For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (April 2013)

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Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! Well, March was supposed to summon spring and bring the onset of warmer days, but we all see how that turned out. Luckily for us, April is here, and hopefully along with it comes clearer skies and rising thermometers. April in Ohio offers runners, swimmers, triathletes and weekend warriors the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and raise the ole blood pressure. We’ve got a comprehensive list of Ohio athletic events ranging from 5ks and 10ks to the Tough Mudder 10-miler and a charitable marathon in Kent. Ring in spring with AltOhio and find your summer stride.

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.


April 1
5th Annual April Fool's Day 5k, Miamisburg

April 6
5th Annual TIC 5k, Gahanna
2013 Wildcat 5k, Finneytown
2nd Annual Charge into Spring 5k, Berea
Inaugural Hocking College 5k, Nelsonville
2013 NSPIRE Race to Heal 5k, Columbus
2013 We Pink We Can 5k for a Cure, Findlay
6th Annual Heath Community 5k, Heath
2013 Miles for Madison 5k, Creston
5th Annual The Sting 5k, Sidney
2013 Junior Civic League 5k, Chillicothe
8th Annual March for Marfan 5k & 3k, Cleveland
2013 Habitat for Humanity 5k, Lewis Center
2013 Bunny Hop 5k, Columbus
2013 Off The Wall Ministry 5k, New Philadelphia
2013 Project Congo 5k, Dayton
2013 Glow in the Dark 5k, Payne
Inaugural Hospice of Miami County 5k, Troy
6th Annual Run for Your Health 5k Prediction Run & 1-mile, Sherwood
2013 Go The Distance 5k, Marion
15th Annual Make a Difference...Save a Life 5k, Dayton

April 7
2013 Michael Hayes 5k, Oxford
Inaugural Miles for Smiles 5k, Columbus
2013 Towpath Half Marathon & 5-miler, Peninsula
6th Annual Fools Trail Run 50k & 25k, Peninsula

April 12
2nd Annual Falcon 5-miler, Bowling Green

April 13
2013 Run for the Red 5k, Elyria
2013 Dash for the Darter 5k, Glouster
3rd Annual Black Squirrel 5k, Kent
2013 Run for the Health of It 5k & 10k, Oakwood
Inaugural Clintonville 5k & 1-mile, Columbus
2013 Alex Miller Memorial 5k, Marietta
Inaugural Slim Down Columbus 5k, Columbus
2013 Run for the Orphans 5k, Hudson
2013 Larry Beagle Memorial 5k, Arlington
2nd Annual Race to Elminate Sexual Violence 5k, Columbus
2013 Marietta Mudder 5k, Marietta
2nd Annual KC5k, Marion
2013 Meters for Mozart IV 5k, Fairfield
2nd Annual Mary Miller Memorial 5k, Milford
Inaugural Fight Like Mike 5k, Hudson
2013 Race Judicata 5k, Columbus
2013 The ELIMINATE Project 5k, Lucas
Inaugural B Positive: It's Not Just A Blood Type 5k, Kettering
2013 Project Woman 5k, Springfield
2013 Big Purple 5k, Dayton
3rd Annual a Run to Remember 5k, Sidney

April 14
2013 Healthy Solon 5k Run for Wellness, Solon
2013 Dirt Days Trail Series Ault Park Switchback, Cincinnati
2013 Kent-Stark Spring Fun Run 5k, North Canton
41st Annual Spring Classic 10-miler, Strongsville
2013 Athens Marathon & Half Marathon, Athens
Physicians Free Clinic 5k, Columbus
Inaugural Three Creeks Half Marathon, 10k & 5k, Groveport
2013 In Step For Life 5k, Hillsboro
8th Annual Run for Peace 5k, Cleveland
4th Annual Run the Res 5k & 10k, Fostoria
2013 AIDS Benefit 5k, Dayton
2013 Union Hospital Run for Home Half Marathon, 5-mile and Relays, New Philadelphia
5th Annual Spring into Health 5k, Kettering
5th Annual Emily's Rainbow 5k, Westlake
Inaugural Race for the Kids 5k & 1-mile, Shaker Heights
Inaugural Tiger Trot 5k & 10k, Centerville

