For Your Health

For A Better Buckeye (September)

Chad W. Lutz
For A Better Buckeye (September 2011)

Attention Athletes! Back-to-school doesn’t have to mean backing off your health and fitness goals. Ohio offers athletes of all ages and abilities a wealth of exciting events to keep you on track in the coming fall months. You’ve been laboring hard this summer. Don’t give up now. September features the exciting Air Force Marathon and Akron Marathon in addition to 5k races, a 50k trail run, and host of family fun runs compatible with even the busiest back-to-school schedules.

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.


Inaugural Born to Run 5k, West Chester (09/02/2011)
34th Annual Run For Your Life 10k & 5k, Portsmouth (09/03/2011)
3rd Annual Soaring Eagle Run Boy Scout Half Marathon, Bowling Green (09/03/2011)
Inaugural Blazin' With Love 5k & Cornhole Tournament, Mason (09/03/2011)
2011 Alterfest 5k, Kettering (09/03/2011)
2011 Camp Quality Ohio 5k, Akron (09/03/2011)
3rd Annual Glandorf 5k Turtle Trot, Glandorf (09/03/2011)
Labor Day 5k Run/Walk in Canal Winchester (09/03/2011)
3rd Annual Northridge 5k, Springfield (09/03/2011)
2nd Annual Fryburg 5k Mock Turtle Race, Wapakoneta (09/03/2011)
2011 Awesome Autism 5k, Bellaire (09/03/2011)
4th Annual Ken Keener Sweet Corn Classic 5k Run, Millersport (09/03/2011)
3rd Annual Run for John 5k, Sunbury (09/03/2011)
2nd Annual Cheetah Run 5k, Cincinnati (09/04/2011)
2011 Ryan Serber 8k Classic, Toledo (09/04/2011)
5th Annual Oktoberfest 5k Bier Run, Berea (09/05/2011)
6th Annual Leap For The Tigers 5k, Upper Arlington (09/05/2011)
2011 Holiday At Home 5k, Kettering (09/05/2011)
11th Annual Run for the Trails 5k, Seville (09/05/2011)
27th Annual Labor of Love Run, Akron (09/05/2011)
6th Annual Miles for Smile 5k Run & 1 mile Walk, Cleveland Heights (09/05/2011)
22nd Annual Kiwanis Labor Day 4 mile Run/Walk, Newton Falls (09/05/2011)
33rd Annual Mercy Metric 10 & 5k Run/Walk, Cincinnati (09/05/2011)
7th Annual Run to Remember 5k Run/Walk, Cincinnati (09/10/2011)
4th Annual Cincinnati Panerathon to Fight Hunger 5k, Cincinnati (09/10/2011)
2011 Race For The Cure, Cleveland (09/10/2011)
2011 Believe & Achieve 5k & 10k Trail Race, Kirtland (09/10/2011)
2011 Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5k, Cincinnati (09/10/2011)
Warrior Dash Ohio II, Carrolton (09/10/2011)
2011 College Hill Rhythm Race 5k, Cincinnati (09/10/2011)
3rd Annual Patriot 7k, Coldwater (09/10/2011)
2nd Annual ORPHANS ALL 2011 5k Run/Walk, Massillon (09/10/2011)
2011 Freedom Walk 5k, Columbus (09/10/2011)
2011 Beavercreek Popcorn Festival 5k, Beavercreek (09/10/2011)
2011 Ballville Township Fire/Rescue 911 Run 10k & 5k, Fremont (09/10/2011)
2011 Fairfield Medical Center Run for the Heart 5 mile Race, Lancaster (09/10/2011)
6th Annual River Run Half Marathon, Berea (09/11/2011)
2011 Meatball Madness 5k, Kettering (09/11/2011)
2011 Strides for Hope 5k, Columbus (09/11/2011)
6th Annual Run For The Jug 5k, Delaware (09/11/2011)
2nd Annual Who Dey 5k, Cincinnati (09/11/2011)
7th Annual New Albany Walking Classic Half Marathon & 10k, New Albany (09/11/2011)
2011 Walk, Run & Roll 5k, Galena (09/17/2011)
15th Annual Air Force Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Dayton (09/17/2011)
2011 Pursuit of Liberty 5k, Liberty Township (09/17/2011)
2011 Invisible Children 5k, Columbus (09/17/2011)
Inaugural Hell Run Columbus, Thornville (09/17/2011)
4th Annual SFC Dan Crabtree Memorial 5k, Gahanna (09/17/2011)
2011 Leipsic Fall Festival 5k Run/Walk, Leipsic (09/17/2011)
2nd Annual Newark Booster Club 5k Race, Newark (09/17/2011)
2011 Taking Strides for Kids 5k, Hilliard (09/17/2011)
2nd Annual Lorain County's Voices For Recovery 5k, Elyria (09/17/2011)
2nd Annual OCRA Run For The Record 5k, Brecksville (09/17/2011)
6th Annual Mandy's Sunshine 5k Run/Walk, Greenville (09/17/2011)
Garraway XC/Jeremy Lower Scallywag Sprint 5k, Sugarcreek (09/17/2011)
2nd Annual 5k Wellness Run/Walk, Xenia (09/17/2011)
2011 Between The Rivers Towpath 5k Run/Walk, Akron (09/17/2011)
2nd Annual Blue Ribbon 10k for Prostate Cancer, Youngstown (09/17/2011)
2011 Cruise In 5k Run/Walk, Pataskala (09/17/2011)
2011 Northeast Ohio Mudathlon, Windham (09/17/2011)
4th Annual Run for the Hills 5k & 1 mile Fun Run, Macedonia (09/17/2011)
2011 IHS Pharmacy & Wellness 5k, Xenia (09/17/2011)
North Coast 24 Hour Endurance Run 2011, Cleveland (09/17 – 09/18/2011)
8th Annual Natatorium 5k & 1 Mile Run/Walk, Cuyahoga Falls (09/18/2011)
6th Annual Sandy Ridge Half Marathon & 10k, Elyria (09/18/2011)
2011 JFS Race To End Domestic Violence 5k, Bexley (09/18/2011)
2011 Dash For Dad 5k, Columbus (09/18/2011)
7th Annual Race With Grace 5k, Medina (09/18/2011)
2011 Wellness In The Woods: Olentangy 5k, 10k, & 10 mile, Worthington (09/18/2011)
2nd Annual St. Ignatius Run For Murph 5k Run & 1 mile Walk, Cleveland (09/18/2011)
Inaugural AHSA Ray of Hope 5k, Powell (09/18/2011)
2nd Annual Mayor Kevin Kennedy's 5k Race & Walk, North Olmsted (09/18/2011)
10th Annual Cleveland Heroes Run 5mile & 2 mile Race, Cleveland (09/18/2011)
8th Annual Miller Boat Line 5k at Put-In-Bay, Put-In-Bay (09/24/2011)
2011 The Miami Valley School Run for the Rams (Free), Dayton (09/24/2011)
Inaugural Parma Hospital's 5k Run & 1 mile Walk for Wellness, Parma (09/24/2011)
5th Annual Plain City 4 mile Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Plain City (09/24/2011)
Greater Cincinnati Race for the Cure 5k & 2 mile, Cincinnati (09/24/2011)
2011 Greater Dayton 5k Run/Walk, Dayton (09/24/2011)
Inaugural One Step At A Time 5k Run/Walk, Defiance (09/24/2011)
2nd Annual Chase-N-Tail Pitsburg Lion's Club 5k Run/Walk, Pitsburg (09/24/2011)
Inaugural Wiseman Wild Run 5k , Beavercreek (09/24/2011)
2011 Rhythm & Shoes 5k, Delaware (09/24/2011)
Germantown 50k Trail Run, Germantown (09/24/2011)
2011 Healthy Solon 5k & 1.5 mile Run, Solon (09/24/2011)
2nd Annual Beach City 5k, Beach City (09/24/2011)
2011 Moxee Mini 2.62 Mile Run, Blue Ash (09/24/2011)
9th Annual Road Runner Akron Marathon & Half Marathon, Akron (09/24/2011)
2nd Annual Rainbow 'Round The Zoo 5k Run & Walk, Cleveland (09/25/2011)
2011 EAS 10 miler & 5k, Hilliard (09/25/2011)
7th Annual Cat Caper 5k, Clintonville (09/25/2011)
2011 Tutu Trot 5k, Springboro (09/25/2011)
2011 Convoy Community Days 5k, Convoy (09/25/2011)
5th Annual Building Blocks for Kids 5k, Mason (09/25/2011)
5th Annual Sophie's Angel Run 5k, Cincinnati (09/25/2011)
Inaugural Leadership UD 5k Run/Walk, Dayton (09/29/2011)


