For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (June 2014)

(Lutz 2014)
Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! Sunlight. Thank goodness it’s back. Hopefully you’re letting some of the good stuff sink in and allowing it to right the ways the winter wronged. But that’s all behind us. Ahead are some of the best races in the country, and some serious summer fun if you’re looking for it. Face the heat and take a chance on a summer Ohio 5k, 10k, or half marathon, or stay cool with a triathlon. We’ve got the most comprehensive listings of Ohio athletic events, so you kind find the fit you want.

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.


June 1
14th Annual Race for the Place 5k & 1-mile, Westlake
Inaugural Akron Rubber Ducks 5k, Akron
4th Annual Great Human Race, Cincinnati
2014 Freedom Dog Fest 5k, Aurora
2014 Riverside Cares 5k, Painesville Township
2014 Dirty Dude Girl 10k Trail Race, Bellbrook
2014 Franklinton 5k, Columbus
4th Annual Greyt Race, Rocky River

June 6
2014 Sting Ray 5k, Springfield

June 7
3rd Annual Healthy Planet, Healthy People 5k, North Olmsted
2nd Annual 4 Years Out of Heaven 5k, Oakwood
2014 Lady Tutu 5k, Toledo
2014 CACY Drug-Free 5k Run/Walk, Lexington
2014 Lift Your Legs and Run for Stray 10k & 5k, Kettering
2014 Ribfest River Run 5k, Antwerp
9th Annual Henny Penny/United Way 5k, Eaton
10th Annual St. Leonard 5k, Centerville
4th Annual Run for the Red 5k, Lorain
2014 Walk 4 Water 5k, Mason
2014 Paddy's Pig Run 5k & 10k, Bellefontaine
2014 Souls 2 Soles 5k, Canton
2014 Race for Recovery 5k, Hamilton
2014 Race for Literacy, Bluffton
4th Annual Feet 4 Food 5k, Fairborn
Inaugural Run for Debbie's Dream 5k, Fairlawn
29th Annual Kids Are #1 Run 5k, Akron
2014 New Madison United Methodist Church 5k Mission Run/Walk, New Madison
4th Annual JAKESTRONG 5k, Powell
14th Annual St. Mark's Run for the Arts 5k & 1-mile, Cleveland

June 8
8th Annual Slavic Village Pierogi Dash 5k, Cleveland
5th Annual Captain's Charities 5k, Eastlake
2014 Strawberry 10k, Troy
2014 Memories for Marleah 5k, Archbold
32nd Annual Kelleys Island 5k, Kelleys Island
2014 Trot with the Cops 5k, South Euclid
2014 Girls with Sole LULA 5k & 5-mile, Rocky River
37th Annual Columbus 10k, Columbus
2014 Caveman Crawl, Russell

June 11
2014 Flag Day 5k, Mentor

June 12
2014 Mission Possible 5k, Tip City

June 13
2nd Annual Thomas C. Ellis Memorial 5k, Broadview Heights
2014 Clark County Relay For Life 5k, Springfield
2014 Relay For Life of Green 5k, Green
2014 Be a Hero for Military Kids 5k, Columbus
3rd Annual Lake Cow-nty Stampede 5k, Painesville
2014 Bigfoot 5k Run, Leetonia

June 14
6th Annual Holy Name Big Creek Parkway Run 5k, Parma Heights
2014 Our Lady of the Elms 5k, Akron
2014 Get Winded 5k, Euclid
9th Annual Flag Day 5k, Mason
2014 Kingwood Center 5k, Mansfield
4th Annual Bloomville UCC Berry Run 5k & 10k, Bloomville
2014 Irish 5k, Cuyahoga Falls
2014 Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5k, Columbus
2014 Race for Literacy, Springfield
2014 Path for Patriotism 5k & 2-mile, Cortland
2014 Saturday in the Park 5k, Waldo
2014 Howl at the Moon 5k, Cortland
2014 Jim Klett Memorial 10k & Kid's Races, Cuyahoga Falls
2014 Poultry Days 5k, Versailles
2014 Heather's Hope Lickety-Split 5k, Wilmington
6th Annual Hocking Valley Community Hospital Wellness 5k, Logan
15th Annual Chad's Water Treatment Apache Run 5k, Sherwood
9th Annual Ohio City Run & Crawl Night 5k, Cleveland
2014 Nite Lite 5k & 10k, Springboro
2nd Annual Cheddar Challenge 5k, Yellow Springs
4th Annual Autism Lace It Race It Face It 5k & Walk, Akron
12th Annual Nature's Bin Neighborhood Run, Lakewood

June 15
12th Annual Dad's Day Run, Shaker Heights
5th Annual Father's Day 5k, Canton
2014 Lake Health Distance Classic Half Marathon & 5k, Kirtland
2014 Run for the Goal 5k & 1-mile, Cleveland
11th Annual Park 2 Park Half Marathon & 5k, Sheffield Village
2014 Holy Rosary 5k, St. Marys
2014 Towpath 10-10, Valley View

June 19
8th Annual Duck N Run, Sidney

June 20
36th Annual Springenfest Sun Run 5k, Richwood
5th Annual ECA Fun Run 5k, Springfield

