Five Road Races in Ohio

Discover the sights and sounds of autumn on foot.

The fleeting heat of Ohio summers turns to crisp cool air in Autumn, creating the perfect weather for running and outdoor activities throughout the state. Kick up some fall leaves and consider participating in an Ohio road race this season. Support an Ohio nonprofit organization while enjoying the health benefits of outdoor exercise.

Who let the dogs out?
Don’t leave Fido at home. Take him with you to the First Annual Fast and Furriest 5K Run/Walk in Salem. Held on Nov. 9, the race starts at 8:45 a.m. with a 500-meter dog dash. Dogs and owners can participate in the 9:15 a.m. run/walk that begins at Pavilion 8 in Waterworth Memorial Park off Superior Avenue. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Columbiana County. Visit for more information.

Warm your hands and heart

Warm your hands with a cup of hot cocoa and warm your heart by going the extra mile for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Participants of the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K Run in Columbus enjoy a pre-race chocolate expo, as well as the opportunity to run either a smaller or longer race route. The race takes place on Nov. 17, and both the 5K and 15K start at 7:30 a.m. in the Arena District in downtown Columbus. Visit to learn more.

Take the turkey

Forget the trophies. Top runners of the Kent State Turkey Trot are awarded turkeys for their talents. This annual event takes place on Nov. 23 at Kent State University’s Stark campus in North Canton. The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with a short children’s run, and the 5K starts at 9 a.m. In addition to a small entry fee, the cost to participate includes the donation of a food item to the Stark County Hunger Task Force. More information is available by visiting

Wattle your way

Get a head start on burning Thanksgiving calories by participating in the Second Annual Thanksgiving Wattle to be held Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) in Grove City. The 5K run/walk begins at 9 a.m. and will start and finish on Lamplighter Drive. Winners of the race will be rewarded with pumpkin pies. At least 50 percent of the proceeds from the race will benefit local Grove City charities. Visit to register or learn more.

Step back in time

Enjoy the beauty and back roads of Amish country while participating in the Amish Half Marathon and 5K in Berlin on Nov. 30. Old barns, Amish buggies and the colors of autumn will be your backdrop as you begin your run on State Route 39, east of Berlin. The Half Marathon begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the East Holmes Volunteer Fire Departments and the Berlin Main Street Merchants. Additional information can be found by visiting

Head outdoors and beat the wintery weather while running some of Ohio’s most picturesque locations.

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