2011 Atomic Racing Triathlon Series, Bellbrook (09/04/2011)
2011 Revolution 3 Cedar Point Triathlon, Sandusky (09/11/2011)
2011 Great Ohioan Triathlon & Duathlon, Delaware (09/11/2011)
2011 Hueston Woods Triathlon and Duathlon, College Corner (09/11/2011)
Sprint Adventure Race - Duathlon, Findlay (09/17/2011)
2011 Akron Kids Triathlon & Duathlon, Akron (09/17/2011)
2011 Triathlon For The Cure - Portage Lakes, Akron (09/17/2011)
Alan's Elite Race Triathlon 2011, Akron (09/17/2011)
2011 Portage Lakes Triathlon & Duathlon, Akron (09/18/2011)
University of Dayton Triathlon, Dayton (09/18/2011)
North Shore Border War Triathlon & Duathlon, Geneva (09/25/2011)


2011 STOMP Bicycle Adventure, Peninsula (09/03/2011)
2011 Bike The C-Bus Tour, Columbus (09/03/2011)
10th Annual Manatoc Experience (09/03 – 09/04/2011)
2011 Holmes 100, Millersburg (09/10/2011)
2011 Tour De Donut, Arcanum (09/10/2011)
2011 Lionheart CX Race, Mason (09/10/2011)
41st Annual Hancock Horizontal 100, Findlay (09/11/2011)
30th Annual Dry Run Westerville Bicycle Tour, Westerville (09/11/2011)
4th Annual Pedal for Pets, Columbus (09/17/2011)
2011 West Branch Mini Enduro, Ravenna (09/18/2011)
NEOC 38, Newton Falls (09/18/2011)
39th Annual Irish Hills Tour, Toledo (09/18/2011)

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 October for next month’s list of events.