Living in the great state of Ohio, we are fortunate to have hundreds of races to participate in. Whether you are a road runner or trail runner, run longer or shorter distances, Ohio has a race for you.
Most months out of the year are packed full of races, often boasting prize money or participant awards, and frequently benefitting a local cause. This can make choosing a race a little overwhelming, so we picked out our ten favorite ones. See how many of them you can check off this year.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
April 25 & 26, 2020 – Canton
Come and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Football League by participating in the marathon, half marathon, team relay, or 5k. This race is family friendly, benefits the community at large, and focuses on a local charity. Check out the Pro Football Hall of Fame while you’re here and show off show off your ring-shaped finishers medal.
Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
May 3, 2020 – Cincinnati
This race isn’t just a race, it’s the largest weekend party in Cincinnati. The party starts on Friday and goes all the way until Saturday. With options ranging from a 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, relay races, and kids’ races, this event truly has something for every distance runner.
The Big Run
June 3, 2020 – Lewis Center, Upper Arlington, Worthington
This race is unique because it’s not just taking place in Ohio — it’s a nationwide event. June 3 is Global Running Day, so Fleet Feet partnered with Brooks and Nuun to celebrate and host 5ks across the country. All results from the certified races will funnel into a national leaderboard to determine the fastest runners and age groupers in the country with some pretty exciting cash prizes. Ohio features Lewis Center, Upper Arlington, and Worthington as its own race locations.
Van Wert 4 Mile
July 11, 2020 – Van Wert
This race kicks off in beautiful downtown Van Wert and boasts a flat and fast course. Featuring the traditional 4 miler, a “border battle” between teams, as well as kids’ races, this popular event attracts athletes from all over Ohio and nearby states. Stick around after the race for a post-race party that features duck races, live music, beer tent, food, and fun.
August, 2020 – Cleveland
If longer distances aren’t for you, look no further than the Cleveland Guardian Mile. This race takes place across the iconic Hope Memorial Bridge, flanked by the Guardians of Transportation. The Guardian Mile features an elite section with professional runners from all over the world as well as an exciting post-race party. If you are looking to test your speed or push yourself in a unique race, then this race is for you.
Cleveland Beer 5k
September 5, 2020 – Cleveland
The Beer 5K is an event that celebrates everything local. Local running, local drinking, and local charities. This event brings together area microbreweries and the running community to enjoy a fun, athletic event with a relaxing beer tasting after party.
Youngstown Peace Race 10k
October 11, 2020 – Youngstown
Founded in 1975 by Youngstownian runner and activist Jack Cessna, this race was created in an effort to bring athletes together for a day of friendship, understanding, and competition. It has hosted renowned athletes from all over the world and still accomplishes Cessna’s vision today. The race winds through scenic Mill Creek Park at the height of its fall foliage before ending in downtown Youngstown.
Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
November 22, 2020 – Columbus
Did someone say chocolate?? This course features “sweet stations” — that means you don’t have to wait until the finish to enjoy some hot chocolate or other tasty goodies. Along with a finishers medal, all participants get a hot chocolate goodie bag. This race can’t get any sweeter.
Western & Southern Thanksgiving Day Race
November 26, 2020 – Cincinnati
Celebrating its 110th anniversary last Thanksgiving, this race claims the title of oldest road race in the Midwest. If you’re looking to shake up your turkey trot, join the over 8,000 competitors this year in Cincinnati.
Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk
December, 2020 – Cleveland
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outside. Join the Arthritis Foundation in Cleveland in your favorite holiday costume and run (or walk) for a cure. This race is a great way to have some fun while doing good — 100% of registration proceeds go to a great cause.
Ten Great Races in Ohio