For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (July)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! It’s the month of July. Turn up the heat on your health and fitness goals by incorporating fun and exciting racing events. Prove your valor to friends and family or simply challenge yourself to meet a lofty goal. Ohio hosts a nutty amount of competition from 5k to ultramarathons and everything else in between.

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.


2nd Annual AMETEK Tree City 5k for United Way, Kent (07/02/2011)
3rd Annual Tim Snipes 5k Run/Walk, Willard (07/02/2011)
2011 Stein Hospice Regatta 5k, Sandusky (07/02/2011)
4th Annual Smiles for Sophie Forever 5k & 1 Mile Run/Walk, Avon Lake (07/04/2011)
11th Annual Freedom Run 5k Run/Walk, Lima (07/04/2011)
2011 Greendale 4th of July 5k Run/Walk, Cincinnati (07/04/2011)
2011 Hilliard Rotary 5k & 10k, Hilliard (07/04/2011)
2011 Americana Festival 5k, Centerville (07/04/2011)
2011 Go 4th Run One, Kettering (07/04/2011)
32nd Annual Colonial Hills 5k, Worthington (07/04/2011)
37th Annual Bay Days Run 4 Miler, Bay Village (07/04/2011)
3rd Annual Huron Riverfest 5k, Huron (07/09/2011)
Michael's House Run/Walk, Fairborn (07/09/2011)
2011 Italian Fest 5k Race, Akron (07/09/2011)
2011 Lifeline of Ohio's Dash for Donation 5k & 1k, Columbus (07/09/2011)
14th Annual Vinton County Cross Country 5k Run/Walk, McArthur (07/09/2011)
Inaugural Run for the Pierogies 5k & 1 Mile, Parma (07/09/2011)
4th Annual Alexsa Wanchick Festival 5k, Mogadore (07/10/2011)
Mayor Alai's 4th Annual 5k & 1 Mile Run/Walk, Broadview Heights (07/10/2011)
2011 Run to Finish CF 5k, Columbus (07/15/2011)
8th Annual Winkin Lizard "A Shot in the Dark" 2 Mile & 4 Mile Run, Cleveland (07/16/2011)
3rd Annual Houston 5k Classic Run/Walk, Houston (07/16/2011)
2011 Feet on the Street 5k, Bowling Green (07/16/2011)
7th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings BEERATHLON 5k, Columbus (07/16/2011)
22nd Annual Fairborn 5k, Fairborn (07/16/2011)
4th Annual Miamisburg Lions Cross Country 5k, Miamisburg (07/16/2011)
2011 Dr. Bender XC Classic 5k, Canal Westchester (07/16/2011)
2011 Amherst Sandstone Classic 5k Run/Walk, Amherst (07/16/2011)
2011 GMS Garden Gallop 5k, Richfield (07/16/2011)
3rd Annual Circleville Roundtown Classic 5 mile & 5k Run, Circleville (07/16/2011)
5th Annual Angel Run 5k, North Star (07/17/2011)
2nd Annual Fairview Park Youth Association 5k Run for Fun, Fairview Park (07/17/2011)
2nd Annual Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5k, Lakewood (07/23/2011)
6th Annual Stryker 5k/2 Mile/1 Mile Run, Stryker (07/23/2011)
Inaugural Cleveland Clinic Race for Wellness 5k Run/Walk, Strongsville (07/23/2011)
9th Annual Refuse to Lose Memorial 5k & 1 Mile Run, Hudson (07/23/2011)
2011 Run for their Lives 5k, Bellefontaine (07/23/2011)
3rd Annual Jim Hauser Sarcoma 5k, Sandusky (07/23/2011)
2011 Christmas in July 5k, Westerville (07/23/2011)
2011 Portage Lakes IGA Pirate Days 5k, Akron (07/23/2011)
2011 Tigertown 5000 5k, Liberty Center (07/23/2011)
4th Annual UD Cross Country Experience 5k, Centerville (07/23/2011)
2011 Water Splash Dash 5k Run/Walk for ClearBlue, Akron (07/23/2011)
3rd Annual Beulah Beach BMC 5k, Vermillion (07/23/2011)
2011 St. Mary Festival 5k Run/Walk, Delaware (07/23/2011)
2nd Annual Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight 5k & 1 Mile Run/Walk, Cleveland (07/24/2011)
2011 Read for Literacy Farenheit 451 5k & 1 Mile Run/Walk, Walbridge (07/24/2011)
2011 Wellness in the Woods 5k & 2 Mile Run, Reynoldsburg (07/24/2011)
25th Annual B'nai B'rith Health Run 5k & 1 Mile, University Heights (07/24/2011)
17th Annual Ralph E. Wade 5k & 10k Run/Walk, Springboro (07/30/2011)
2nd Annual Wigs for Kids Zoo Walk & 5k Run, Cleveland (07/30/2011)
2011 Bec's Bunch Remembrance 5k Run/Walk, Vandalia (07/30/2011)
3rd Annual Simply Women Ohio 5k, Yellow Springs (07/30/2011)
2011 Memorial 5k, Norwalk (07/30/2011)
2011 Dayton Celtic Festival 5k Run/Walk, Dayton (07/30/2011)
4th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness 5k, Greenville (07/30/2011)
2011 Crossroads Run for Hope 5k & 10k, Mansfield (07/30/2011)
2011 Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run, Cleveland-Akron (07/30 – 07/31/2011)
2011 Ohio State Fair 5k, Columbus (07/31/2011)


25h Annual NCN Summer Triathlon/Duathlon, Lorain (07/10/2011)
2011 Greenswell Triathlon for Hope, Lewis Center (07/16/2011)
2011 Greenswell Wellness Triathlon & Duathlon, Lewis Center (07/17/2011)
2011 Greenswell Ohio Collegiate Triathlon, Lewis Center (07/17/02011)
2011 MiltonMan Triathlon, Lake Milton (07/17/2011)
12th Annual NCN Summer Triathlon/Duathlon, Bay Village (07/24/2011)
4th Annual Cincinnati Triathlon, Cincinnati (07/24/2011)


2011 Michelob Training Criterium, Xenia (07/05 – 07/26)

Special Events

36th Annual Twin Sizzler, Medina (07/04/2011)
2011 Ride/Run for Robin, Findlay/Glandorf (07/16/2011)
2011 Splash and Dash, Findlay (07/30/2011)

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 August for next month’s list of events.