5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Can't Stop Running Company Naked Run
    The Can't Stop Running Company Naked Run is a prediction 5K race.  The "Naked" means there is no Garmin, no watches, no Ipod or music and no phones.  Before the race begins, runners tell the organizers their predicted finish time.  The runners who finish closest to their predicted finish time win.  The top 3 males and females who are closest to their finish time prediction will receive prizes.  This Ohio 5K is an out and back course on the Piqua P.A.T.H. that starts near Lock Nine Park.  There is no t-shirt included with registration, but the 5K only costs $15.
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    Piqua 14 January 2017 Runsignup
    Rite Aid Cleveland 5K
    The Rite Aid Cleveland 5K is open to runners and walkers of all skill levels.  Registration for the Rite Aid Cleveland 5K includes a cotton short-sleeved t-shirt and a Finisher's Medal.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 2 male and female finishers in each age group category.  The Rite Aid Cleveland 5K takes place at Public Square and features a flat and fast course.
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    Cleveland 20 May 2018 Clevelandmarathon
    Jingle Bell 5K
    The Jingle Bell 5K is a flat and fast 5K that takes runners through the Canfield Fairgrounds.  The Jingle Bell 5K is walker friendly and there is a kid's run.  This Ohio 5K race event benefits the Youngstown Road Runners Club Scholarship Fund.
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    Canfield 30 December 2017 Runsignup
    Pancakes & Resolutions Run
    The Pancakes & Resolutions Run offers runners a fun themed race that is perfect for the entire family.  The first 500 registrants will receive a Finisher's Medal and a stainless steel travel coffee mug.  Registration also includes a post-race breakfast and race shirt.  All proceeds from this race will support local charities.  The 3.1 mile race starts and finishes at Miamisburg Community Park and is an out and back course.
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    Miamisburg 1 January 2018 Zoomracingusa
    A Christmas Story 5K
    The Christmas Story 5K starts on Huron Road at the former Higbees Department Store and finishes at the house from "A Christmas Story".  This Ohio 5K starts at 9:00 am and is a very family friendly race.  All finishers receive a Finisher's Medal that features the famous leg lamp from the movie.  There will be a post-race awards ceremony complete with Christmas music.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers, the top male and female Masters finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Cleveland 2 December 2017 Achristmasstoryrun
    World Race for Hope
    The World Race for Hope takes place on New Year's Day and is presented by the Free To Run Foundation.  This Ohio 5K takes place at the First Place Christian Center.  Registration includes a cotton t-shirt.  There is also a virtual race option for those who do not live in the Dayton, OH area and would still like to be a part of the event.
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    Troy 1 January 2018 Runsignup
    Garage Sale 5K
    The Garage Sale 5K takes place at Edgewater Park at 10:00 am.  Those who pre-register will receive a Hermes race shirt.  Registration also includes chip timing and post race food and water.  This Ohio 5K is open to the first 500 participants.  Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finisher.
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    Cleveland 21 January 2017 Hermescleveland
    Dash to the Docks
    The Dash to the Docks offers a 1K Kids Run and a 5K Run/Walk.  Proceeds from this Ohio 5K race event will support the Toledo Rowing Club.
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    Toledo 28 January 2017 Active
    Love Run
    The Love Run takes place at the Towne Center with a 9:00 am race start.  Registration includes a post-race breakfast and chocolate fountain.  Participants also receive a custom race long-sleeved shirt and gloves if registered by January 14th.  Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  All of the first place winners will receive chocolates with their award.  Proceeds from The Love Run 5K will benefit the Avon Lake High School Athletic Boosters.
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    Avon Lake 4 February 2017 Hermescleveland
    Black Squirrel 5K Race
    The Black Squirrel 5K Race takes place at 8:00 am and is named after the Kent State University's unofficial mascot.  This 3.1 mile race is a loop course that begins and ends at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the campus of Kent State University.  Runners are taken through the campus along the Esplanade and Portage Bike and Hike Trail.  Registration includes chip timing, a gender specific t-shirt if registered by March 25th, and a post-race buffet.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 male and female overall winners.  Medals will be given to the top 3 male and female winners in each age group category.
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    Kent 14 April 2018 Kent

    About 5k races

    A 5K is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular event you are looking into running.  5Ks are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and newcomers as well.  5Ks are also something fun for families to do together.

