For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (November)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! November holds a special breed of athletic events perfect for the winter warrior. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, with Christmas and New Year’s nipping at its heels. What better way to work off those giant holiday helpings than to train for a 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, or even a 50 miler? Ohio, your gut will thank you. November lays claim to World Run Day, a worldwide celebration of running, runners, and everything athletic. The celebration begins November 6 in cities all over the country, including the great State of Ohio. Make that one last push before the winter winds set in a meaningful one with the help from your friends, right here, at

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.


November 2

2nd Annual Lifting Hopes Pump and Run 5k, New Albany (11/02/2011)

November 5

10th Annual Westhaven Next Step Run For Shelter 5k & 1 mile, Cleveland (11/05/2011)
3rd Annual Grove City YMCA Turkey Trot 5k, Grove City (11/05/2011)
2nd Annual Fighting Hunger 5k, Cincinnati (11/05/2011)
2011 Doggie Dash 5k & 1.5 mile Run, Euclid (11/05/2011)
2011 WILLPower 5k Run & 1 mile Fun Run, Gambier (11/05/2011)
7th Annual Alex J. Ritchie 5k, Huber Heights (11/05/2011)
19th Annual Thomas J. Frericks 5k, Dayton (11/05/2011)
20th Annual Randy's Run 10 mile, 4 mile & 1k Kids Run, Monclova (11/05/2011)
2011 SPYSL Kickin for a Cure 5k, South Point (11/05/2011)
12th Annual Phi Kappa Tau Phi-k, Cleveland (11/05/2011)
2011 Broken Toe 50k, Harveysburg (11/05/2011)
4th Annual Free To Breath 5k Run/Walk & 1 mile Run/Walk, Dayton (11/05/2011)
Inaugural Rotary Honors Veterans 5k Walk & Run, Westerville (11/05/2011)

November 6

2011 Prairie Oaks 10k & 5k, Plain City (11/06/2011)
3rd Annual Bobcat Trail Marathon, Glouster (11/06/2011)
2011 OSU Physical Therapy 5k, Columbus (11/06/2011)
Inaugural Kewpee 10k & 1k Fun Run, Lima (11/06/2011)
6th Annual Inland Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k Run/Walk, Elyria (11/06/2011)
2nd Annual Mason Half Marathon, Mason (11/06/2011)
Delay The Disease 50 Mile Run, Columbus (11/06/2011)
Inaugural Columbus International 5k Run/Walk, Columbus (11/06/2011)

November 7

4th Annual Autumn Leaves Run 5 Miler, Kirtland (11/07/2011)

November 12

10th Annual Scarecrow Sprint 5k, Fremont (11/12/2011)
2nd Annual MVNU 5k Run, Mount Vernon (11/12/2011)
2011 Trail Series #2, Munroe Falls (11/12/2011)
2011 Mash Potato 5k, Kettering (11/12/2011)
2011 MZUMC Harvest Run 5k, Akron (11/12/2011)
2011 GREAT AMAZING RACE for YOUTH, Cleveland (11/12/2011)
3rd Annual Jeff Beitel 5k Run/Walk, Powell (11/12/2011)
2011 Turkey Trot 5 Miler, Twinsburg (11/12/2011)
2011 Breathe Deep Columbus LungEVITY Memorial 5k, Columbus (11/12/2011)
2011 Spice It Up 5k Run & 1 mile Walk, Dublin (11/12/2011)
2011 Fall Into Winter 13.1, Granville (11/12/2011)
2011 Ramtastic 5k, Jamestown (11/12/2011)
2011 Cardinal Tag Team Relay 5k, Columbus (11/12/2011)

November 13

2011 Moulton Turkey Trot 5k, Moulton (11/13/2011)
2011 Miles Away 5k, Fairfield (11/13/2011)
3rd Annual Buckeye Classic 10k, Lewis Center (11/13/2011)
2011 Greenswell Wellness in the Woods: Battelle Darby 5k & 10k, Galloway (11/13/2011)
2011 New Balance Girls On The Run Fall 5k, Peninsula (11/13/2011)
3rd Annual After the PKs 5k, Van Buren (11/13/2011)

November 19

4th Annual Southgate Turkey Trot 5k, Springfield (11/19/2011)
2011 Trinity 4 Miler, Upper Sandusky (11/19/2011)
2011 Run4Haiti 5k, Findlay (11/19/2011)
5th Annual Rebel Run 5k Race and 2 mile Fun Walk, Columbiana (11/19/2011)
2011 New Balance Girls On The Run Fall 5k, Cincinnati (11/19/2011)
13th Annual Turkey Trot 5k Devil Dash and Walk, Brunswick (11/19/2011)
2011 New Balance Girls On The Run Fall 5k, Columbus (11/19/2011)
2011 Westerville Game Day 5k, Westerville (11/19/2011)

November 20

36th Annual Cleveland Fall Classic Half Marathon & 5k, Strongsville (11/20/2011)
10th Annual Beat Michigan 5k, Columbus (11/20/2011)

November 24

6th Annual Flying Feather 4 miler, Dublin (11/24/2011)
33rd Annual Turkey Trot, Miamisburg (11/24/2011)
8th Annual Turkey Dash 5k, Avon (11/24/2011)
2011 Turkey Burner 5k, Hinkley (11/24/2011)
5th Annual Aurora Turkey Trot 4 mile, Aurora (11/24/2011)
2011 Smoke The Turkey 5k, Toledo (11/24/2011)
2nd Annual 10k on Turkey Day and 5k Walk, Deerfield (11/24/2011)
2011 WRC Turkey Trot 5k, Findlay (11/24/2011)
22nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Columbus Turkey Trot 5 mile & 2 mile, Columbus (11/24/2011)
6th Annual Granville Turkey Trot 5k, Granville (11/24/2011)
3rd Annual Harmony For Ohio Turkey Trot 5k, Minster (11/24/2011)
102nd Thanksgiving Day 10k Race, Cincinnati (11/24/2011)
4th Annual Thanksgiving Day Fountain 5k, Springfield (11/24/2011)
2011 Healthy Holiday 5k, Gahanna (11/24/2011)
4th Annual Race for Grace 5k Race & 1 mile Fun Run/Walk, Zanesville (11/24/2011)
20th Annual Home Run for the Homeless, Akron (11/24/2011)
2011 Turkey Trot 5k, Bryan (11/24/2011)
2011 Mount Vernon Turkey Trot 5k, Mount Vernon (11/24/2011)
Inaugural Uptown Pumpkin Dash 5k, Marysville (11/24/2011)
5th Annual HMA Turkey Trot 4 miler, Aurora (11/24/2011)
30th Annual Cleveland Turkey Trot 5 mile Race & 1 mile Fun Run, Cleveland (11/24/2011)

November 26

7th Annual Pigskin Classic 5k, Cleveland (11/26/2011)
9th Annual Downtown Mile, Fremont (11/26/2011)
3rd Annual Keep Your Fork 5k, Pomeroy (11/26/2011)
2nd Annual Jessie Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase 5k, Catawba Island (11/26/2011)
2011 Lake of Lights Holiday 5k Run, Kenton (11/26/2011)


NEOCX Series Stage 13: Kirtland Park Cross, Cleveland (11/20/2011)


2011 Tuesday Trek-C, Centerville (11/08 &11/22/2011)
2011 Summit County Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree, Akron/Cleveland (until 11/30/2011)

Special Events

Straight St. Hill Climb, Cincinnati (11/20/2011)

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 November for next month’s list of events.