For Your Health

​For A Better Buckeye (April 2015)

Chad W. Lutz
​Attention Athletes! The vernal equinox should do just that; equalize the anxieties winter brings. Find your stride and get back out there with any number of events taking place across Ohio throughout the month of April. Even if you haven't been braving the snow and cold to train for a spring race, there are still plenty of ways to challenge yourself. It's spring. Be hopeful. Be joyous. Be light on your feet and healthy.

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
2015 April Fool's Day 5k, Chillicothe
7th Annual Miamisburg April Fool's Day 5k, Miamisburg
April 3
2015 Good Friday 5k, Lima
April 4
2015 Bunny Fun Runs & 5k, Hilliard
2nd Annual Iron Furnace Trail Run Half Marathon & 4.5-miler, McArthur
2015 Epiphany Lutheran Bunny Hop 5k, Washington Township
17th Annual Make a Difference...Save a Life 5k, Dayton
2015 Westerville Bunny Hop 5k, Westerville
2015 The Sting 5k, Sidney
2015 5k for Outreach, Cincinnati
April 10
2nd Annual Glow4Goal 5k, Mayfield
2015 Race for Grace 5k, Germantown
April 11
3rd Annual Child Abuse Prevention 5k, Powell
2015 Colon Cancer Alliance Undy Run/Walk, Cleveland
2nd Annual The City Run, Chillicothe
2nd Annual Hop for Hope 5k, Bath
3rd Annual Fight Like Mike 5k, Willoughby
2015 Just a Half-Mile More 5k Run/Hike, Bellbrook
2015 Meters for Mozart 5k, Fairfield
2015 Sole to Soul 5k, Bryan
2015 Spring Dash 5k, Westerville
5th Annual A Run To Remember 5k, Sidney
2015 I Can 5k, New Albany
3rd Annual Wayne Trace Glow in the Dark 5k, Haviland
3rd Annual Spring for CommunityCare 5k Run & 3-mile Walk, Toledo
Newton Elementary PTO 5k, Utica
3rd Annual Wildcat 5k, Finneytown
3rd Annual SOAR 5k, Plain City
2015 NPsire Race to Heal 5k, Columbus
2nd Annual Funny Bunny 4-mile, Canton
2nd Annual Run for Refugees 5k, Columbus
2nd Annual Wild Cat Dash 5k, Galena
2nd Annual Tiger Trot 5k, Centerville
3rd Annual NSSLHA on the Run 5k, Oxford
2015 One Day for the K.I.A. 24-hour Endurance Run, Columbus
April 12
2015 Going the Extra Smile 5k, Toledo
6th Annual Spring Into Health 5k, Kettering
8th Annual Run for Home Half Marathon, New Philadelphia
2015 Break Out of the Bubble Run/Walk 5k, Cleveland
2015 20 & 10-mile Drop, Fairport Harbor
2015 Scioto Miles Training Series #2, Columbus 
2015 The Gauntlet Trail 5k, Springfield
4th Annual Black Squirrel 5k, Kent
10th Annual Matt's 5k Pursuit, Cincinnati
2015 Towpath Trail Half Marathon, 5-mile & 3-mile, Peninsula
2015 Bexley FTK 5k, Bexley  
April 18
8th Annual Tri-County Trail Half Marathon & 5k, Frankfort
2015 The C-Ville 5k, Clintonville
2015 Larry Beagle Memorial 5k, Arlington
2015 Celebrate Teaching 5k, Lewis Center
Inaugural Holi 5k, Springboro
2015 Heart of Ohio Fashion Dash 5k, Lexington
2015 Harper Classic, Dresden
2015 Centerville Wellness 5k, Centerville
2015 Children's Free Care 5k, Wadsworth
Inaugural Leaders of Hope 5k, Bellefontaine
2015 AIDS Walk Ohio 5k, Columbus
2nd Annual Taking Strides for Prevention 5k, Miamisburg
2014 5k Power Run, Duncan Falls
2015 Dirty Bird Trail Run 15k, 5k & 1-mile, Wooster
2015 Camp Marengo 5k Road Race & 10k Trail Race, Marengo
2015 God's Hands at Work 5k, Rio Grande
3rd Annual Run4Beau 5k, Waverly
2015 Super Hero Donut 5k, Centerville
2015 Race to the Max 5k, Cleveland
34th Annual Old Oak Run, Middleburg Heights
2015 One Way 5k, Lebanon
6th Annual Spring Fitness 5k, Newark
4th Annual Solon 5k & Kid's Wild Run, Solon
