For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! You’ve survived Beantown, been true to the diet all winter, and stand ready to tackle the warmer weather with a vengeance. Find a local 5k, 10k, or half marathon to test newfound limits or showcase fine-tuned abilities. provides a comprehensive list for May 2012, including the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, Cleveland Marathon and a host of other exciting events for the whole family. Now, if only the weather could make up its mind which season it is…

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 4
17th Annual Medina City Schools Run.4.Fun 5k, Medina

May 5
2nd Annual Race Urbans Neighborhood 5k Race & Health Fair, Cleveland
5th Annual Run for the Border, Cleveland
10th Annual Walk, Rock & Run, Cleveland
2012 Emerald Crossing 4-mile & 1-mile Trail Run, Cleveland
2012 Tri-State Running Company 5k, Cincinnati
2012 Flying Piglet Kid's Fun Run & Diaper Dash, Cincinnati
3rd Annual Rock Creek Romp! 4-Mile, Rock Creek
2012 Flying Pig Toyota 10k Run, Cincinnati
2012 Fifth of May 5k, Wellston
5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Run, Cleveland
2nd Annual Urban Community School R.U.N., Cleveland
2nd Annual Kelly's Grief Center Family 5k Run & 1-mile Walk, Stow
2012 5k Race for Relay, Ravenna
2012 Run for the Orphans 10k Trail Run & 5k, Hudson
15th Annual Derby Day Dash 5k, Dayton
2012 Orphan Road Race 5k, Beavercreek

May 6
Inaugural Tyler's Light 5k, Pickerington
14th Annual Flying Pig Marathon & Half Marathon, Cincinnati
11th Annual Lakewood Ambulance Chase 5k & 1-mile Walk, Lakewood
10th Annual West End Run 5k & 2-mile, Willoughby
4th Annual Holy Name High School Big Creek Parkway Run 5k, Cleveland

May 12
2012 Kick Up Your Heels Stiletto Sprint 5k, Akron
3rd Annual Hannah's Home 5k Run/Walk, Mentor
2012 Avery Gator Run 5k, Upper Arlington
2012 Garfield Heights Unites 5k Run/Walk, Garfield Heights
2012 I Love Mom Run/Walk 5k, Cincinnati
2012 Lightning Bug Run 5k, Medina
6th Annual Butterfly Walk 5k, Deerfield Township
2012 Red Bird Run 5k, Madison
2012 Girls on the Run 5k, Cincinnati
3rd Annual I Am Somebody 5k Run, Avon Lake
2012 Maple Foundation 5k Run/Walk, Maple Heights
2nd Annual Feet for Food 5k Run/Walk, Fairborn
7th Annual Daniel W. Shawver Memorial 5k Run/Walk, Xenia
2012 Troy Christian Schools Family 5k Run/Walk, Troy
2nd Annual 50's For Yo Momma 50k & 50-mile Trail Run, Circleville
2012 Girls on the Run 5k, Columbus
Ryan N. Johnson 5k Memorial Run, Beloit
2012 Butch Midkiff 5k Run/Walk, Germantown
2012 FLIP Spring Trail Run 10k & 5k, Galloway

May 13
The Virtual Mother's Day Run, Ohio
24th Annual Tom Nowak Big Creek Run, Middleburg Heights
2012 Wellness in the Woods: Blacklick Woods 4-mile & 2-mile Run/Walk, Reynoldsburg
2nd Annual Running Club at OSU Charity 5k, Columbus
3rd Annual Hospice Mother's Day 5k Run & Walk, Middletown
2012 The Race 1-mile, Cleveland

May 19
2012 Rockin' On The Run 5k, London
2012 EYE 5k, Columbus
5th Annual Faith, Hope and Charity 5k, Middlefield
2012 Race for Your Health 5k, Ottawa
7th Annual SMILE WITH ME! 5k Run & 1-mile Family Walk, Strongsville
2nd Annual Procter Camper Scamper 5k/1k Run, London
4th Annual Hy-5k, Westlake
2012 Greek Festival 5k, Mansfield
2012 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k, Columbus
2012 Hargus High Fives 5k, Circleville
2012 Willing Togo 5k Run/Walk, Austintown
2nd Annual Paige's Princess Run 5k, Liberty Township
2nd Annual Team Smitty 5k Run/Walk, Springfield
2012 Dalton Lodge 5k for Special Olympics, Wilmington
MYBA Opening Day 5k, Medina
2012 St. Brigid Festival 5k Run/Walk, Xenia
2012 Cleveland Rite Aid 5k & Kid's Fun Run, Cleveland

May 20
35th Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Cleveland
2012 Race to the Library 5k & 8k, Centerville
2012 Fairhope's Body, Mind, Soul 5k, Louisville
35th Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k, Cleveland
2012 Girls on the Run 5k, Akron

May 24
2012 2FGR Race for Down Syndrome 5k, Dublin

May 26
12th Annual Eagle Run 5-mile, 5k & 1-mile, Avon
2012 Father Kline Memorial 5k Run, Mentor
2012 Freedom Run/Walk and/or Roll 5k, Dayton
3rd Annual May in Bay 5k, Bay Village
2012 Run with the Big Dogs 5k, Centerville

May 27
14th Annual Blossom Time Run, Chagrin Falls
10th Annual Magnificat Blue Streaks through River 5k, Rocky River
2nd Annual 1LT. Michael L. Runyan 5k Run/Walk, Geneva

May 28
2012 Freestore Foodbank Hunger Walk 5k, Cincinnati
2012 University Heights Memorial Day Run, University Heights
36th Annual Memorial Day Race, Cincinnati
19th Annual Tallmadge Memorial Day 5k, Tallmadge


2012 Bobcat Swim Club Spring Classic, Athens (05/11/2012)
2012 Miami University Senior Circuit Meet, Hamilton (05/18/2012)


4th Annual Nordonia Hills Duathlon & Pump N' Run, Sagamore Hills (05/12/2012)
2012 Davis Family YMCA Sprint Distance Triathlon, Boardman (05/13/2012)
2012 Coffman YMCA Sprint Triathlon, Dayton (05/13/2012)
2012 Greenswell Dirty Duathlon, Lewis Center (05/20/2012)
2012 Bucyrus YMCA Triathlon, Bucyrus (05/26/2012)
2012 Wooster YMCA Kids of Steel Triathlon, Wooster (05/26/2012)
2012 Wooster YMCA Adult 1st Triathlon, Wooster (05/26/2012)


2012 Calvin's Challenge, Springfield (05/05/2012)
2012 Ohio Power Series Stage #1: Vulture's Knob, Wooster (05/05/2012)
2012 Bicycle Races at the Lake, Munroe Falls (05/05/2012)
OSRS #7:Lake Hope, McArthur (05/06/2012)
2012 Bicycle Races at the Lake, Munroe Falls (05/12/2012)
2012 Toledo Ride of Silence, Toledo (05/16/2012)
9th Annual Columbus Ride of Silence, Columbus (05/16/2012)
OSRS #8: SERIES FINALE Vandervort's Corner, Clarksville (05/20/2012)
2012 Ohio Power Series Stage #2: AOA Multi-Stage Mayhem Enduro, Cleveland (05/20/2012)
2012 Chippewa Creek Road Race, Brecksville (05/20/2012)
38th Huffman Spring Classic, Brookeville (05/20/2012)
2012 Ride for World Health Solidarity Ride, Upper Arlington (05/26/2012)

*bold denotes Subway Challenge Series event

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 June for next month’s list of events.