April 19
2013 The Path to Success 5k, Springfield

April 20
2013 5k Run Wild, Troy
15th Annual Southwest General's Old Oak Run 5k, Middleburg Heights
8th Annual Dayton Peace Accords 5k, Dayton
11th Annual Jog Into Spring 5k, Independence
10th Annual Frog Jog 5k, Hamilton
6th Annual Race for the Ribbon 5k, Ada
2013 Tree Trotter Half Marathon and 3.5-mile Race, Wellington
2013 AMSA 5k for Kids, Youngstown
5th Annual Spring Fitness 5k, Newark
2013 Be a Hero 5k, Hilliard
2013 FaithWORKS Step Up to Health 5k, Columbus
Inaugural Run4Beau 5k, Waverly
6th Annual Tri-County Trail Half Marathon & 5k, Frankfort
3rd Annual Kilometers 4 Kamp 5k, Xenia
2013 Irish Ridge Trail Runs 5k & 10k
2013 Glen Helen Earth Day 5k, Yellow Springs
12th Annual Powell Spring 5k, Powell
2013 Get into gEAR 5k, Akron
9th Annual Pat's Run, Columbus
Inaugural Child Abuse Prevention 5k & 1-mile Kid's Fun Run, Delaware
2013 First Step 5k, Coshocton
Inaugural IHM Mustang 5k & 1-mile Run/Walk, Cuyahoga Falls
Inaugural Empire 5k for Kids, Sharonville
5th Annual Eagles on Foot 5k, Lakewood
4th Annual Blaze The Trail 5k, Columbus
Inaugural PN 5k, Marion
2013 Run to the Beach Half Marathon, 5k and Relays, Akron
12th Annual Rat Race 5k & 10k, Loveland
2013 Run for Kids 5k, Cleveland

April 21
2013 The Gantlet Trail 5k, Springfield
2013 D-Feet Diabetes 5k, Mansfield
6th Annual Panerathon 5k to Fight Hunger, Centerville
4th Annual Spirit Sprint 5k, Columbus
2013 Hoover Hustle 10-mile, 10k & 5k, Blendon Township
2013 Fisher 5k, Columbus
2013 Hangar Clinic 5k, Columbus
2013 MADD for Curing Cancer 5k, Columbus
Inaugural Race for Blue Pride 5k, Brunswick
2013 Race to the MAX 5k, Cleveland
2013 Earth Day Challenge Half Marathon & 4-mile Run, Gambier
Inaugural Race to Empower 5k & 1-mile, Cleveland

April 24
2013 Earth Day 5k, Cleveland Heights

April 27
3rd Annual Roadrunner Run 5k & 1-mile, Hilliard
2013 Active Water 5k Fun Run, Cincinnati
2nd Annual River of Hope Ranch 5k, Waynesville
2013 Walking to Stop Child Abuse 5k Run/Walk, Beavercreek
2013 Samaritan Regional Health System 5k, Ashland
2013 No Child Hungry 5k Run/Walk & 1-mile Fun Run, Bellefontaine
9th Annual Cleveland 10-miler, Cleveland
Inaugural Giving Birth to a Dream 5k, Copley
2013 Pro Life Walk/Cycle & 5k Run, Urbana
2013 New Path 5k Run, Tipp City
2013 DASH for a Difference, Defiance
2013 Dash For Dobes 5k, Columbus
2013 Race at the Rock 5k, Flat Rock
2nd Annual WhiteHot 5k, Kent
2013 O'Bleness Race for a Reason 5k, Athens
Inaugural Give Pets a Chance 5k, Wooster
4th Annual Akita 5k, Columbus
2013 Stache Dash 5k, Wadsworth
2nd Annual Run United 5k, Liberty Township
2nd Annual C.O.D.A. 5k, Columbus
2013 Mutt Strut 5k, Ottawa
2013 Rockin' Relay at the Zoo, Cleveland
4th Annual Licking Valley Scholarship 5k, Newark
2013 Glow, Bark & Brew 5k, Miamisburg
2013 Dublin Sells 5k, Dublin
2013 5k for Cambodia, Columbus
2013 Run the Roo 5k, Akron
2013 5k Walk/Run for Autism, Moraine
4th Annual Fashion Dash 5k, Mansfield
2013 Great Amazing Race 5k, Columbus
2013 Run to Win America 5k, Columbus
3rd Annual Run it Forward 5k, Sharonville
2013 JROTC 5k Run/Walk, Bellbrook
2013 Outrun 24-hour Trail Race, Kirtland (04/27 – 04/28)

April 28
2013 Viking Victory Run 5k, North Canton
2013 Stand Up to Cancer 5k, Pataskala
10th Annual Glass City Marathon, Toledo
6th Annual City2City 5k, Cleveland
2nd Annual Love a Stray Fur Fun 5k, Avon Lake
2013 Free Your Sole 5k, Dayton

4th Annual Founder's Day Ride, Vandalia (04/27/2013)

2nd Annual Ashland University Triathlon, Ashland (04/13/2013)
2013 Miami Student Foundation Triathlon, Oxford (04/20/2013)
2013 Dooby Du Duathlon, Berkey (04/21/2013)
2013 Minster YMCA Youth Triathlon, Minster (04/21/2013)
WooDu Duathlon, Wooster (04/21/2013)
2013 Spring for SIDS Duathlon, Galloway (04/28/2013)

Medina Masters Sprint Spectacular, Medina (04/27/2013)

Special Events
2013 Ed Dibble 20-mile Training Run, Swanton (04/06/2013)
Inaugural Warrior Mode Race, Lima (04/06/2013)
72 Miles for Freedom, Dayton (04/06/2013)
The GLO RUN 5k 2013, Columbus (04/06/2013)
2013 Amazing Adventure Race, Lewis Center (04/27/2013)
2013 Green Middle Mud Run, Clinton (04/28/2013)

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 May for next month’s list of events.