For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (December)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! Now that we’ve given thanks, it’s time to hunker down. Most Ohioans will agree; the Holiday Season is the hardest time of the year to keep earnest with our diets. However, we here at have you covered. December holds a delightful array of ways to stay in shape as the winter winds begin to blow. Run for fun, race for health, or set yourself up for a fantastic 2012 by building healthy habits now.

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.


December 3

2011 Zaney Reindeer Run 5k and 1 mile, Zanesville (12/03/2011)
12th Annual Reindeer Run 5k, Lakewood (12/03/2011)
2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 5k, Dayton (12/03/2011)
2011 Run Over Cancer 5k, Sunbury (12/03/2011)
2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 5k, Columbus (12/03/2011)
2011 John Bryan 10 mile Trail Run, Yellow Springs (12/03/2011)
RCGC Anniversary Race 5k, Cincinnati (12/03/2011)
2011 Salt Fork Trail Challenge, Lore City (12/03/2011)
2011 Jingle Bell Jog 5k, Portsmouth (12/03/2011)
2011 Home for the Holidays 5k, Upper Sandusky (12/03/2011)
2011 Tour De Ashland Half Marathon & 5k, Ashland (12/03/2011)

December 4

6th Annual Run A Muck 5k, Delaware (12/04/2011)

December 10

2011 Running with the Santas 1 Mile Fun Run, Tremont (12/10/2011)
9th Annual Firefighter's Frozen 5k and 1 mile Fun Run, Niles (12/10/2011)
10th Annual Santa Run 5k, Xenia (12/10/2011)
2011 Trail Series Race #3, Munroe Falls (12/10/2011)
2011 Christmas Exchange 5k, Kettering (12/10/2011)
Inaugural Reindeer Run 5k, Powell (12/10/2011)
2011 Irish Ridge Night Run 4 mile Race, Corning (12/10/2011)

December 11

2011 Dublin Snowflake 5k, Dublin (12/11/2011)
2011 GAL'lop for Children 5k, Cleveland (12/11/2011)

December 17

2011 Charles Mill Lifesaver 5k & 10k, Mansfield (12/17/2011)
Inaugural Santa Hustle 5k, Indianapolis (12/17/2011)

December 31

2011 Running in the New Year 5k, Granville (12/31/2011)
2011 Great New Years Eve Race 5k, Stow (12/31/2011)


2011 Kings CX Weekend, Cincinnati (12/03 – 12/04/2011)
2011 Southwest Ohio Indoor Time Trial Series, Centerville (12/12/2011)

Special Events

The Turkey Buster Rogaine 2011, Athens (12/10/2011)

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 January for next month’s list of events.