For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (September 2014)

Chad W. Lutz
Attention Athletes! Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to junk foods. Keep with it. Yes, summer is nearing an end, and so is ready access to fresh fruit and veggies and extended daylight hours, but there are still ways to remain active, even with busy school schedules. Our monthly lists of athletic on-goings in the State of Ohio provide dozens of opportunities to set goals, stay regular, and have fun, regardless of season.

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.

September 1 – Labor Day
9th Annual Miles for Smiles 5k & 1-mile Walk, Cleveland Heights 
Dream Chasers 5k, Piqua 
2014 Holiday at Home 5k, Kettering 
8th Annual Labor Day Oktoberfest Bier Run 5k, Berea
7th Annual Run for the Health of It 5k, Columbus 
5th Annual Avon Lake Shore Wellness Run 5k, Avon Lake  
41st Annual Milan Melon Festival Road Race 5k & 1-mile, Milan
23rd Annual WKHS Cross Country 5k, Columbus

September 4
2014 Connecting 4 Life 5k, Chillicothe
Inaugural Northwoods Foundation 5k, Dublin

September 6
5th Annual Prostate Dayton 5k, Dayton 
2014 Marion Popcorn Festival 5k, Marion
4th Annual Tailgate 5k, St. Mary's
2014 Fredericktown Tomato Run 5-miler, Fredericktown
Inaugural Run for the Arts 5k, Sheffield Village
Inaugural Janet Adducchio Memorial 5k & 10k, Troy
2014 Popcorn Festival 5k & Fitness Walk, Beavercreek 
2014 Trot for the Brats 5k, Vandalia
2014 Helltown 5k, St. Paris 
2014 Brave in the Attempt 5k & 10k, Lewis Center
Inaugural Celebrating Recovery 5k, Cleveland (FREE!)

September 7
15th Annual River Run Half Marathon, Berea
2014 Cameron's Smile 5k, Piqua
2014 Meatball Madness 5k, Dayton 
2014 Miami County Half Marathon, Troy
2nd Annual Dozer Dash 5k, Powell
Inaugural Love a Nurse RuN 5k & 1-mile, Cleveland

September 13
2014 Race for the Cure, Cleveland
4th Annual Amethyst Walk/Run For Recovery 5k, Columbus 
2014 Ellie & Tyler's 4-miler + Evy's 10k, Harrison
5k Run/Walk for Eastway, Dayton
2014 Whole Foods Market Fall 5k, Dublin 
2014 Kickin' It On Campus 5k, Marion 
2014 Friends of the Poor 5k Run, Springfield
2nd Annual Run, Walk, D.R.E.A.M. 5k & 1-mile, Cleveland
2014 Buttercream Festival 5k, West Carrolton
2014 5k for the HEALTH of It, Piqua
2014 Buckeye Trail 5k, Nelsonville 
2014 Wiseman Wild 5k Run, Beavercreek
2014 Heart of the Panthers 5k, Springboro 

September 14
2014 Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, Middleburg Heights
2014 Back to School 5k, Columbus 
2nd Annual Bedford Rotary Five Star Veterans Honor Run 10k & 2-mile, Bedford
Inaugural Tutu Trot 5k, Centerville
5th Annual Steps for Sarcoma 5k, Dublin 
Inaugural Rugger Run 5k, Cleveland
2014 Miami County Trail Series Challenge # 4: Charleston Falls Preserve, Tipp City
3rd Annual Torres Trail 5k, Gahanna 
9th Annual Youngstown Ultra Classic 50k & 25k, Youngstown 
3rd Annual Robby's Voice Race IV Awareness 5k, Olmsted Falls

September 18
2014 Ohio Human Resources Conference 5k, Sandusky
Inaugural Summer Squatch 10k Trail Race, Delaware 

September 20
10th Annual Miller Boat Line 5k at Put-In-Bay, Put-In-Bay
2nd Annual Canine Companion 5k, Columbus 
2014 Thomas J. Frericks 5k, Dayton 
2014 5k Run to End Alzheimer's, Columbus 
2014 Air Force Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k, Wright Patterson Air Force Base 
29th Annual Superhero Dash Youth Challenge 5k & 1-mile, Lakewood
2014 Indian Run 5k, 10k, 20k, 40k & 60k, Hocking Hills
6th Annual 5k for K9s, Delaware 

September 21
5th Annual Mayor Kevin Kennedy's 5k Race & Walk, North Olmsted
2014 5k-9, Miamisburg
4th Annual Mom's Club 5k, Piqua
2014 Ohio State 4-miler, Columbus 
4th Annual Taking Strides for Kids 5k, Gahanna 

September 26
2014 Stilletos to Sneakers 5k, Dayton
6th Annual Meiler Vier Oktoberfest 4-miler, Columbus

September 27
5th Annual Lorain County's Voices For Recovery 5k, Elyria
Greater Dayton Heart Walk/Run, Dayton 
24th Annual Applefest 15k, 10k & 5k Run/Walk, Lebanon
36th Annual Run for the Mums 5k, Tipp City
12th Annual Akron Marathon & Half Marathon, Akron 
3rd Annual Run Your Buns Off 5k, Columbus
Inaugural Halfway to St. Patrick's Day 5k & Pub Crawl, Tremont 
2014 Abilities Dash 5k, Dayton 
2014 Busy Babes Marathon & Half Marathon, Centerburg 
2014 Not Yo Mommas 100 & Sugarloaf Challenge, Chillicothe 
3rd Annual Rock the Block 5k, Cleveland
2nd Annual Friends of Snyder Park 5k, Springfield 
2014 Harvest for Hunger 5k, Springfield 

September 28
17th Annual Tom Madzy Short Run 5k & Dog Walk, Berea    


2014 Blue Streak Time Trial, Fairborn (09/10)
2014 The Great Pumpkin Roll Bike Ride, New Bremen (09/27)
2014 Crankenstein Monster 100, Casstown (09/28)


Rev 3 Cedar Point Sprint Triathlon, Sandusky (09/06)
2014 Rev 3 Cedar Point Triathlon, Sandusky (09/07) 
2014 Portage Lakes Kidz Triathlon, Akron (09/13) 
6th Annual University of Dayton Outdoor Triathlon and Duathlon, Waynesville (09/14)
2014 Portage Lakes Triathlon & Duathlon, Akron (09/14) 
2014 Pike County YMCA Triathlon, Waverly (09/28) 
2014 Deer Creek Fall Challenge, Mt. Sterling (09/28) 

Special Events

2014 Nightmare Challenge, Nashport (09/06)
2014 River Rampage, Tipp City (09/13) 
2014 Briarcliff Stampede, Nashport (09/14)
2014 CerebRun Ohio Buckeye Challenge, Athens (09/20)
2014 Steelathon Urban Adventure, Youngstown (09/21)  
2014 WOD Run, Hilliard (09/27) 
2014 Eastfork Challenge Adventure Race, Bethel (09/27) 
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 October for next month’s list of events.