    How did we choose the best 5K events in Ohio?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around, the race swag and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  There are currently 1,674 5K races in the state of Ohio.  Most of these 5K races are held in May, September and October, with over 200 events in each month.

    What are the best 5K races in Cleveland?

    There are many 5K races to choose from as the Cleveland area is host to many  5K races throughout it's many communities.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs and others are racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5K running events in Cleveland include A Christmas Story 5K, the Garage Sale 5K, and the Rite Aid Cleveland 5K.  These are just a few of the many 5K events in the Cleveland Area.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Cincinnati Cyclones Frozen 10K
    The Cincinnati Cyclones Frozen 10K is hosted by the Cincinnati Cyclones professional hockey team.  This 6.2 mile race gives runners views of the Ohio River and a tour of Cincinnati's Transit Center.  Registration includes a long-sleeved tech shirt, post-race hot chocolate and 1 Cyclones Voucher that is good for any regular season home game.  This Ohio 10K starts at 9:00 am and is walker and stroller friendly.
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    Cincinnati 10 February 2018 Cycloneshockey
    Flying Pig Marathon Toyota 10K
    The Flying Pig Marathon Toyota 10K starts near the Great American Ball Park, along Second Street.  The 6.2 mile course takes runners across the Taylor Southgate Bridge into Kentucky, crossing the Ohio River.  Runners cross the Ohio River back into Ohio via the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge.  Then, runners pass the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Paul Brown Stadium.  The Toyota 10K actually has instituted corrals and corral placement is based on your expected finish time.  All participants will receive a race shirt, limited-edition poster, virtual goodie bag, a Finisher's Medal, Mylar Blanket and post-race refreshments.  The male course record of 30:32 was set in 2014 and the female course record of 38:00 was set in 2012.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Cincinnati 6 May 2018 Flyingpigmarathon
    Holly Jolly 10K
    The Holly Jolly 10K takes place at the City of Piqua Municipal Government Complex.  This Ohio 10K starts at 10:00 am and is an out and back course.  This 6.2 mile race takes runners along the Piqua P.A.T.H (Piqua Athletic Trail for your Health).  Registration includes a long-sleeved cotton t-shirt.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group division.
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    Piqua 2 December 2017 Runsignup
    A Christmas Story 10K
    The Christmas Story 10K starts on Huron Road at the former Higbees Department Store and the turnaround point is at the house from "A Christmas Story".  This Ohio 10K starts at 9:00 am and is a very family friendly race.  All finishers receive a Finisher's Medal that features the famous leg lamp from the movie.  There will be a post-race awards ceremony at the Renaissance Hotel complete with Christmas music.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers, the top male and female Masters finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Cleveland 2 December 2017 Achristmasstoryrun
    Buckeye Classic 10K