2015 Emilie's Race, Walk & Roll 5k, Mason
4th Annual Cougar Challenge 5k, Gahanna
4th Annual WhiteHot 5k, Kent
7th Annual Eagles on Foot 5k, Lakewood
2015 Das Rennen Bach 5k, Berea
6th Annual Children's Charity Chase, Cincinnati
2015 Sports and Fitness Club 5k, New Carlisle
2015 Spartan Saturday Night Fever 5k, Conneaut
Inaugural Nucor 5k for Earth Day, Caledonia
Inaugural Optimus Prosthetics 5k, Dayton
April 19
6th Annual Running with the Buckeyes 5k, Columbus
2015 Running with the Knights 5k, Cincinnati
3rd Annual Emily's Rainbow Run 5k, Westlake
9th Annual Earth Day Challenge Half Marathon & 4-mile, Gambier
Inaugural Spring in the Park Women's 10k, Fairview Park
2015 AIDS Walk 5k, Dayton
2015 Knight Way 5k, Macedonia
4th Annual Race to Eliminate Sexual Violence 5k, Bexley
2015 Glen Helen 5k & 10k Earth Day Run/Walk, Yellow Springs
2015 Dirt Days Trail Series: Ault Park Switchback, Cincinnati
2015 Run, Baby, Run 5k, Lucas
2015 Hoover Hustle 5k, 10k & 10-mile, Westerville
7th Annual Preble County Victim Witness Program 5k, Eaton
2015 Give Kids a Smile 5k, Columbus
2015 OSU Pharmathon 5k, Columbus
April 22
2015 Earth Day Run 5k, Cleveland Heights
April 23
2015 Ginghamsburg New Path 5k, Tipp City
April 25
Inaugural Sophia's Smile 5k & 1-mile, Spencer
2015 Samaritan Regional Hospital 5k, Ashland
3rd Annual FORT 5k, Kettering
11th Annual Hermes Cleveland 10-miler, Cleveland
2015 5k for K-9 Cancer, Westerville
14th Annual Rat Race 5k & 10k, Loveland
2015 Run for the Health of It 5k & 10k, Dayton
2015 Live Long Lyndhurst Egg Run, Lyndhurst
Inaugural OPEN M 5k, Akron  
2015 Superhero C.A.P.E. Walk 5k, Beavercreek
4th Annual Dash 4 Dignity 5k, Middleburg Heights
5th Annual Run for the Red 5k, Lorain
2015 St. Vincent de Paul Spring 5k Run/Walk, Dayton
2nd Annual Outrun Hunger 5k, Plymouth
10th Annual Race at the Rock 4-mile & 1-mile, Bellevue
2015 Run like it's Recess 5k, Aurora
2015 Run Drugs Out of Town 5k, Marion
5k Run/Walk for Autism Awareness, Moraine
2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis 5k, Columbus
2015 Project Woman 5k Run/Walk, Springfield
4th Annual Columbus International 5k, Columbus
14th Annual Powell Spring 5k, Powell
6th Annual Akita 5k, Columbus
April 26
2nd Annual Hall of Fame Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k, Canton
2015 Skeeter Stomp 5k & 1-mile, Westerville
Inaugural Abe Weinrib Memorial 5k, Columbus
2015 Runs Better Unleaded 5k, Cleveland
2015 FCA Champions 5k, Marysville
2015 Maple Festival Sap Run 5-mile & 1-mile, Chardon
3rd Annual Race for Brunswick Pride 5k & 1-mile, Brunswick
2015 Free Your Sole 5k & 10k Run/Walk, Dayton
2015 MommyMile 5k, Columbus
2015 Joseph House 5k, Hamilton
4th Annual Fishcreek Raccoon 5k & 1-mile Fun Run, Stow
2015 D-Feet Diabetes 5k, Mansfield
2015 OutRun Autism 5k, Westerville
Inaugural Ohana Fun Run 5k, Delaware
4th Annual Love-a-Stray Fur Fun 5k, Avon Lake
2015 Run for Riley 5k, Mentor 

2015 Blue Streak Time Trial, Fairborn (04/08)
4th Annual OhioHealth O'Bleness Triathlon/Duathlon, Athens (04/25)
Inaugural Coffman YMCA Indoor Triathlon, Springboro (04/25)
15th Annual Buzzard Duathlon/Biathlon & 3-mile, Hinckley (04/26)  
2015 Life Time Indoor Triathlon Series #2, Deerfield Township/Dublin (04/26)
Special Events
2015 UA Glow Run 5k, Akron (04/10)
Inaugural The Super Run 5k, Cincinnati (04/18)
2015 GlowBash 5k, Cincinnati (04/25)

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 May for next month’s list of events.