For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (April)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! April showers bring May flowers and a whole lot of summer fun. An unseasonably warm winter has left us itching for summer excitement. It’s time to get out there and enjoy the spring, Ohio. April offers up a heaping helping of Buckeye Betterment budding with excitement. Finally run that elusive 5k or fine-tune your skills for the upcoming marathon season. April also kicks off triathlon, biking, and hiking season. Start the warmer weather season off right with some help from your friends here at

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
3rd Annual Aids Awareness 5k, Dayton
2012 Cancer Connection of NW Ohio 5k, Toledo
45th Annual Athens Marathon & Half Marathon, Athens
4th Annual April Fool's Day 5k, Miamisburg
Inaugural You'd Have to be a Fool 5k, Oregon
Inaugural Lima Half Marathon, Lima
2012 Towpath Half Marathon, Cleveland
2012 Cincinnati Gorilla Run 5k, Cincinnati

April 7
14th Annual Make a Difference... Save a Life! 5k Race/Walk, Dayton
2012 4 Paws for 2 Brothers Pet Friendly 5k, Huber Heights
2012 Bunny Run, Columbus
5th Annual Community 5k, Heath
2012 Go the Distance...5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run, Marion
2012 Hippity Hop 5k Trail Run, Greenville
2012 Bogsucker Strut 5k, Twinsburg
2012 Walk & Run for the Kids 5k, Cleveland
4 Life Give Back 5k for Salvation Army, Portsmouth

April 13
Inaugural BGSU Falcon 5-Miler, Bowling Green

April 14
2nd Annual Centerville Wellness 5k, Centerville
6th Annual Bridges to Recovery 5k Run/Walk, Lakewood
2012 Just a Run in the Park 5k, Akron
2012 Dayton Donut Dash 5k, Dayton
2012 Run For Your Life! 5k & 1-mile Fun Run, Berea
2nd Annual 5k/10k Run for the Health of It, Oakwood
2nd Annual Black Squirrel 5k, Kent
3rd Annual Akita 5k Race & Family Fun Run, Columbus
2012 Springfield-Clark CTC Path to Success 5k, Springfield
Inaugural Race to Eliminate Sexual Violence 5k, Cincinnati
2012 Larry Beagle Memorial 5k, Arlington
Inaugural Amy's Fight Against Lymphoma 5k, Marysville
2012 Teaghlaigh 5k, Dayton
2012 Tough Mudder, South Amherst

April 15
2012 Great Amazing Race, West Chester
4th Annual Spring into Health 5k, Kettering
2012 Forget the PR Mohican 50k & 25k, Loudonville
Inaugural Healthy Solon 5k Run For Awareness, Solon
2012 In Step For Life 5k Run/Walk, Hillsboro
*2012 Union Hospital Run for Home Half Marathon & Relays, New Philadelphia
5th Annual Physicians Free Clinic 5k Fun Run, Columbus

April 18
2012 Earth Day Run 5k, Cleveland Heights
4th Annual PTAT Club 5k, Ashtabula

April 21
Inaugural Eastway Behavioral Healthcare 5k Run/Walk for Special Olympics, Dayton
2nd Annual Glen Helen Earth Day 5k Run/Walk, Yellow Springs
2012 Bulldog 5k Run/Walk for Hope, Lithopolis
2012 Run with the Stars 5k, Ashland
Inaugural Giving Hope...Making Miracles 5k, Columbus
2012 Incline to the Finish Line 5k, Cincinnati
11th Annual Powell Spring 5k, Powell
14th Annual Southwest General's Old Oak Run 5k & 1-mile, Middleburg Heights
4th Annual Eagles on Foot 5k & 1-mile Walk, Lakewood
3rd Annual Diamond Dash 5k Run/Mile Walk, Zanesville
2012 St. Joseph's Consolidated School Jog n Jam 5k, Hamilton
4th Annual Spring Fitness 5k, Newark
2012 Rush for a Cause 5k & 10k, Brecksville
40th Annual Cleveland Spring Classic, Strongsville
2012 5k for Cancer, Akron
3rd Annual Sprint For Spring 5k, London
2012 Hope Fest 5k, Circleville
5th Annual Tri-County Triangle Trail Half Marathon & 5k, Frankfort
2012 Kilometers 4 Kamp 5k, Xenia
2012 Put Some Spring into Your Step! 5k, Kettering
2012 Irish Ridge Trail Run, Coming
*2012 Run to the Beach Half Marathon, 5k and Relays, Akron

April 22
12th Annual Spring Valley Academy 4-mile Run and 1-Mile Fun Run, Centerville
11th Annual Kevin J. Mullin Memorial 5k, Lancaster
2nd Annual The Greyt Race, Rocky River
2nd Annual Fleet Feet 5k, Pepper Pike
2012 Wellness in the Woods: Glacier Ridge 10k, 5k & 2-mile, Plain City
6th Ever Earth Day Challenge Marathon & Half Marathon, Gambier
36th Annual Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon, Toledo
2012 Viking Victory Run 5k & Kids Fun Run, North Canton
2012 Garret Loiselle Memorial Scholarship 5k, Dayton

April 27
2012 NAHS Peace Week Anti-Bully Run/Walk, New Albany

April 28
2nd Annual Holzer Heart Run/Walk 5k, Gallipolis
Inaugural River of Hope Ranch 5k Trail Run/Walk, Waynesville
2012 Walk-Run 4 Autism Awareness 5k, Moraine
2012 New Path 5k Run, Tipp City
3rd Annual Licking Valley 5k, Newark
2012 Home Run for the Homeless 5k, Avon
Inaugural Sells 5k Run, Dublin
2012 April RAINN 4.5-mile Trail Run, Peninsula
7th Annual Dayton Peace Accords 5k Run/Walk, Dayton
8th Annual Cleveland Ten-Miler, Cleveland
2012 Jason Breyman Memorial 5k, Arcadia
2012 Dash for Dobes 5k, Columbus
2012 Warm Up 4 Relay 4-mile Run/Walk, Marysville
2012 Columbus State Cougar Challenge 5k, Columbus
2nd Annual Roadrunner Run5k & 1-mile, Hilliard
2012 Race at the Rock 4-mile & 1-mile Run, Flat Rock
6th Annual Power House 5k, Whitehouse
2012 First Step Run/Walk 5k, Coshocton

April 29
Inaugural Love A Stray 5kFur Fun Run & Dog Walk, Avon Lake
Inaugural WhiteHot 5k, Kent
2012 Run the Res 5k & 10k, Fostoria
Inaugural Fishcreek Raccoon Run 5k, Stow
2012 Running with the Buckeyes 5k, Columbus
30th Annual Forest City Road Races Half Marathon, 10k, & 5k, London
4th Annual Emily's Rainbow Run & Family Walk, Westlake
Play 60 Super School Race to the Bus 5k, Parma Heights
3rd Annual Blaze the Trail 5k, Columbus
5th Annual City2City 5k, Cleveland


April 15
2012 Medina Masters Sprint Spectacular, Medina

April 1
2012 Columbus Indoor Triathlon, Columbus

April 22
2012 University of Akron Sprint Triathlon, Akron

April 28
2012 Ride for the Red, Bellfontaine

April 29
2012 Greenswell: Darby "Spring for SIDS" Duathlon, Galloway


April 1
2012 OSRS #3 Harrison's Tomb, North Bend

April 14
2012 OSRS #4 Germantown, Germantown

April 21
2012 OSRS #5 Lynchburg, Lynchburg

*denotes Subway Challenge Series event

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.