    The Buckeye Classic 10K takes place in the Highbanks Metro Park at 9:00 am.  All participants receive a long-sleeved gender specific tech shirt, a Finisher's Medal and post-race food and beverage.  The famous M3S Sports Race-Day Playlist will highlight favorite Ohio State University songs.  This annual Ohio 10K is limited to 500 participants.  The Buckeye Classic 10K is a fairly difficult trail run that features a mix of paved and non-paved paths as well as some steep hills.  The starting elevation is 787 feet with runners reaching a maximum elevation of 965 feet.  Runners experience a total elevation gain of 308 feet during the 6.2 mile race.
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    Lewis Center 12 November 2017 M3ssports
    W&S Thanksgiving Day 10K
    The W&S Thanksgiving Day 10K was voted one of the best Turkey Trots in the country.  The 2017 race is the 108th annual event!  This Ohio 10K starts and finishes at Paul Brown Stadium, home to the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.  All participants will receive running gloves, a McDonald's All-Day Breakfast Card, a KIND Bar, a Finisher's Certificate, a gender specific long-sleeved shirt, post-race food and drink, and entertainment along the course.  The 6.2 mile course is walker friend and takes participants across bridges for some gently rolling hills.  Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers and the top 10% finishers in each age group category.
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    Cincinnati 23 November 2017 Thanksgivingdayrace
    Chocolate & Beer Sweetest Day 10K
    The Chocolate & Beer Sweetest Day 10K is sponsored by Key Sports.  All participants receive a long-sleeved race t-shirt, Kilwins Chocolate, an after party drink ticket and light appetizers, a Finisher' Medal, and a Custom Pint Glass.  Awards will be given to the top male and female overall finishers.  The Chocolate & Beer Sweetest Day 10K takes place at the Brixx Ice Company.
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    Dayton 21 October 2017 Chocolateandbeersweetestday
    Halloween Hustle
    The Halloween Hustle offers a 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Walk.  This Ohio 10K is a road race that takes runners through the historic streets of downtown Wellington.  This is a Halloween themed 10K and participants are encouraged to dress up.  The Halloween Hustle 10K starts and finishes at Wellington Town Hall.  This is a fast and flat course.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  There will also be awards for the male and female with the best Halloween costumes.
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    Wellington 14 October 2017 Wellingtonroadrace
    Community Harvest Moon Run
    The Community Harvest Moon Run offers runners a scenic and challenging cross country trail course.  All participants will receive a long-sleeved logo t-shrt, a goodie bag, and food and drink coupons for the after-race celebration.  This is a family-friendly event and there is a special chaperoned kid's area where you can leave your children while you are completing the 6.2 mile race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and the top male and female finisher in each age group category.
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    East Canton 1 October 2017 Runsignup
    Countryside YMCA Applefest 10K Run
    The Countryside YMCA Applefest 10K takes place as part of the Lebanon, Ohio Applefest.  This 6.2 mile race takes runners along  the bike trail with a turnaround point, finishing at the YMCA.  Participants who pre-register are guaranteed a t-shirt.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers.  All participants will receive an Applefest pin.  The race begins at 9:00 am.  This is the 27th year for the Applefest 10K run.
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    Lebanon 30 September 2017 Countrysideymca

