For A Better Buckeye (December 2014)

Chad W. Lutz
​Attention Athletes! It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's also the most difficult time to stay in shape. Holiday get togethers, cold weather, high winds, and national holidays close rec centers, close roads, and make slipping away for a few moments to exercise almost impossible. Keyword: almost. It's time to swim, cycle, and run those holiday pounds away.

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 6
2014 Ohio Outside Fall Trail Series #3, Munroe Falls
2014 Reindeer Run 5k, Powell
2014 Santa Race & Little Reindeer Dash, Gahanna
Inaugural Jingle Bell Jog 5k, Mantua
11th Annual Holly Jolly 5k & 10k Run, Piqua
2014 Home for the Holidays 5k, Upper Sandusky
2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k, Columbus
6th Annual Santa's Spirit Sprint, Barnesville
2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k, Maumee
2014 The Holly Run, Akron
2014 Jolly Jingle 5k, Minerva
8th Annual Tour de Ashland Half Marathon, Relays & 5k, Ashland
2014 Decemburrr Dash Run/Walk, Columbus
2nd Annual Reindeer Run for KIDS, Athens
2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k, Dayton
2014 A Christmas Story 5k & 10k, Cleveland
December 7
15th Annual Reindeer Run 5k & Dasher Dash, Lakewood
2014 Santa's Speedo Dash 5k & 1k, Columbus
2014 Topo Trail Marathon, Bethel
37th Annual 7 Hills Run/Walk, Cincinnati
December 13
2014 Santa Shuffle, Cleveland
2014 Frostbite 5k, Bowling Green
2014 Topo Trail Series #1, Bethel
2014 Lifesaver 5k & 10k, Mansfield
2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k, Cincinnati/Covington
2014 Firefighter's Frozen 5k, Niles
2014 NC4K Reindeer 5k, Reynoldsburg
2nd Annual Frosty Frolic 5k, Canton
December 14
6th Annual Holiday Run 4-miler, Westerville
Inaugural Polar Express 5k, Millersburg
3rd Annual Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5k, Sandusky
2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Cleveland
December 20
17th Annual Noel Run 5k, Cincinnati
December 27
2014 Topo Trail Series #2, Bethel
December 31
2014 12.31 5k Run, Springfield
2014 Resolution Run 5k, Beavercreek
2014 Great New Year's Eve Race, Stow
Inaugural Rockin' New Year's Eve 5k, Centerville 
2014 Southwest Ohio Indoor Time Trial, Centerville (12/14)
2014 Naughty or Nice Indoor Tri, Springboro (12/06)
Special Events
2nd Annual Arctic Dash, Oregonia (12/06)
2014 High Mileage Club, Ohio (12/31)


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 for next month’s list of events.