For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (April)

Chad W.Lutz
Attention Athletes! It’s officially April. The winter months have come and gone and now we bid a warm welcome to the summer sunshine well on its way. This month’s list of Buckeye Betterment features Earth Day activities and enough 5k’s to satisfy even the most avid runners for life. Be sure to check out the links below for more information on a plethora of Ohio born athletic events sure to get you hopping with excitement towards your current health and fitness goals.

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.


3rd Annual April Fool's Day 5k, Miamisburg (04/01/2011)
2011 K of C 5k Run/Walk, Gahanna (04/02/2011)
13th Annual Make A Difference Save A Life 5k, Dayton (04/02/2011)
1st Annual Black Squirrel 5k, Kent (04/02/2011)
2nd Annual Saint Albert's the Great Race 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run, Cleveland (04/02/2011)
44th Annual Athens Marathon & Half Marathon, Athens (04/03/2011)
44th Annual ORRRC Marathon & Half Marathon, Xenia (04/03/2011)
Inaugural Towpath Half Marathon & 5 Miler, Cleveland (04/03/2011)
7th Annual Run for Your Life 5k, Berea (04/09/2011)
2011 Sexual Awareness Month 5k, Bowling Green (04/09/2011)
2011 Run To The Beach 5k, Akron (04/09/2011)
2nd Annual Dam Fool 5 Miler, Delaware (04/09/2011)
2011 Tin Man 10k & 5k, West Jefferson (04/09/2011)
9th Annual Jog Into Spring 5k & 1 Mile, Independence (04/09/2011)
Inaugural Project Congo 5k, Dayton (04/09/2011)
Inaugural Garret Loiselle Memorial 5k, Dayton (04/10/2011)
3rd Annual Emily's Rainbow Run and Fun Walk, Westlake (04/10/2011)
4th Annual City2City 5k, Cleveland (04/10/2011)
2nd Annual Kevin Mullin Memorial 5k Run/Walk, Columbus (04/10/2011)
11th Annual Blaze the Trail 5k, Columbus (04/10/2011)
Run To Empower 5k, Columbus (04/16/2011)
2011 Homes for Haiti 5k, Plain City (04/16/2011)
2nd Annual Akita 5k Race and Fun Run, Upper Arlington (04/16/2011)
Run For Shelter 5k, Cincinnati (04/16/2011)
Inuagural Kilometers 4 Camp 5k, Xenia (04/16/2011)
30th Annual Southwest General's Old Oak Run 5k & 1 Mile, Middleburg Heights (04/16/2011)
4th Annual Tri-County Triangle Trail Half Marathon & 5k, Frankfort (04/16/2011)
2011 AIDS Awareness 5k, Dayton (04/17/2011)
32nd Annual Redbrick 5k Run, Miami (04/17/2011)
35th Annual Glass City Marathon, Toledo (04/17/2011)
2011 Spirit Sprint 5k Run/Walk, Columbus (04/17/2011)
2011 Hoover Hustle 10k & 5k, Westerville (04/17/2011)
Running Wyld 5k, Athens (04/17/2011)
2011 Wellness in the Woods 2 Mile & 5k, Westerville (04/17/2011)
Inaugural Run at the Roo 5k, Akron (04/17/2011)
14th Annual St. Joseph Home 5k Run/Walk, Cincinnati (04/23/2011)
6k Run for Water, Cincinnati (04/23/2011)
Holzer Heart Run& Walk 10k, 5k, and 1 Mile, Gallipolis (04/23/2011)
3rd Annual Run It Forward 5k, Cincinnati (04/23/2011)
Run Wild! 5k Earth Day Celebration, Troy (04/23/2011)
Bunny Hop 5k Presented By St. Ann's Hospital, Westerville (04/23/2011)
2011 Beer Mug 5k & 10k, Hilliard (04/30/2011)
April RAINN Trail Run 4.5 Miler, Peninsula (04/30/2011)
2011 Hand Me Down Dobes 5k, Powell (04/30/2011)
13th Annual Eco Thon Run at the Wilds 10k & 5k Trail Races, Cumberland (04/30/2011)
6th Annual Peace Accords 5k Run/Walk, Dayton (04/30/2011)
Cincinnati Flying Pig 10k & 5k, Cincinnati (04/30/2011)
2011 Bulldog 5k Run/Walk for the Ribbon, Carroll (04/30/2011)


Hueston Woods Road Race, College Corner (04/03/2011)
Vandervorts Corner Road Race, Clarksville (04/10/2011)
Spring Valley Road Race, Spring Valley (04/17/2011)
2011 Michelob Training Criterium, Xenia (04/12, 04/19, 04/26/2011)
Mitchell Memorial Road Race, Cincinnati (04/23/2011)
Races at the Lake, Munroe Falls (04/23/2011 & 04/30/2011)


Summit County Metro Parks Quarry and Towpath Extended Hikes, Akron (04/09/2011)
Summit County Metro Parks Hike and Breakfast, Akron (04/16/2011)
Summit County Metro Parks Earth Week Hike, Akron (04/19/2011)

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’s athletic endeavors and be sure to check back in May for next month’s list of events.