    About 10k races

    A 10K is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5K and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5K, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10K events in Ohio? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  According to Running in the USA, there are 2,004 10K races in Ohio with over 200 10K race events held in April, May, June, July, September and October.

    What are the best 10K races in Ohio?

    There are many 10K races to choose from in Ohio as there are many communities and neighborhoods that host race events.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs and other are racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10K running events in Ohio include the A Christmas Story 10K, the Flying Pig Marathon Toyota 10K and W&S Thanksgiving Day 10K.  There are just a few of the many 10K races held throughout the state of Ohio.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Flying Pig Half Marathon
    The Flying Pig Half Marathon takes runners through Cincinnati, Newport and Covington.  This Ohio half marathon is flat for the first 5 miles and then runners experience a 370 feet elevation gain to mile 10.  The last 3 miles are downhill.  All participants will receive a race shirt, limited-edition poster, virtual goodie bag, a Finisher's Medal, Mylar Blanket and post-race refreshments.  The male course record of 1:09:09 was set in 2009 and the female course record of 1:20:48 was set in 2008.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Cincinnati 6 May 2018 Flyingpigmarathon
    Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon
    The Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon takes runners on a scenic course through Canton.  The Ohio half marathon will start at the Stark County Fairgrounds.  Runners will get a stadium finish as they run into Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.  There will be water and entertainment every mile of the race.  The course record for men is 1:10:08 and women is 1:20:39.
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    Canton 29 April 2018 Hofmarathon
    Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon
    The Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon offers runners a fast and flat course with great views of Downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie.  The 13.1 mile course takes runners past major landmarks in Cleveland.  All finishers will receive a short-sleeved tech t-shirt and a Finisher's Medal.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  This Ohio Half Marathon also has a walking division and the top 5 male and female overall finishers in this division will receive an award.  All awards will be mailed 4-6 weeks after the race.
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    Cleveland 20 May 2018 Clevelandmarathon
    Run & Ride Cedar Point Half Marathon
    The Cedar Point Half Marathon starts at 6:30 am and takes runners through Cedar Point Amusement Park, over the causeway surround on both sides by Lake Erie and then through Downtown Sandusky.  This Ohio Half Marathon is an out and back course.  Registration includes a Finisher's Medal, a weekend pass to Cedar Point, a race t-shirt and post-race food.  Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in each category.  Park entry discounts will be available for friends and family.
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    Sandusky 10 June 2018 Runandriderace
    The Brokeman's Half Marathon
    The Brokeman's Half Marathon takes place at Smith Farms at 8:00 am.  This Ohio Half Marathon is a wave start and takes runners on multi-use trails and features many rolling hills.  This 13.1 mile race is an out and back course.
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    Columbus 1 October 2017 Brokemans
    Athens Half Marathon
    The Athens Half Marathon is a flat, fast and scenic race that highlights the small town charm of Athens.  This historic Ohio half marathon starts at 8:00 am near Ohio University College Green.  The Athens half marathon finishes in Pruitt Field on the Ohio University Track.
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    Athens 15 April 2018 Athensohiomarathon
    Glass City Half Marathon
    The Glass City Half Marathon starts west of the University of Toledo campus and finishes on the 50 yard line of the University of Toledo Rockets Glass Bowl Stadium.  All finishers receive a Finisher's Medal.
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    Toledo 22 April 2018 Glasscitymarathon
    Capital City Half Marathon
    The Capital City Half Marathon starts at 8:00 am.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal and a gender-specific race shirt.  This Ohio half marathon will feature a wave start.  There will be pace teams available.  There will be a post race party.  All finishers will receive one Coors Light, one slice of Papa John's pizza, one margarita, and one sparkling wine.  The post race party will be accompanied by live music entertainment.
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    Columbus 28 April 2018 Capitalcityhalfmarathon
    Youngstown Half Marathon
    The Youngstown Half Marathon takes runners through Mill Creek Park.  This gives runners plenty of shade, scenic views and limits running on busy city streets.  This Ohio half marathon is a USATF certified course.  All finishers receive a Finisher's Medal and a race t-shirt.  Awards will be given for top age group finishers, top Master's finishers and top Grand Master's finishers.
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    Youngstown 9 June 2018 Youngstownmarathon
    Little Miami Half Marathon
    The Little Miami Half Marathon is a flat and fast race that offers runners scenic views of the Little Miami River.  This 13.1 mile course takes runners along a shaded bike path, starting at Phegley Park.  Registration includes a technical running shirt, a Finisher's Medal and post race food and beverages.  Awards will be given to the top male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Morrow 12 August 2018 Littlemiamihalf

