown
2nd Annual Run for the Pierogies 5k & 1-mile, Parma

July 8

2012 Freedom Run 5k, Chagrin Falls
23rd Annual Debbie Hudacko Memorial 2-mile & 5-mile, Mayfield Heights

July 11

2012 Carriage Hill 5k Trail Run, Dayton

July 13

2012 LEI 5k Run/Walk, West Chester
5th Annual Troy Little League 5k, Troy

July 14

2012 Indian Mud Run, Coshocton
2012 Miamisburg Lions Cross Country 5k, Miamisburg
2012 UD Cross Country Experience 5k, Centerville
6th Annual Blazin Race 5k, Bryan
Inaugural GMS Garden Gallop 5k & Kids Dash, Richfield
2012 LEAP Frog Jog 5k, Akron
9th Annual Winking Lizard Shot In The Dark Run, Cleveland
2012 Dr. Bender XC Classic, Canal Winchester
2012 Amherst Sandstone Classic 5k, Amherst
2nd Annual Feet on the Street 5k, Bowling Green
Inaugural Jaymie's Rockin' Run for Hope 5k, Covington
2012 Camp Mowana Run Through The Pines 5k, Mansfield
2012 Dash For Donation, Columbus
2012 One Mile Dash, Columbus
2012 Natalie's Fly Thru The Park 5k, Miami Township
2012 Tibby 10k & 5k, Marion
Inaugural Jen's Joggers 5k, Pataskala
2nd Annual Andrea Rose Teodosio 5k, Akron

July 15

2012 Dayton Dragons 5k, Dayton
5th Annual Mayor Alai's 5k & 1-mile for Health and Wellness, Broadview Heights
36th Annual Johnny Cake Jog, Painesville

July 19

2012 Take Back The Night 5k, Sidney

July 20
2012 World Famous Pig Run 5k, Columbus
2012 Rock the Lock 5k, Akron
2012 Friday Night Lights 5k, Mentor

July 21

4th Annual Roundtown Classic 5-mile, 5k & 1-mile Run/Walk, Circleville
2012 Fairborn 5k, Fairborn
2012 Run for their Lives 5k, Bellefontaine
10th Annual Teresa Conti Memorial 5k, Akron
2012 Forest Hill Thunder Run 5k, Cleveland Heights
2012 Dirty Mo 19k, Loudonville
The Color Run, Columbus
2012 Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5k, Lakewood
2nd Annual Luau Run and After Party, West Chester
2012 Walk Across Ohio, Pomeroy
2012 Run to the Moon 5k/10k, Wapakoneta
31st Annual Lodi Sweet Corn Run, Lodi
2012 Bean Days 5k Run/Walk & 1-mile Kid's Fun Run, Montpelier
23rd Annual Run for Shelter, Piketon
2012 Bec's Bunch 5k, Vandalia
4th Annual Beulah Beach 5k, Vermillion
AACC 5k Run & 2-mile Walk, Archbold
2012 Gary Jordan Wellington Cheese Festival 5k, 10k, & 1-mile Walk, Wellington
2nd Annual Strongsville Cleveland Clinic Race for Wellness 5k & 1-mile, Strongsville
11th Annual Refuse to Lose 5k, Hudson
6th Annual Dirty Dog Run, Walk, Wash, Avon Lake

July 22

2012 B'nai B'rith Run, Maple Heights
2012 Wellness in the Woods: Scioto Audubon, Columbus
2012 MCRR 5k/10k, Medina
3rd Annual Copley 5k for Education, Copley

