For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (May 2014)

(Lutz 2013)
Attention Athletes! It looks like this is as good as it’s going to get weather-wise, but when did you really expect any different in Ohio. Take back the outdoors by challenging yourself to a 5k or be so bold as to ramp things up and put all bets off with a half marathon or marathon. The spring and early summer hold hundreds of races all across Ohio, and who better to help you find your way than AltOhio.

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.


May 1
2014 The Candy Race 5k, Cincinnati

May 2
2014 Glow in the Park 5k, Akron
Inaugural Wright Brothers Chapter 5k, Dayton
2014 Medina City Schools Run.4.Fun 5k, Medina

May 3
2014 Sombrero Shuffle 5k, Cleveland
2014 JOA 5k & 10k, North Royalton
6th Annual Eagles on Foot 5k, Lakewood
4th Annual Compassionate Care of Shelby County 5k, Sidney
2014 Spectrum 5k, Elyria
2014 Flying Pig Toyota 10k, Cincinnati
2014 No Hungry Child 5k, Bellefontaine
2014 St. Vincent de Paul 5k, Dayton
2014 Flap, Jack, and Jill 5k & 15k, Peninsula
2014 Jig and Jog 5k, Dayton
2nd Annual Run Puritas 5k, Cleveland
2014 Run For Case 5k, Akron
2014 Cap City Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon, Columbus
2014 Derby Day Dash 5k & 10k, Dayton
Inaugural Ranger K-9 5k Race & Pooch Parade, Cleveland
2014 Flame of Hope 5k, Dayton
12th Annual Walk, Rock, and Run 5k & 3-mile, Cleveland

May 4
2014 Race to Empower 5k, Cleveland
5th Annual Spirit Sprint 5k, Gahanna
13th Annual Kevin J. Mullin Memorial 5k, Gahanna
13th Annual Lakewood Hospital Ambulance Chase 5k, Lakewood
2014 FCA Champions 5k, Marysville
16th Annual Flying Pig Marathon & Half Marathon, Cincinnati
2014 May The Course Be With You 5k, Piqua
2014 Run to the Beach Half Marathon & 5k, Akron
2nd Annual Race to Empower 5k, Cleveland
4th Annual Fleet Feet 5k, Pepper Pike

May 9
2014 Troy Hayner Cultural Center Whiskey Run 5k, Troy

May 10
2014 50s for Yo Momma 25k, 50k, and 50-miler, Circleville
2014 Licking Heights Super Hero 5k, Pataskala
2nd Annual Empire 5k for Kids, Westerville
2nd Annual Shirley Maag 5k, Elida
2014 Miles for Moms 5k, North Canton
2nd Annual AMSA 5k for Kids, Akron
4th Annual Troy City Schools Family 5k, Troy
2014 Mother's Day Fun Run for Loving Care 5k, Marysville
2014 Brookville/Northmont Run For Life 5k, Brookville
11th Annual Windermere Wish Run 5k & 1-mile, Upper Arlington
2014 Mother of All Races 5k, Canal Fulton
2014 Run 4 It 5k, Salem
Inaugural Chloe Mother's Day 5k & 1-mile, Gahanna
2014 Girls on the Run 5k, Dayton
The Essential Run 2014, Olmsted Township
2014 4 Miles 4 Water Race, Cleveland
4th Annual Race Urban Neighborhood's 5k Race & Health Fair, Cleveland
2014 Ariel-Foundation Park 5k, Mt. Vernon
3rd Annual Dash for Dignity 5k, Middleburg Heights
4th Annual Block The Sun Run, Glendale
2014 Maple Foundation 5k, Maple Heights
2014 Run for Living Water, Columbus
2nd Annual Hot Pursuit 5k, Eaton
5th Annual I Am Somebody 5k, Avon Lake
2014 I Love Mom 5k, Cincinnati
2014 Mother's Day Weekend 5k, Fairview Park
2014 Run with the Stars 5k, Ashland
2nd Annual Hustle for Hope 5k, Powell
2014 Furry Skurry 5k, Kettering

May 11
26th Annual Tom Nowak Big Creek Run, Middleburg Heights
2014 Baby Jog & Family Fun Run 5k & 10k, Dayton
3rd Annual Mother's Day 5k, Munroe Falls (Chad will be running this event)
5th Annual Mother's Day 5k Run/Walk, Middletown
The Race 2014, Lyndhurst
2nd Annual Ladies Only Mother's Day 5k, Grove City

May 16
2014 Spacefest Fun Run 5k, Dayton
2nd Annual Lead The Way 5k, Minerva
4th Annual Braves 5k Run for Healthy Kids, Springfield
2014 Dalton Lodge 5k for Special Olympics, Wilmington

May 17
6th Annual Hy5k, Westlake
2014 St. Brigid Festival 5k, Xenia
2014 Anna's Birthday Bash Dash 5k Run/Walk/Roll, Centerville
3rd Annual Rockin' on the Run 5k, London
2014 Go The Distance 5k, Marion
39th Annual Oakwood 5k & 10k, Oakwood
2014 Founder's Run 5k & 10k, Xenia
2014 Solid Rock Church 5k, Monroe
3rd Annual Greek Festival 5k, Mansfield
5th Annual St. Francis Festival 5k, Newark
2014 Bookin' 5k Run, Wadsworth