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon of 26 miles.  The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance, and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states.  The growth rate of participants for the half marathon distance is currently higher than that of the full.  According to Running In the USA, there are 100 half marathons in the state of Ohio.  Most of these half marathons take place in April, June, August, September and October with at least 10 events each month.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Ohio?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the event has been around, the runner perks and Finisher's Medals, what runners thought of the event and how scenic the 13.1-mile course is.

    What are the best Half Marathon events in Columbus?

    There are many popular half marathon events in Columbus, Ohio.  As the capital and largest city in the state of Ohio, it is an ideal location for a half marathon event.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and other racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the more notable half marathon events include the Brokeman's Half Marathon and the Capital City Half Marathon.  There are many more Half Marathon events, so these are just a sampling of what is available to runners.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Columbus Marathon
    The Columbus Marathon starts at 7:30 am and is a relatively flat course.  This Ohio marathon is sponsored by Nationwide Children's Hospital.  The Columbus Marathon is Ohio's largest marathon.
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    Columbus 15 October 2017 Columbusmarathon
    Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
    The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is one of the 50 oldest marathons in the nation.  It is an award-winning marathon.  The fast and flat marathon course makes it a great Boston Marathon qualifier.  This Ohio marathon course offers runners scenic views of Downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie.  The 26.2  mile course takes runners past major landmarks in Cleveland.  All finishers will receive a short-sleeved tech t-shirt and a Finisher's Medal.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Cleveland 20 May 2018 Clevelandmarathon
    Flying Pig Marathon
    The Flying Pig Marathon takes runners through Cincinnati, Covington, Newport, Mariemont, Fairfax and Columbia Township.  All participants will receive a race shirt, limited-edition poster, virtual goodie bag, a Finisher's Medal, Finisher's Jacket, Mylar Blanket and post-race refreshments.  The male course record of 2:20:25 was set in 2006 and the female course record of 2:34:35 was set in 2002.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  The male and female with the fastest final mile in each age group will also receive an award.
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    Cincinnati 6 May 2018 Flyingpigmarathon
    Athens Marathon
    The Athens Marathon is a flat, fast and scenic race that highlights the small town charm of Athens.  The Athens Marathon is Ohio's longest running marathons, making it a historic event.  This historic Ohio marathon starts at 8:00 am near Ohio University College Green.  The Athens marathon finishes in Pruitt Field on the Ohio University Track.  The 26.2 mile course is USATF certified and a Boston Qualifier.
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    Athens 15 April 2018 Athensohiomarathon
    Youngstown Marathon
    The Youngstown Marathon takes runners through Mill Creek Park.  This gives runners plenty of shade, scenic views and limits running on busy city streets.  All finishers receive a Finisher's Medal and a race t-shirt.  Awards will be given for top age group finishers, top Master's finishers and top Grand Master's finishers.
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    Youngstown 3 June 2018 Youngstownmarathon
    Glass City Marathon
    The Glass City Marathon starts west of the University of Toledo campus and finishes on the 50 yard line of the University of Toledo Rockets Glass Bowl Stadium.  The Glass City Marathon is a USATF certified event, which makes it a qualifying marathon for the Boston Marathon.  All finishers receive a Finisher's Medal.
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    Toledo 22 April 2018 Glasscitymarathon
    Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon
    The Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon takes runners on a scenic course through Canton.  The Ohio marathon will start at the Stark County Fairgrounds.  Runners will get a stadium finish as they run into Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.  There will be water and entertainment every mile of the race.  The course record for men is 2:28:40 and women is 2:59:22.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon also has a Team Relay option.
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    Canton 29 April 2018 Hofmarathon
    Air Force Marathon
    The Air Force Marathon starts at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at 7:25am.  This Ohio marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Medallion.
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    Dayton 15 September 2018 Usafmarathon
    FirstEnergy Akron Marathon
    The FirstEnergy Akron Marathon will start at 7:00 am and takes runners on a 26.2 mile tour of Akron's neighborhoods and Downtown Akron.  Runners finish inside Canal Park Stadium where there will be a Finisher Festival.  All finishers will receive an ASICS Half Zip, a Finisher's Medal, a Commemorative 15-Year Running Hat and post race pizza and beer.  The FirstEnergy Akron Marathon is a USATF Certified course and is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 5 male and female overall finishers, the top 3 male and female Masters finishers, and the top 3 male and female finishers who are Ohio residents.  The top 5 male and female finishers in each age group category will receive recognition awards.  The current men's marathon record is 2:15:59 and the current women's marathon record is 2:39:09.
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    Akron 29 September 2018 Akronmarathon
    Northern Ohio Marathon
    The Northern Ohio Marathon starts at 7:30 am in Beach State Park.  The 26.2 mile course takes runners through Northern Mentor, Willoughby and along Lake Erie.  There is a relay option for the Northern Ohio Marathon.  A team of 5 runners can complete the marathon distance.  All finishers will receive a tech race shirt and a Finisher's Medal.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  The Northern Ohio Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  This Ohio marathon is part of the Lake Health Running Series and the first and only marathon in Lake County.
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    Mentor 1 October 2017 Lakehealthrunning

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2017 there are currently more than 800 events being held in North America, and that number is consistently growing.  Over 90% of these marathons are being held in the United States, with 7%  being held in Canada.  About 72% of these marathons are certified, which means they are Boston Marathon Qualifiers.  September and October are the most popular months for marathon events, with over 100 in each month.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Ohio?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the event has been around, the runner perks and Finisher's Medals, what runners thought of the event and how scenic the 26.2-mile course is.  Eight of the ten marathons described above are qualifiers for the Boston Marathon.

    What are the best Marathon events in Ohio?

    There are many popular marathon events in Ohio.  Ohio is home to 27 marathons with most of these held in April, September and October.  Some of the more notable marathon events include the Flying Pig Marathon, the Columbus Marathon and the Athens Marathon.

