For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (December 2013)

(Lutz 2011)
Attention…everyone! It’s (the time of) the season to treat your body the kindest. The winter weather already puts you at a disadvantage; cold temperatures, high winds, snow, sleet. The seasonal tundra outside represents one giant excuse to stay in bed and forget you ever bought that gym membership; especially the day after holiday parties and family get togethers. But, we have faith. We think you can ignore your third-cousin’s banana pound cake this year, and committing to a 5k or swim meet may just help you avoid those inevitable diet pratfalls during the holiday season. And, when you get right down to it, you ignore family all year, what are a few more solid efforts really going to hurt?

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.

Sunday, December 1
36th Annual Seven Hills Run, Cincinnati

Saturday, December 7
14th Annual Reindeer Run 5k, Lakewood
2013 Bigfoot 50k and 10-mile Trail Race, Cambridge
2013 Jingle Bell Run, Dayton
5th Annual Santa Spirit Sprint 1-mile, Barnesville
Inaugural Light Up The Night 5k, Union City
Inaugural A Christmas Story Run 5k & 10k, Cleveland
2013 Between The Lakes 5k, Akron
10th Annual Holly Jolly 5k, Piqua
Inaugural Reindeer Run for KIDS, Athens
2013 Ohio Outside Trail Series #3, Munroe Falls
2013 Artic Dash 5k, Oregonia
7th Annual Tour De Ashland Half Marathon & 5k, Ashland
2013 Home for the Holidays 5k, Upper Sandusky
2013 Topo Trail Series #1, Bethel
2013 Powell Reindeer Run 5k, Powell
2013 Candlelight 5k & 10k, Granville
2013 Jingle Bell Run, Maumee

Sunday, December 8
5th Annual Rudolph Run 5k, Westerville
2013 Jingle Bell Run 5k, Cleveland
13th Annual GALlop for Children 5k & 1/2 Mile, Cleveland

Saturday, December 14
2013 Firefighters' Frozen 5-mile, Niles
2013 Santa Shuffle 5k, Cleveland
12th Annual Women's Recovery Center Santa Run 5k, Xenia
2013 Frosty Frolic 5k, Canton
2nd Annual Santa Speedo Dash 5k, Columbus
Inaugural Race for Rick 5k, New Carlisle
6th Annual Rudolph's Run 5k, Toledo
16th Annual Noel Run 5k, Milford

Sunday, December 15
2nd Annual Santa Hustle 5k & Half Marathon, Sandusky

Saturday, December 21
2013 iBelieve 5k & 10k Trail Race & 1-mile Youth Run, Peninsula
Inaugural Selfless Elf Run 5k, Akron

Sunday, December 29
2013 December Dash & Movie, Toledo

Tuesday, December 31
13th Annual Midnight Run 5k, Whitehouse
28th Annual New Year's Resolution Run 5k, Beavercreek
2013 Great New Year's Eve Run 5k, Stow
The 12.31 Race 2013, Springfield


WAC Katy Callard Memorial Distance Meet, Westerville (12/1)
2013 BGSU Holiday Invitational, Bowling Green (12/7 – 12/8)
2013 WTRC Sharks Winter Invitational, Centerville (12/7 – 12/8)
MAKOS Little Elves Spirit Classic, Hamilton (12/8)
2013 NAAP Penguin Plunge December B Meet, Pickerington (12/8)
2013 GCST Salvatoin Army Holiday Cheer Invitational, Gahanna (12/13 – 12/15)
2013 MAKOS Speedo Holiday Spirit Classic, Hamilton (12/13 – 12/15)
MAST December Invitational, Milford (12/14 – 12/15)
2013 CAC Distance Meet, Cincinnati (12/21)
2013 RAYS IMX Meet, Mason (12/22)


2013 Team Dayton Southwest Ohio Indoor Time Trial, Centerville (12/15)

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 January (is it 2014 already?) for next month’s list of events.