For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (July 2013)

Chad W. Lutz

Attention Athletes! Ring in America's 237th birthday looking like you swim the Ohio daily (Although we wouldn't recommend it).We all know being active in the summer heat isn’t always the most exciting thing to get up for, but it sure beats the ice and snow. Use our Ohio race calendar to find the perfect event or events to get you motivated and one giant step ahead of the winter body blues and maintain that summer sizzle as we roll headlong into the warmest days on the calendar.

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.


July 3
2013 Moraine Pre-Boom Bash 5k, Moraine
6th Annual AHS 5k Victory Run, Arcanum

July 4
2013 Run For Freedom 10k & 5k, Hilliard
2013 Independence Day 5k, Independence
6th Annual Birthday Bash & Dash 5k, Avon Lake
2013 Vandalia Freedom Run/Walk 5k, Vandalia
35th Annual Firecracker Run, Stow
36th Annual July 4th Race, North Canton
2013 John Barr Bexley 4th of July Run, Bexley
17th Annual Jackson County Freedom Festival 5k, Jackson
38th Annual Twin Sizzler, Medina
2013 Americana 5k, Centerville
2013 Wapakoneta Firecracker 5k, Wapakoneta
7th Annual Run 4 Home 5k, Lebanon
2013 5k Run for Liberty!, Liberty Township
2013 Westerville Rotary 5k, Westerville
29th Annual July 4th Fun Run 5k and 1-mile, Aurora
3rd Annual Blast in the Park 5k, Fredericktown
2013 Rocket Man 5k & 10k, Loveland
38th Annual Bay Days 5-Miler, Bay Village
34th Annual Run Through The Hills 5k, Worthington
2013 Firecracker 5k & 1-mile Stroller Derby Fun Run/Walk, Ashtabula
13th Annual Freedom Run 5k, Lima

July 6
3rd Annual Run For Pierogies 5k, Parma
Inaugural A&W 20-miler, Ashland
2013 5k on the Lake, Lakeview
2013 Mardi Gras 5k, Fairport Harbor
2013 Mike Shuma Healthy Heart 5k Run/Walk, Toronto
5th Annual Run for Recovery 5k, Troy
2013 AMTEK Tree City 5k, Kent

July 7
3rd Annual Greyt Race 5k, Rocky River
24th Annual Debbie Hudacko Memorial Hat Trick Run and Walk, Mayfield Heights
2013 Freedom Run 5k and Mutt Strut, Chagrin Falls

July 12
2013 Lei 5k Run/Walk, West Chester

July 13
2013 Hero Run 5k, Columbus
12th Annual JCM Refuse to Lose 5k, Hudson
2013 Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5k, Lakewood
2013 Feet on the Street 5k, Bowling Green
2013 Midwest Reggae Fest 5k Reggae Run, Cleveland
2013 Camp Mowana Run Through The Pines 5k, Mansfield
2013 Bec's Bunch Remembrance 5k, Vandalia
2013 Dayton Dragons 5k, Dayton
7th Annual Blazin' Race 5k, Bryan
2013 Buckeye Trail 50k, Brecksville
2013 Hotter than Haiti 5k, Springboro
2013 Kerstetter 5k, Elyria
3rd Annual Cam & Sue's CANCERSUCKS 5k, Nelsonville
2013 Woodbury 5k, Mount Gilead
2013 Piqua Optimist 5k, Piqua
2013 Lion's Club Spectacle 4-miler, Mansfield
2nd Annual 5k for Relay, Pataskala
2nd Annual Escape on the Lake 5k, Cleveland
2013 Historic Kirtland 5k, Kirtland
2013 Darby Creek Trail Run, Galloway
3rd Annual Andrea Teodosio 5k, Akron
2013 Gordon Square Run and Walk, Cleveland

July 14
6th Annual Mayor Alai's 5k & 1-mile Walk for Health and Wellness, Broadview Heights
Inaugural Robert J. Martin Memorial 5k, Cleveland
Inaugural Cleveland FANtastic 4-miler, Cleveland
2013 Sunrise 5-mile Run/2-mile Walk, Painesville
2013 St. Joseph Festival 5k, Randolph

July 18
2013 Take Back the Night 5k, Sidney

July 19
2013 World Famous Pig Run 5k & 5-miler, Columbus
2nd Annual New Victory Run, Tipp City
2013 White Star 5k, Tiffin
2013 Rock The Lock 5k, Akron