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  • Ultra Races
    Name City Date Website
    Winter Buckeye Trail Run
    The Winter Buckeye Trail run starts and finishes at MD Garage.  This Ohio ultra is a fundraiser for Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  The course alternates between two out and back sections.  One section is 5 miles in length and the other section is 8 miles.  All finishers receive a Finisher's Medal.  Registration for the Winter Buckeye Trail Run is limited to the first 150 runners.
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    Peninsula 28 January 2018 Westernreserveracing
    Old Girdled Grit 50K
    The Old Girdled Grit 50K takes place at 7:30 am at Lake Metroparks Environmental Learning Center.  This ultra marathon course takes runners through three parks.  Runners complete a 2 mile trail loop, a 9 mile trail loop, and an out and back on 1.75 miles of road that connects the two trails.  This 31.1 mile course takes runners across a suspension bridge, wooden bridges, steps and hills.  The Old Girdled Grit 50K is part of the Lake Health Running Series.  This Ohio ultra marathon is limited to 300 runners.
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    Concord Township 24 February 2018 Lakehealthrunning
    Buckeye Trail 50K
    The Buckeye Trail 50K starts and finishes at the Oak Grove Picnic Area in the Brecksville Reservation.  The course is an out and back course that takes runners on a single track trail that includes about 2,500 feet of elevation gain and 2,500 feet of elevation loss.  Registration includes a gender specific short-sleeved t-shirt and a Finisher's Medal.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers, and the top male and female finishers in 5 age group divisions.  This Ohio ultra is limited to 175 participants.
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    Brecksville 7 July 2018 Verticalrunner
    Feral Hog 50K
    The Feral Hog 50K is a one loop course that takes runners along the trails of East Fork State Park.  This Ohio ultra offers runners a challenging course with nice variety of terrain.  The course is 99% dirt and is well-marked.  All finishers will earn a Finisher's Medal.  A special award will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers.  Registration includes a shirt if it is completed by September 1st.  There will be an after race festival where all finishers will receive an adult beverage.
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    Cincinnati 7 October 2017 Feraladventures
    Conquer the Castle
    The Conquer the Castle ultra marathon consists of bridle path, single track trails and about 2 miles of paved path per 16 mile loop.  This Ohio ultra marathon offers 50K and 100K distances.  The 50K participants will run 2 loops and the 100K participants will run 4 loops.  Those who finish the 50K in less than 8 hours will receive a buckle.  Those who finish the 100K in less than 17.5 hours will receive a buckle.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers for each distance.
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    Willoughby Hills 11 November 2017 Conquerthecastle
    Regal Beagle Ultra
    The Reagle Beagle Ultra that takes runners through the 404 acre Bath Nature Preserve.  This Ohio ultra marathon is a looping course, with each loop measuring about 5 miles.  Those running the 50K will complete 6 loops.  This Ohio 50K course consists of a variety of terrain.
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    Bath 2 December 2017 Ultrasignup
    Bigfoot 50K
    The Bigfoot 50K consists of a looping course, with each loop measuring 10.4 miles.  This Ohio ultra marathon takes runners through Salt Fork State Park and runners will complete 3 loops to cover the 50K distance.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in 3 age group categories.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal and a gender specific long-sleeved shirt.
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    Cambridge 9 December 2017 Westernreserveracing
    Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic 50K
    The Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic 50K starts at 8:00 am at Mill Creek Park.  The start and finish for this Ohio ultra marathon is the Log Cabin on Lake Glacier.  The course for this ultra marathon is mostly wooded single-track trail with some pavement.  The Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic 50K is a looping course.  There is a limit of 125 registrants for this ultra marathon.
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    Youngstown 16 September 2017 Wp
    Yo Mommas Old School
    The Yo Mommas Old School offers a 50K and a 50 miler.  This Ohio ultra marathon starts and finishes on the west side of Hargus Lake.  This is a looping course on 97% trail, with each loop measuring 4 miles.  Those running the 50K will complete 8 loops of the course and the 50 mile runners will complete 14 loops of the course.  Finishers will be given a Yo Momma Old School shirt and a Finisher's Award.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers for each race distance.
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    Circleville 30 September 2017 50sforyomomma
    Germantown 50K
    The Germantown 50K is part of the 50K Trail Series that is presented by the Ohio River Road Runners Club.  This Ohio ultra marathon starts and finishes at the Cottonwood Shelter in Germantown Metropark.  For the 50K race, runners complete 4 loops, with each loop measuring 7.75 miles.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Award.
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    Germantown 23 September 2017 Orrrc

    About Ultra Races

    An Ultra Marathon is any distance greater than a Marathon (26.2 miles).  Some Ultra race distances include 50K, 50 miles, 100K or 100 miles.  Ultra Marathons can also be timed events, where runners run as far as they can in a set amount of time.  These races range from 6 hours up to 24 hours or more.

    How did we choose the best Ultra Marathon events in Ohio? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  Ohio is home to 41 Ultra Marathons.  Most of these Ultra Marathons are held in May, June and September, but there is at least 1 Ultra Marathon held each month throughout the year.

    What are the best Ultra Marathon events in Ohio?

    Whether you are looking for a timed race or a particular distance, Ohio offers several different Ultra Marathons to choose from.  Some are walker friendly while others are very challenging and feature technical terrain.  Ohio is also home to several Ultra Marathon Relays.  Some of the top Ultra Marathons in Ohio include Conquer the Castle, the Old Girdled Grit 50K and the Buckeye Trail 50K.

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