For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (August)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! The dog days of summer are right around the corner, and to stave off any unwanted pounds as the winter months approach provides the monthly checklist of Buckeye Betterment to keep our residents in shape and in control. Featured Ohio events in the month of August include The Perfect 10-Miler held in Lyndhurst and the Lake View Cemetery 5k. Ohio also holds a number of other 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon events throughout the month of August. Fall into healthy routines with For a Better Buckeye brought to you by

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.


August 2

6th Annual Defend Your Friend 5k, Columbus
2012 Bill Heideman XC Series: #1, Akron

August 3

Inaugural Champions4Children 5k Run/Walk, Springfield

August 4

8th Annual Run Fur Hope 5k, Marysville
27th Annual Youth Challenge 5k & 1 mile, Westlake
2012 Red Hot Blues Run 5k, Lebanon
9th Annual Rogues Hollow Festival 5k, Doylestown
2012 Carey Twilight 5k, Carey
2012 Matt Kauffman Memorial 5k, Akron
2012 Run to the Wall 5k & 10k, Clinton
3rd Annual Wilshire 5k, Lewis Center
2nd Annual Brian Ward Memorial 5k, Perrysville
Inaugural Bee Strong 5k, Bethel
18th Annual Ralph E. Wade 5k, Springboro
2012 Irish 13.1 Challenge, Dublin
7th Annual St. Anthony Social 5k, Columbus Grove
7th Annual 5k for MDA, Coshocton
19th Annual Star Trax 5k Night Run , Salem
18th Annual Cleveland Clinic Independence 5k, Independence

August 5

Inaugural Trails for Tails 5k, Akron
2012 Kathleen Neitert Race for Hope 7.5-mile & 5k Races, Aurora
2nd Annual Gazebo Gallop, Parma Heights
2012 The Journal Jog 5k
Inaugural Milk Run 5k, Elyria
2012 Are You Faster Than a Fifth Grader 5k, Hilliard

August 7

NERC XC Series: #1, Kirtland

August 8

6th Annual The Hyde5 5k, Cincinnati

August 9

2012 Bill Heideman XC Series: #2, Akron
2012 Twilight Trail 8k, Willoughby

August 10

37th Annual All-Ohio Balloonfest 5k, Marysville
11th Annual Hilliard Nite Classic 5k, Hilliard
28th Annual Pizza Splash 5k, Warren
12th Annual Germanfest Picnic 5k, Dayton

August 11

2012 Run the Plank 5k, Cortland
12th Annual Bashful Ostrich 5k, Sharonville
6th Annual St. Mary's Summerfest 5k, St. Marys
23rd Annual Englewood Festival 5k, Englewood
2012 Runnin' with the Dawgs 5k Run/Walk, Elida
2nd Annual Acorn Run 5k, Uniontown
10th Annual Up, Up and Away 5k, Findlay
2012 Cougar Prowl 5k, Springfield
2012 Beethoven 5k, Westerville
2012 Race Against Hunger 5k, Wilmington
8th Annual Buehler's Heart & Sole Community Run 5k, Wooster
2012 Fayette County YMCA 5k, Washington Court House
9th Annual North Ridgeville Lions Club 5k, North Ridgeville
2012 CREW Black & Gold 5k, Columbus
2012 IVHS Bon Voyage Bolt 5k, Gnadenhutten
4th Annual Glenville Heritage 5k, Cleveland
2012 The Happy Half, Springfield
Inaugural Ohio Naturopathic 5k, Canfield
13th Annual Canalway Classic 5k, Navarre
2012 Midwest Reggae Fest 5k Reggae Run, Cleveland
4th Annual Greene Leaf 5k, Xenia
2012 Race for Spaghetti 5k, Upper Arlington
5th Annual Patrick Joyce Scholarship Fund 5k & 1-mile Walk, Lakewood

August 12

24th Annual run, jane, run 5k & 10k, Cleveland
9th Annual The Perfect 10-miler, Lyndhurst
13th Annual CABVI Know You Can 5k, Cincinnati
2012 Columbus Half Marathon, 5-miler & 5k, Lewis Center
St. Joseph's Jog for SIDS, Fort Jennings
3rd Annual Bridging the Distance 5k & 1 mile, Cleveland
2012 Wellness in the Woods: Three Creeks Race, Groveport

August 14

NERC XC Series: #2, Kirtland

August 16

2012 Bill Heideman XC Series: #3, Akron

August 17

2012 Pemberville 5-miler, Pemberville
3rd Annual St. Albert the Great Stag 5k, Kettering
2012 DarkHorse 5k Challenge, Willoughby

August 18

9th Annual OutRun Ovarian Cancer 5k & 1 mile, Cleveland
2nd Annual Back Roads and Beaches 5k & 10k, Oberlin
2012 AkRUN & Crawl 5k, Akron
3rd Annual Herbie Fuzz 5k, Covington
Lexington Blueberry Festival 5k, Lexington
2012 Hilltop House Classic 5k, Brecksville
5th Annual Brenden P. Krannitz 5k, Lancaster
2012 Good Neighbor 5k, Beavercreek
11th Annual Eagle 5k , Dayton
2012 Catch the Cure for CF, Sandusky
3rd Annual Enhancement 5k, Mount Vernon
2nd Annual Gabby Thames 5k, Mt. Blanchard
7th Annual St. Chris 5k, Vandalia
2012 Bonnie Myers Race to Education 5k, Barberton
2012 Crestview 5k Run/Walk, Crestview
2012 St. Paul Parish Memorial 5k, Westerville
2012 Circle City Mile, Tallmadge
2012 Run with the Rockets 5k, Lowellville
3rd Annual Shatter the Silence 7-mile Trail Run, Peninsula
4th Annual Bohlke 5k Run/Walk, O’Bryonville

