For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (April 2014)

(Summit County Metroparks/2013)
Attention Athletes! Could it be? Is it here; that moment when you decide to act on the changes you’ve been pledging to make for so long? Lose those extra 10, 20, 30, 40 or even 50 pounds using any of the great athletic events taking place during the month of April in Ohio as fodder. Already have your midsection in order or simply just want to get out and enjoy the warmer springtime weather with friends? We’ve got the remedy for that, too.

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
6th Annual April Fool's Day 5k, Miamisburg

April 2 Trail Race Series #3, Peninsula

April 5
12th Annual Jog Into Spring 5k, Independence
2014 Spring Dash 5k, Westerville
Inaugural Run for Kids 5k, Marion
2014 Just a Half-Mile More 5k Trail Race, Bellbrook
2014 Support After The Storm 5k, Ottoville
16th Annual Make a Difference…Save a Life 5k, Dayton
2014 Tiger Trot 5k, Massillon
2014 Protect Women 5k, Springfield
2014 C-Ville 5k, Clintonville
Inaugural Soaring Eagles 5k, Loveland
2nd Annual SOAR 5k, Plain City
2nd Annual Hocking College 5k Pump and Run, Nelsonville
2014 First Step 5k & 10k, Coshocton
2014 Sting 5k, Sidney
Inaugural Team Hope 5k Run/Walk to Cure Huntington's Disease, Cleveland
2014 Camp Kesem 5k, Columbus
6th Annual Run With Purpose 5k, Gahanna
2014 Dakota Center Healthy Living 5k, Dayton
2014 Off The Wall Ministry 5k, New Philadelphia
5th Annual Diamond Dash 5k, Zanesville
2nd Annual Spring for CommunityCare 5k Run & 3k Walk, Toledo

April 6
2014 Towpath Half Marathon & 5-miler, Peninsula
2014 Cardinal Pump & 5k Chase, Mentor
2014 Earth Day Challenge Half Marathon & 4-mile, Gambier
2014 In Step For Life 5k, Hillsboro
7th Annual Leslie E. Smith Memorial 5k, Dayton
6th Annual Victim Wellness Program 5k, Eaton
2014 Give Kids a Smile 5k, Columbus
2nd Annual Race to the MAX! 5k & 1-mile, Cleveland
2014 Race Against The Odds 5k, Wittenberg

April 9 Trail Race Series #4, Peninsula

April 11
2014 Glow4Goal 5k, Mayfield
2014 Reapers Run 5k, Springfield

April 12
Inaugural Hop for Hope 5k & 10k, Bath
5th Annual St. Albert's The Great Race, North Royalton
2nd We Pink We Can 5k for a Cure, Findlay
2014 Centerville Wellness 5k & 1-mile Walk for Health, Centerville
2014 Run for the Health of It 5k & 10k, Dayton
Inaugural Miracle Miles 5k, Springfield
2014 Color for Kids 5k, Oxford
2014 Habitat For Humanity 5k, Delaware
Inaugural Be Your Own Hero 5k, Cleveland
17th Annual Incline to the Finish Line, Cincinnati
2014 Power Run 5k, Roseville
2014 Run for our Children 5k & 1-mile, Hudson
2nd Annual IHM Mustang 5k &1-mile Walk, Cuyahoga Falls
2014 Hoover Hustle 5k, 10k & 10-miler, Westerville
2nd Annual Alex Miller 5k, Marietta
2014 Race To End Hunger 5k, New Albany
Inaugural GEMS Color Run, Cincinnati
25th Annual Run For The Kids 5k, Cleveland
2014 Funny Bunny Run 4-mile, Perry Township
2014 Booking It For Kids 5k, Grove City
4th Annual Black Squirrel 5k, Kent
2nd Annual Dr. John Hole Tiger Trot 5k, Centerville
2014 5k AIDS Benefit 5k Run/Walk, Dayton
2014 Glow in the Dark 5k, Payne
4th Annual A Run To Remember 5k, Sidney
Inaugural The City Run 5k, Chillicothe
2014 Jack Hazen Open 5k Pump and Run, Canton
2nd Annual Fight Like Mike 5k, Willoughby

April 13
2014 Spring Fun Run, North Canton
6th Annual Spring Into Health 5k, Kettering
2014 The Gauntlet Trail 5k, Springfield