June 21
2014 Sprint or Stroll for Soul to Sole, Bay Village
2nd Annual Run for the Oasis, Medina
2014 Running with a Mission 5k, Cleveland
2nd Annual Panther Prowl 5k, Huber Heights
2014 Friends of the Buckeye Lake Library 5k, Buckeye Lake
2014 Run with Passion 5k, Dublin
2nd Annual Next Generation 5k, Painesville
6th Annual Docs N Socks 5k, Findlay
4th Annual Brian Ward Memorial 5k, Mansfield
5th Annual Moving Hearts and Soles 5k, Galion
2014 Run for Dreams 5k, Lebanon
2014 Flirt With Dirt 10k, Boston Township
2014 UH Ahuja 5k for Wellness, Beachwood
2014 Run to Caring 5k, Loudonville
4th Annual Run for the Meadows 5k, Millbury
2014 Steps for Healing 5k & 2k, Liberty Township
2nd Annual Run with the Deputies 5k, Warren
2014 Weber Girl 5k, Holmesville
2014 Cancer Crush 5k, Centerville
2014 Fairview 4-mile Relay, Sherwood
2014 Purple Stride 5k, Cleveland
2014 Fit Family 5k, North Canton
2014 Splash Bash 5k, Clarksville
2nd Annual Sabre Run at Communion of Saints 5k, Cleveland Heights
2014 Baguette Run, Marion
2014 St. Joan of Arch 5k Run/Walk, Streetsboro

June 22
24th Annual A Most Excellent Race 10k & 5k, Cleveland Heights
2nd Annual Epilepsy Race 5k, Berea
2014 Garby Big Woods Trail Challenge, Piqua
2014 Run for the Hills 10k, Willoughby Hills
6th Annual Woodland 5k, Kirtland

June 27
2014 ScoutStrong 5k, West Liberty
2014 Twilight Trail Run 5k, Clayton

June 28
2014 New Way 5k, Wooster
2014 Mayor Megan 5-Miler for Freedom and Fireworks, Grafton
2014 Moms for a Cure 5k & 10k, Oakwood
4th Annual Healthy Steps 5k, Salem
2014 Running For Hope 5k, Avon Lake
2014 Adelyn's Rainbow Run, Troy
Inaugural Sandstone Classic 5k, Amherst
6th Annual Houston Classic 5k, Houston
2014 Cedar Point Half Marathon & Millennium Force 5k, Sandusky
2014 Evict Tommie 5k, Columbus
2014 Friendship Days 5k, Pettisville
2014 Willoughby Lions 5k, Willoughby
3rd Annual Donut Dash 5k, Dayton
2014 Simply Women 5k, Yellow Springs
2014 Run for the Hills 5k, Macedonia

June 29
2nd Annual Little Helping Hands 5k, Parma Heights
9th Annual Columbia Station Half Marathon & Inline Skate, Columbia Station
2nd Annual River Rampage Mud Run 5k, Perry
2014 Danny Parmertor Memorial Run 5k, Mayfield Village
2014 Race for Kids & Wellness, Cleveland
5th Annual Home Days Run 5k & 1-mile, Brecksville


2014 Strawberry Festival Bike Time Trial, Casstown (06/05)
2014 Strawberry Festival Bike Tour, Troy (06/08)
2014 Blue Streak Time Trial, Fairborn (06/11)


2014 Deer Creek Park Triathlon, Mt. Sterling (06/01)
2014 Wednesday Night Triathlon Series #1, Waynesville (06/04)
2014 Subway Fresh Fit Triathlon, Delaware (06/08)
2014 Great Western Reserve Triathlon, Ravenna (06/08)
31st Annual West Milton Triathlon, West Milton (06/14)
2014 Metroparks Serving Summit County Triathlon, Munroe Falls (06/14)
2014 Community BRICK Triathlon, Columbus (06/14)
2014 Clemens Cycle & 5k to Fight Cancer, Centerville (06/14)
2014 Maumee Bay Kid's Triathlon & Duathlon, Oregon (06/14 – 06/15)
2014 Zoom Multisport Race #1, Waynesville (06/15)
2014 Wednesday Night Triathlon Series #2, Waynesville (06/18)
2014 XTERRA East Fork Off Road Triathlon, Bethel (06/21)
2014 Ross Tri Fit Challenge, Columbus (06/22)
2014 Get It 2 Heuston Woods Triathlon, Duathlon & 5k, Oxford (06/22)
2014 Mohican Endurance Festival, Perrysville (06/22)
2014 Quarry Ridge Triathlon & Duathlon, Sylvania (06/25)
2014 NCN Huntingdon Triathlon & Duathlon, Bay Village (06/28)
2014 Kid's Fun in the Sun Triathlon, Kettering (06/29)
2014 Mason Triathlon & Duathlon, Mason (06/29)
2014 Milton Man Triathlons, Lake Milton (06/29)

Special Events

WOO WHO Urbanobstacle, Cleveland (06/07)
The Gauntlet Trail Run 5k, Greenville (06/07)
Inaugural Marysville Glow Run, Marysville (06/14)
2014 Electric Run, Berea (06/20)
2014 GloRun, Columbus (06/20)
2014 Indian Mud Run, Coshocton (06/21)
2014 Urban Adventure Challenge, Wooster (06/21)
2014 GloRun, Dayton (06/21)
2014 Cadet CC Color Run, West Unity (06/28)

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 July for next month’s list of events.