August 19

2012 Running Infinity 8k, Columbus
22nd Annual CHA Dog Jog 5k Run/Walk, Columbus
35th Annual Santarelli Memorial 5k, Elyria
2012 Bremenfest 5k, New Bremen
Inaugural The Lake View Cemetery 5k "A run through history", Cleveland

August 21

2012 Kewpee/YMCA 10k Race and 1k Fun Run, Lima
2012 NERC XC Series: #3, Kirtland

August 24

2012 Burning Bridge Blazin' Hot 5k, Dayton

August 25

Inaugural Stride and Glide 5k Run and Kite Flight, Cleveland
2nd Annual Team Mojo Back To School 5k, Wellsville
2012 Lion's Roar 5k, North Hampton
2012 Glow 4 Goal 5k, St. Clairsville
2012 United Way Rock n' Run 5k, Dover
Veteran's Memorial Stadium 5k, Hudson
2012 Apraxia 5k Run/Walk, Barberton
2012 Bob Shul Open Invitational, West Milton
2012 Tap n' Run, Columbus

August 26

3rd Annual A Race For Maggie's Place 9k & 3-mile walk, Cleveland
6th Annual MStar's 5k Run, Medina
2012 Miracle Miles 5k, Columbus
3rd Annual Emerald City Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon, Dublin
2012 Panerathon 10k & 2-mile Walk, Youngstown


2012 MVWC: Race #16, Woodville (08/02/2012)
2012 Worthington Gran Prix, Worthington (08/03/2012)
2012 Speedy Feet Bicycle Time Trial, Casstown (08/02/2012)
2012 River Ride, Lima (08/04/2012)
19th Annual Mad Anthony River Rally, Whitehouse/Perrysburg (08/04/2012)
2012 Ohio Power Series: #6 Chestnut Ridge, Columbus (08/04/2012)
2012 Pedal With Pete, Columbus (08/04/2012)
2012 Bike MS Pedal to the Point, Brunswick (08/04 – 08/05/2012)
14th Annual Roast Your Buns Bike Tour, Oberlin (08/05/2012)
MVMBA 6-hour Mountain Bike Endurance Race, Yellow Springs (08/05/2012)
2012 MVWC: Race #17, TBD (08/09/2012)
2012 Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival Ride, Marietta (08/09 – 08/12/2012)
38th Annual Roscoe Ramble, Canal Fulton (08/11 – 08/12/2012)
2012 The Smith's Dairy Mile Race, Orrville (08/12/2012)
2012 The Ultimate Ride, Ashland (08/12/2012)
2012 Fall Fast Laps, Yellow Springs (08/15/2012)
2012 MVWC: Race #18, Grand Rapids (08/16/2012)
Inaugural Aktion Club Re-Aktion Ride, Bowling Green (08/18/2012)
2012 Ohio Power Series: #7 Reagan Park Time Trial, Medina (08/18/2012)
6th Annual Heartstone Tour de Loveland, Loveland (08/18/2012)
36th Annual Old World Tour, Columbus (08/18 – 08/19/2012)
18th Annual Tri-County Triangle Trail Cookie Bicycle Ride, Frankfurt (08/19/2012)
2012 Eastern Ohio Time Trial Series: #4, Deerfield (08/19/2012)
2012 Fall Fast Laps: #2, Yellow Springs (8/22/2012)
2012 MVWC: Race #19, Liberty Center (08/23/2012)
2nd Annual SCC Senior Criterium Championship, Sylvania (08/25/2012)
2012 Bike MS Venture the Valley, Oregonia (08/25 – 08/26/2012)
2012 Fall Fast Laps: #3, Yellow Springs (08/29/2012)
2012 MVWC: Race #20, Pemberville (08/30/2012)


Caesar Creek Wednesday Night Triathlon: #4, Waynesville (08/01/2012)
2012 KidsRoll!: Zoombezi Bay, Columbus (08/04/2012)
Inaugural Springfield Kids Triathlon, Springfield (08/04/2012)
2012 Cleveland Triathlon, Cleveland (08/05/2012)
2012 Sylvania SuperKids Tri/Du, Sylvania (08/11/2012)
Inaugural We Tri 4 Food Triathlon/Duathlon, Wadsworth (08/11/2012)
2012 Tick Tock Triathlon, Hudson (08/11/2012)
Get 2 It: Hueston Woods, Oxford (08/12/2012)
Zoom Duathlon/Triathlon Series, Wayne Township (08/12/2012)
2012 AmmoMan Triathlon Battle at the Branch, Ravenna (08/19/2012)
2012 Lake Laramie Triathlon, Minster (08/26/2012)

Special Events

Let's Move It! Mondays, Progressive Field, Cleveland (June 4 – August 13)
2nd Annual Cleveland Urban Obstacle, Cleveland (August 4)
2012 Tac Force Challenge 5k, Franklin (August 4)
2nd Annual Cleveland WOOHOO Urbanobstacle, Cleveland (August 4)
2012 Bulls Run Ramblers Springboro Walk, Springboro (August 8)
2012 Apache Troop Gauntlet 5k Adventure Race, Greenville (August 11)
2012 Mudathlon, Cincinnati (August 11)
2012 Great Mason Chase, Mason (August 19)
2012 The Games V Adventure Race, East Liverpool (August 25)

Whether you’re a veteran buckeye looking to recapture old glory, an amateur Ohio athlete looking to lace up and test your abilities, or a family searching for something active and exciting to do together, Ohio has a lot to offer. offers a comprehensive list of Ohio athletic endeavors perfect for all levels of skill and desired enjoyment. Be sure to check back in September for next month’s list of events.