April 19
2014 Bunny Run 5k & 1-mile, Hilliard
2014 Taking Strides for Prevention 5k Run/Walk, Miamisburg
3rd Annual On My Own Two Feet Marathon and Half Marathon, Kent
2014 Race for Grace, Lancaster
2014 Westerville Bunny Hop 5k, Westerville
2014 Sue Apple Memorial Festival 5k, Athens
2014 Pass the Peace 5k, Cardington
2014 Larry Beagle Memorial 5k, Arlington
2014 Sports and Fitness Club 5k, New Carlisle
7th Annual Tri-County Triangle Trail Half Marathon & 5k, Frankfort
2014 Bogsucker Strut 5k, Tallmadge
2014 Lake Band Easter 5k, Uniontown
2nd Annual Copley Speech & Debate 5k, Copley
2014 JROTC 5k, Bellbrook
2014 Bunny Hop 5k & 10k, Centerville
2014 Break Out Of The Bubble! 5k Run/Walk, East Cleveland
6th Annual Spring Fitness 5k, Newark
16th Annual Old Oak Run 5k & 1-mile, Middleburg Heights
2nd Annual Child Abuse Prevention 5k, Delaware
2014 AIDS Walk 5k, Columbus
2014 Heartland 5k, Lexington
Inaugural Pennies for Malisa 5k, Piqua

April 21
2014 Dyngus Day Run, Cleveland

April 23
2014 Earth Day Run 5k, Cleveland Heights

April 25
4th Annual Road Runner Run 5k & 1-mile, Hilliard
Inaugural Southdale Strong 5k, Kettering

April 26
10th Annual Cleveland Ten Miler, Cleveland
2014 Dayton Peace Accords 5k, Dayton
3rd Annual Step Up To Health 2-mile Run/Walk, Columbus
2014 Run4Refugees 5k, Westerville
3rd Annual Race to Eliminate Sexual Violence, Columbus
2014 5k Run/Walk for Autism Awareness, Moraine
2014 Redbud Trail Challenge 5k & 10k, Summerfield
2014 Ginghamsburg New Path 5k, Tipp City
2014 Race at the Rock 5k, Flat Rock
3rd Annual Columbus International 5k, Columbus
2014 Wildcat Run 5k, Canton
2014 Samaritan 5k, Ashland
2014 Harper Classic 5-miler & 5k, Dresden
3rd Annual River of Hope Ranch Trail 5k, Waynesville
13th Annual Rat Race 5k & 10k, Loveland
Walking to Stop Child Abuse 5k, Beavercreek
2nd Annual Marietta Mud Run, Marietta
10th Annual Pat Tillman’s Shadow Run, Columbus
2nd Annual Run4Beau 5k, Waverly
2014 Leadership Park Celebration 5k, Tiffin
3rd Annual Cougar Challenge 5k, Columbus
2014 Run Drugs Out of Town 5k, Marion
2014 Powell 5k, Powell
2014 White Hot 5k, Kent
2nd Annual Run for the Family 5k, Moraine

April 27
2nd Annual Race for Blue Pride 5k & 1-mile Walk, Brunswick
2014 Free Your Sole 5k, Dayton
3rd Annual Love a Stay Fur Fun 5k, Avon Lake
2014 Kokosing Miles Trail Running Festival 5k & 10k, Gambier
2014 Organ Donor Dash 5k, Delphos
2014 Glass City Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k, Toledo
Inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon & Half Marathon, Canton
3rd Annual Fishcreek Raccoon Run 5k, Stow
2014 Attack the Run & Have Some Fun 5k, Centerville
D-Feet Diabetes 5k, Mansfield
5th Annual Akita 5k, Columbus
2014 Glen Helen Earth Day Run 5k & 10k, Yellow Springs
2014 A Better World For Autism 5k, Worthington
2014 Run for Peace 5k, Cleveland
3rd Annual Healthy Solon Run For Wellness 5k, Solon


2014 Blue Streak Time Trial, Fairborn (04/09)


2014 LifeTime Fitness Indoor Triathlon, Easton (04/06)
9th Annual Miami University Triathlon & Duathlon, Oxford (04/12)
2014 Pro Life 5k/Cycle, Urbana (04/26)
2014 Wooster Duathlon, Wooster (04/26)
3rd Annual O'Bleness Race for a Reason Triathlon/Duathlon, Athens (04/26)
14th Annual Buzzard Duathlon/Biathlon & 3-mile Run, Hinckley (4/27)
2014 Greenswell Ohio Duathlon, Galloway (04/27)

Special Events

2014 1 Day for the KIA, Columbus (04/05 – 04/06)
2014 Great Amazing Race, Cincinnati (04/12)
2014 Color Blaze 5k, Canfield (04/12)
2014 Run or Dye 5k, Cleveland (04/19)
2014 UA Glow Run, Akron (4/26)

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 May for next month’s list of events.