For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (October)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! The Autumnal Equinox has come and gone and fall is now in full swing. Just because the weather is cooling off doesn’t mean your workouts have to. Fall is the perfect time to get in the rhythm of good habits before winter hits. Find a ghoulish amount of Ohio events with AltOhio’s For A Better Buckeye October. This month features a handful of October Ohio marathons, including the Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon, Towpath Marathon, and Red, White, and Blue 26.2 Marathon as well as 5k, 10k, and 15k races guaranteed to warm you up as the weather cools down.


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.


Running

7th Annual Nature's Bin 5k & 1 mile Neighborhood Run, Lakewood (10/01/2011)
6th Annual Montville Police Patrolman's Assoc. 5k Run/Walk, Medina (10/01/2011)
Inaugural Damascus Connect Race 5k, Damascus (10/01/2011)
3rd Annual No More Falls 5k & 1k Kids Fun Run, Munroe Falls (10/01/2011)
Inaugural Believe in Hope 8k and 4k Fun Run, Brecksville (10/01/2011)
Inaugural Generation Celebration 5k Run & 1 mile Walk, Berea (10/01/2011)
6th Annual FAR Larry Fox Scholarship 5k Run/Walk, Huron (10/02/2011)
2nd Annual Red, White and Blue 26.2 (10/02/2011)
2011 Green Bulldog Dash 5k & 1 mile Fun Run, Uniontown (10/02/2011)
Inaugural Sandal Dash 5k & 1 mile Walk, Parma (10/02/2011)
2nd Annual Lakewood Catholic Academy 5k, Lakewood (10/02/2011)
3rd Annual Lisa's Legacy 5k Run/Walk, Cleveland (10/02/2011)
2011 Conservancy for CVNP Running Series #1 Ledges Shelter, Peninsula (10/04/2011)
2011 Conservancy for CVNP Running Series #2 Ledges Shelter, Peninsula (10/05/2011)
4th Annual Monster Mutt Dash 5k, Berea (10/08/2011)
Inaugural The Little Race for a Big Cause 5k, Cleveland (10/08/2011)
Inaugural Cheer for Careers 5k, Brecksville (10/08/2011)
Inaugural UA 5k Homecoming Run/Walk, Akron (10/08/2011)
20th Annual Towpath Marathon, Peninsula (10/09/2011)
2011 Conservancy for CVNP Running Series #3 Oak Hill, Peninsula (10/11/2011)
2011 Conservancy for CVNP Running Series #4 Oak Hill, Peninsula (10/12/2011)
2011 Conservancy for CVNP Running Series Full Moon Run, Peninsula (10/14/2011)
2nd Annual Step Forward to Cure TSC 5k, Westlake (10/15/2011)
2011 Run S'More 5k & 1 mile Fun Run, North Canton (10/15/2011)
11th Annual Bowman Cup 5k, Kent (10/15/2011)
2nd Annual Project Homeless Connect 5k, Akron (10/15/2011)
5th Annual Midtown Cleveland HealthLine Classic 10k & 5k, Cleveland (10/15/2011)
Inaugural Run for Veterans 10k & 2 mile, Bedford (10/16/2011)
The Eliminate Project 5k Run and Fun Walk, Chesterland (10/16/2011)
2011 Conservancy for CVNP Running Series #5 Happy Days Lodge, Peninsula (10/18/2011)
2011 Conservancy for CVNP Running Series #6 Happy Days Lodge, Peninsula (10/19/2011)
3rd Annual Runners For Riders 5k Run/Walk & 10k Trail Run, Gibsonburg (10/22/2011)
Inaugural Human Arc Race to a Million 5k Run & 2k Walk, Cleveland (10/22/2011)
2011 OhioOutside.com Trail Series #1 Munroe Falls Metro Park, Munroe Falls (10/22/2011)
Inaugural Bay Village Hertiage 5k Run & 1 mile Walk, Bay Village (10/22/2011)
Inaugural Knights of Columbus 5k, Akron (10/22/2011)
2011 Dyslexia Dash 5k & Prediction Run, Sagamore Hills (10/23/2011)
2011 Conservancy for CVNP Running Series #7 Station Rd. Bridge, Peninsula (10/25/2011)
2011 Conservancy for CVNP Running Series #8 Station Rd. Bridge, Peninsula (10/26/2011)
10th Annual Halloween Run For Justice, Cleveland (10/29/2011)
Inaugural Redmen Run 5k, Bellevue (10/29/2011)
2nd Annual Bridge to Bridge Run 11.5 mile Race & 5k, Cleveland (10/29/2011)
12th Annual Skeleton 5k "Run for your Bones", Amherst (10/30/2011)
7th Annual Lakewood Women's Club Great Pumpkin Run 5k, Lakewood (10/30/2011)


Triathlon/Duathlon

2011 Life Time Fitness Indoor Triathlon, Columbus (10/02/2011)
32nd Annual Morgan's Little Miami Triathlon, Fort Ancient (10/02/2011)
2011 Deer Creek Fall Challenge Triathlon/Duathlon, Mt. Sterling (10/02/2011)
2011 Cycle Sport & Tri Heartstone Tour de Loveland, Loveland (10/08/2011)
Inaugural Tiger Tri Homecoming Triathlon, Springfield (10/22/2011)

Cycling

20th Annual Akron Bicycle Club Go-Round, Akron (10/01/2011)
NEOCX Series Stage 5: Brooklyn CX Race, Brooklyn (10/02/2011)
2011 Ohio Cycling Challenge, Columbus (10/07 – 10/09/2011)
TREK Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Lexington (10/08/2011)
2011 Ride To Imagine, Cleveland (10/08/2011)
NEOCX Series Stage 6: Orrville Cross, Orrville (10/09/2011)
2011 Leaf Peepers Tour, Nelsonville (10/15/2011)
34th Annual Tombstone Bicycle Tour, Toledo (10/15/2011)
2011 NEO Power Series Stage 6: Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest, Wooster (10/15/2011)
2011 Tom's Farm Time Trials, Corona (10/16/2011)
2011 Cap City Cross Series, Marysville (10/29 – 10/30/2011)
2011 Zip Ohio Valley CycloCross Tour (10/04 – 10/30/2011)

Special Events

2nd Annual Climb for Life, Cleveland (10/15/2011)
2011 Run For Your Life 5k, Middletown (10/22/2011)
2011 Swamp Stomp Mud Challenge, Franklin (10/29/2011)
Family Haunted Bike Ride, Toledo (10/15/2011)




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 www.active.com for a comprehensive list of Ohio’s athletic endeavors and be sure to check back in November for next month’s list of events.