July 20
2013 Miamisburg Lions Cross Country 5k, Miamisburg
10th Annual Winking Lizard "A Shot in the Dark", Cleveland
2013 Castalia Cold Creek Celebration 5k, Castalia
14th Annual Jenny Evans Road Race 5k, Fairfield
2013 Bean Days 5k, Montpelier
2013 Run of the Ox 5k, Mantua
3rd Annual Luau 5k Run, Sharonville
2013 Falcon Football 5k, Mansfield
24th Annual Run for Shelter 5k, Piketon
24th Annual Fairborn 5k, Fairborn
2013 Gary Jordan Wellington Cheese Fest 5k & 10k, Wellington
32nd Annual Lodi Sweet Corn Run 5k, Lodi
2013 Indian Hills Trail Run Adventure, Ashtabula
2nd Annual Grocery Bag Ministry 5k, Salem
3rd Annual Strongsville Cleveland Clinic Race for Wellness 5k, Strongsville
2013 Run to the Moon 5k, 10k & 1-mile, Wapakoneta
2nd Annual Dirty Dog Run, Walk, or Wash 5k, Avon Lake

July 21
37th Annual Johnny Cake Jog 5-miler, Painesville
18th Annual Dirt Days Trail Series: East Fork Lake, Bethel
2013 Derby Downs 5k, Akron

July 25
2013 Pickaway County Suicide Prevention Coalition 5k, Circleville

July 26
4th Annual Friday Night Lights 5k, Mentor

July 27
2nd Annual Flippin’ 5k XC Run, Marion
5th Annual 5k Run/Walk for Hope, Sandusky
2013 Swamp Romp 5k, Kettering
2013 Fireman's Memorial 5k, New Bremen
23rd Annual Brookville 5-mile Picnic Run, Brookville
6th Annual PNAA/PNAAF 5k, Cleveland
2013 Tigertown 5000, Liberty City
2013 Racin' in Mason Summer Classic 5k, Mason
4th Annual Forest Hill Thunder Run 5k, Cleveland Heights
2013 Miles for Mark 5k, Centerville
2013 Run for Their Lives 5k, Bellefontaine
2013 Farmington 5k, West Farmington
4th Annual Patriot 5k, Dayton
2013 Amish Buggy Classic 5k, Middlefield
4th Annual Wigs for Kids 5k, Cleveland
2013 Run for Hope 5k, Auburn
2013 Jack Patterson 5k Memorial Run, North Baltimore
4th Annual SIDS Awareness 5k, Columbus
2nd Annual Team Hope Walk and 5k, Hillard
2013 Dr. Bender XC Classic 5k, Canal Winchester
5th Annual Beulah Beach 5k, Vermilion
2013 UH Ahuja 5k Memorial Run/Walk, Streetsboro
2013 United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival 5k, Dayton
2013 Burning River 100-mile Endurance Run, Cleveland – Akron (July 27 – 28)

July 28
2013 Ohio State Fair 5k, Columbus
2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k, Akron
2013 Stillwater Prairie Reserve 5k & 10k, Covington
2013 Wakeman Fireman's Festival 5k, Wakeman
B'nai B'rith Health Run 5k, University Heights


2013 Vandalia Freedom Bike Tour, Dayton (07/04/2013)
2013 Blue Streak Time Trials, Dayton (07/10/2013)
2013 TK Hausfeld Ride For Life, Dayton (07/27/2013)
2013 Ride 4 thEM, Andover (07/27/2013)
2013 UD to ND Ride for Life, Dayton (07/31 – 08/03/2013)


2013 Lil' STARS Triathlon, Springfield (07/06/2013)
27th Annual NCN Summer Triathlon/Duathlon, Lorain (07/07/2013)
2013 Miamisburg Triathlon, Miamisburg (07/13/2013)
2013 One Heart/Two Souls Youth Triathlon, Minster (07/14/2013)
2013 Speedy Feet Wednesday Night Triathlon Series #3, Waynesville (07/17/2013)
2013 White Star Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon, Tiffin (07/20/2013)
2013 Holmes County Triathlon, Millersburg (07/20/2013)
2013 NCN Huntington Triathlon/Duathlon 2, Bay Village (07/21/2013)
2013 Troy Kid's Triathlon, Troy (07/21/2013)
2013 Preble County YMCA Triathlon, Eaton (07/27/2013)
2013 Kids Fun in the Sun Triathlon, Kettering (07/28/2013)
2013 Towpath Trail Y Duathlon/Biathlon & 5k Run, Navarre (07/28/2013)


36th Annual Peppe-Bruce Memorial Invitational, Columbus (07/05 – 07/07)
2013 BSC Summer B Meet, Athens (07/07)
2013 CM Championship Qualifier Meet, Cincinnati (07/09)
2013 Speedo Central Zone Section 3 Meet, Oxford (07/22 – 07/25)

Special Events

Inaugural Drenched 5k, Columbus (07/06/2013)
2nd Annual Color Run, Columbus (07/20/2013)
2013 Hero Rush, Hartville (07/27/2013)
2013 Mud Ninja Adventure Run, South Salem (07/27 – 07/28/2013)

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 August for next month’s list of events.