For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (March)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! It’s springtime in Ohio (hopefully), and we here at are excited to bring you the March 2012 list of Buckeye Betterment. Shake off those winter blues by taking to the trails, to the streets, or get an early start on your swimming. March offers Ohio athletes an enormous amount of fitness potential. St. Patrick’s Day warriors, have no fear. March remains kind to those who revel in celebration and still want to maintain their fitness goals. So lace up, suit up, get out and get moving this March knowing you’re charmed with the luck of the Irish.

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.


March 3

11th Annual Food on the Run 10k & 5k, Cincinnati (03/03/2012)
6th Annual Road Apple Run 5k Road Race, Ashland (03/03/2012)

March 4

6th Annual Arnold Pump & Run 5k, Columbus (03/04/2012)

March 6

22nd Annual Mill Creek Distance Classic, Youngstown (03/06/2012)

March 10

32nd Annual St. Malachi Run 5k & 2-mile, Cleveland (03/10/2012)
2012 Unshackled: Grace-Full 5k Run/Walk, Findlay (03/10/2012)
Emerald Miles 5k Run/Walk, Cincinnati (03/10/2012)
Inaugural Pi Day 5k, Columbus (03/10/2012)
2012 Long John Run 8k & 2-mile, Lewis Center (03/10/2012)

March 11

Inaugural Big Hoopla 4-miler, Dayton (03/11/2012)
8th Annual Shamrock 15k & 5k, Cuyahoga Falls (03/11/2012)

March 17

3rd Annual Spring Has Sprung 5k Run/Walk, Xenia (03/17/2012)
2012 St. Patrick's Day 5k, Dublin (03/17/2012)
2012 St. Patty's Day 5-miler, Granville (03/17/2012)
2012 St. Spartan's Day 5k, Marion (03/17/2012)
Inaugural 4 for Friends 4-miler & 1-mile Walk, Medina (03/17/2012)
2nd Annual Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick 5k Run/Walk, Toronto (03/17/2012)
2012 Thomas Neff Memorial 5k Run/Walk, Dayton (03/17/2012)
3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day 4-miler at Kinsale, Powell (03/17/2012)
Inaugural Sullivan's St. Patrick's Day Irish Jig & Jog 5k, Lakewood (03/17/2012)
2012 Lowellville Rocket Run 5k & Fun Walk, Lowellville (03/17/2012)
2012 Muddy Leprechaun 4-mile Trail Run/Walk, Chillicothe (03/17/2012)
2012 Hartville St. Patrick's Day 5k Trail Run, Hartville (03/17/2012)
3rd Annual Strongsville Super Saturday 5k & 1-mile Fun Run, Strongsville (03/17/2012)

March 24

Inaugural St. Mary's Charge into Spring 5k, Berea (03/24/2012)
2012 Step by Step 5k, Hilliard (03/24/2012)
2012 World Race for Hope 5k, Columbus (03/24/2012)
Christie Lane Path to Destruction 5k Walk & Run, Norwalk (03/24/2012)
4th Annual NWO 5k & Pump N Run, Findlay (03/24/2012)

March 25

2012 Wellness in the Woods: Sharon Woods 8k 5k 2-mile, Westerville (03/25/2012)

March 31

2012 5-mile Run/Walk for MSA, Fairborn (03/31/2012)
3rd Annual Holy Trinity Sole to Soul 5k & 1-mile Fun Run, Avon (03/31/2012)
10th Annual Jog into Spring 5k, Independence (03/31/2012)
2nd Annual Project Congo 5k, Dayton (03/31/2012)
2012 Ready, Set, Run 5k, Akron (03/31/2012)
3rd Annual St. Albert's The Great Race 5k, North Royalton (03/31/2012)


2012 Ohio Spring Race Series #1 Deer Creek, Mt. Sterling (03/18/2012)
2012 Ohio Spring Race Series #2 New Haven Road, New Haven (03/24/2012)


2012 Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon, Beachwood (03/04/2012)
2012 Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon, Dublin (03/11/2012)


2012 Ohio Senior Meet & Time Trials, Columbus (03/02 – 03/04/2012)
2012 WOR Barbara Kay Swimming Mini-Champs (03/03 – 03/04/2012)
2012 Columbus Grand Prix Swim Meet, Columbus (03/09 – 03/11/2012)
2012 Ohio JO SC Championship & Time Trials, Bowling Green (03/09 – 03/11/2012)
2012 Speedo Central Zone Champions Series, Oxford (03/22 – 03/25/2012)

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 athletic endeavors and be sure to check back in April for next month’s list of events.