May 18
37th Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Cleveland
2014 Purple Passion 5k, Xenia
2014 Viking Victory Run 5k, North Canton
2014 Run For A New Tomorrow 5k, Canton
2014 Hands & Feet 5k, Springfield
2nd Annual Run/Walk for the Camps 5k, Findlay
2014 Team Victoria Community Benefit 5k, New Albany

May 22
2014 2FGR Down Syndrome 5k, Dublin
The Spring Scamper 2014, Dayton

May 24
14th Annual Eagle Run 5-mile & 5k, Avon
2nd Annual Run for Recovery 5k, Kenton
2nd Annual The Run for Warriors 5k, Middle Point
14th Annual Pet Promise Rescue Run, Columbus
2014 Fairhope UMC Body, Mind, Soul 5k, Louisville
2014 VA Freedom 5k, Dayton
2014 Dirty Bird 5k, 10k & 1-mile Kid's Run, Wooster
2nd Annual Prison Break 5k, Marion
2014 Hit & Run 5k, Hilliard
2014 Rocky's Run for Freedom 5k, Miamisburg
2014 D'light Run 5k, Cleveland
2014 Pvt. Heath Warner 4-mile Memorial Run, Massillon
2014 Caring for Carrie 5k, Fletcher
2014 Brain Cancer Awareness 5k, Alliance
3rd Annual CHASE Memorial Freedom Run, Westerville
5th Annual May in Bay 5k, Bay Village

May 25
38th Annual Blossom Time Run 5.25-mile, Chagrin Falls
12th Annual Magnificat Blue Streaks Through the River 5k & 1-mile, Rocky River
2nd Annual Field of Heroes 5k, Westerville
2014 Wooster Wellness 5k & 1-mile Kid's Run, Wooster
4th Annual 1Lt. Michael L. Runyan 5k Run/Walk, Geneva

May 26
2nd Annual Earn Your Spots Jaguar 5k, Cleveland
2014 Happy Run 5k, Tipp City
43rd Annual Memorial Day 5-miler, Upper Arlington
2014 Memorial Day 4-mile, University Heights
2014 Hero 5k, Massillon
2nd Annual Samuel F. Pearson Memorial Day 5k, Piqua
2014 Tallmadge Memorial Day 5k, Tallmadge

May 30
2014 Shearer's Chip Chase 5k, Brewster
2nd Annual St. Luke PTO 5k & 1-mile, Beavercreek

May 31
9th Annual West Side Catholic Center 5k & 1-mile Run/Walk, Cleveland
2014 Kick It 5k, Lewis Center
Inaugural CRO Run 5k & 1-mile, Eastlake
2014 Kickin' Crohns 5k, Marion
2014 A.J. Kaiser Memorial Leaders Club 5k, Piqua
2nd Annual Camp Frederick Wilderness Race 5k, Rogers
3rd Annual Pier W. Copper Salmon Run 5k, Lakewood
2014 Miles for Mark 5k, Centerville
2014 Harrison's Heroes 5k & 10k, Beavercreek
5th Annual Run/Walk for Home, Cleveland
7th Annual Victory Run, Arcanum
2014 Girls On The Run 5k, North Canton
2014 Warm Up For Relay 5k, Marysville
2014 Tiger Trot 5k & 1-mile, Jackson Center
2014 Trash The Dress 5k, Copley
2014 Medina Half Marathon & 5k, Medina,
2014 Dash For Dobes 5k, Delaware
Inaugural St. John Bosco 5k, Parma Heights
Inaugural Grace Race 5k, Brunswick


2014 Blue Streak Time Trial, Fairborn (05/14)


2014 Gem City Gauntlet, Dayton (05/03)
2014 Great Dayton Adventure, Dayton (05/09)
2014 Nordonia Hills Duathlon, Sagamore Hills (05/10)
2014 Spring Sprint Triathlon Classic, Boardman (05/11)
2014 Coffman YMCA Sprint Triathlon, Springboro (05/11)
2014 American Tripe-T, West Portsmouth (05/16 – 05/18)
2014 KSU Rural Scholars FlashDash, Salem (05/17)
2014 Auglaize/Mercer Family YMCA Youth Triathlon, Minister (05/18)
2014 Tri for Joe, Cincinnati (05/24)
2014 Bucyrus Area YMCA Spring Triathlon, Bucyrus (05/24)
2014 Overcomer Challenge, Mount Vernon (05/24)
9th Annual ONE Triathlon, Lawrence (05/26)
2014 Deer Creek State Park Kid's Triathlon, Mt. Sterling (05/31)
2014 Be A Beaver Triathlon, Bluffton (05/31)

Special Events

2014 Great Amazing Race, Columbus (05/10)
2014 Color Blaze 5k, Lima (05/10)
2014 Color Blaze 5k, Mansfield (05/17)
2014 ADM Recovery Challenge, Akron (05/17)
2014 Tough Mudder, Mansfield (05/17 - 05/18)
2014 Color Vibe Run 5k, Akron (05/24)
2014 Spud Mud Run, North Hampton
2014 Memorial Day Murph, Tipp City (05/24)
2014 Warrior Dash, Millfield (05/31)

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 June for next month’s list of events.