July 26

2012 Touching Lives Through Hope 5k, Circleville

July 27

2012 Catch Me If You Can 5k & 10k, Cincinnati

July 28

Dayton Celtic Festival 5k, Dayton
2012 Mason State Bank 5k, Mason
6th Annual Burning River 100-mile Endurance Run, Cleveland
The Redneck Run 2012, Wellston
2012 Run For Hope 5k & 1-Mile Events, Auburn
Inaugural Escape on the Lake 5k Run/Walk, Cleveland
2012 Be The One Run, Columbus
4th Annual Simply Women 5k, Yellow Springs
2012 Tigertown 5000, Liberty Center
2012 Team Hope Walk & 5k, Hilliard
2012 Trails N Treads Short Course Race, Medina
2012 Mid Ohio Flippin XC 5k, Marion
2012 Ride For Them 5k Run/Walk, Andover
5th Annual Prayers From Maria Run, Bay Village
2012 Tony Fessler Memorial 5k Run, Pleasant Hill
Inaugural Warren County Twp. Association 5k, Lebanon
2012 SIDS Awareness 5k, Columbus
2012 Farmington Festival 5k, Farmington
2012 Fireman's Memorial 5k, New Bremen
2012 Run for their Lives 5k, Akron
3rd Annual Mt. Victory UMC 5k, Mt. Victory
2012 Radnor Baptist Church 5k, Radnor
12th Annual Amish Buggy Classic 5k, Middlefield
3rd Annual Wigs For Kids Zoo Walk & 5k Run, Cleveland
2012 Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5k, Niles
2012 5k Run & Walk to Remember, Salem
5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness 5k, Greenville

July 29

2012 For The Love Of The Kids 1-mile, 5k & Half Marathon, Ohio
2012 Ohio State Fair 5k, Columbus

July 30

21st Annual Brookeville Optimist 5-Mile Picnic Run, Brookeville


2012 Speedy Feet Bicycle Time Trial, Casstown (07/05/2012)
2012 Blue Streak Time Trial, Dayton (07/11/2012)
TK Hausfield Ride For Life, Dayton (07/28/2012)


Lil' Stars Tri, Springfield (07/01/2012)
2012 MiltonMan Triathlons, Lake Milton (07/01/2012)
37th Annual Twin Sizzler, Medina (07/04/2012)
2012 Napoleon Triathlon Challenge, Napoleon (07/07/2012)
The Outer Limits Triathlon & Duathlon 2012, Hilliard (07/08/2012)
26th Annual NCN Summer Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon, Lorain (07/08/2012)
2012 Miamisburg Triathlon Miamisburg (07/14/2012)
2012 Greenswell Triathlon for Hope, Lewis Center (07/14/2012)
7th Annual Findley Lake Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon, Wellington (07/14/2012)
2012 Girls Tri Too: Caesar Creek, Caesar Creek (07/15/2012)
2012 Greenswell Health & Wellness Duathlon & Triathlon, Lewis Center (07/15/2012)
2012 Greenswell Family Triathlon & Duathlon, Lewis Center (07/15/2012)
2012 Troy Kids Triathlon, Troy (07/15/2012)
2012 Caesar Creek Wednesday Night Triathlon, Caesar Creek (07/18/2012)
2012 Healthy Holmes Tri, Millersburg (07/21/2012)
2012 Preble County YMCA Triathlon, Eaton (07/21/2012)
7th Annual Shelby YMCA Triathlon & Duathlon, Shelby (07/21/2012)
2012 White Star PT Services Triathlon, Gibsonburg (07/21/2012)
6th Annual Cincinnati Triathlon, Cincinnati (07/21 – 07/22/2012)
2012 North Canton YMCA Sprint Triathlon, North Canton (07/22/2012)
13th Annual NCN Huntington Triathlon & Duathlon, Bay Village (07/22/2012)
2012 Minsters 1 Heart 2 Souls Youth Triathlon, Minster (07/22/2012)
2012 Zoom Triathlon & Duathlon Championship Series #2, Waynesville (07/22/2012)
2012 Kids Roll! Triathlon, Groveport (07/28/2012)
2012 Girls Tri Too: Alum Creek, Columbus (07/28/2012)
2012 Giant Eagle Triathlon, Columbus (07/29/2012)
2012 Up and Running Fun in the Sun Kid's Triathlon, Kettering (07/29/2012)


2012 OSSC Mike Peppe-John Bruce Memorial Meet, Columbus (07/06 - 07/08/2012)
2012 Cincinnati Marlins Championship Qualifier, Cincinnati (07/10/2012)
2012 Ohio LC Regional Championships & Time Trial South, Cincinnati
2012 Greenswell Open Water Swim Series: Alum Creek, Lewis Center (07/14/2012)

Special Events

Let's Move It! Mondays, Progressive Field, Cleveland (June 4 – August 13)
Miami Valley Track Club Mini Meet Series, (July 6-8, 11, 19-22, 23-29)
2012 Fun Run, Berea (June 1 – July 27)
2012 TNS Pump-N-Run, North Olmstead (07/14/2012)
Mud Ninja Extreme Challenge, South Salem (07/28/2012)
2012 Wooster Urban Adventure Challenge, Wooster (07/28/2012)

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 August for next month’s list of events.