Beginner Friendly Running Events in Dayton

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MAY25
Superhero Donut Run

The 5K, 10K, and Fun Run begin and end at Centerville High School football stadium. Join us after the race for food, awards, and of course, Bill's Donut's famous donuts!

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Superhero Donut Run

Dayton, OH, USAView event
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The 5K, 10K, and Fun Run begin and end at Centerville High School football stadium. Join us after the race for food, awards, and of course, Bill's Donut's famous donuts!

$35 - $45
Superhero Donut Run
MAY25
Furry Skurry 5K

Its a birdIts a planeIts the most SUPER event of all! Dust off those capes and grab your super pet! Its time for Furry Skurry & Furry Fest!

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Furry Skurry 5K

Down to Earth Investments, 20 S Main St, Dayton, OH 45402, USAView event
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Its a birdIts a planeIts the most SUPER event of all! Dust off those capes and grab your super pet! Its time for Furry Skurry & Furry Fest!

$35
Furry Skurry 5K
JUN1
SICSA Lift Your Leg 5K, 10K & 1 Mile

SICSAs Lift Your Leg helps thousands of animals annually by raising critical funding for their care and adoption. Each year, over 1,200 people and their dogs join together and raise money, run and walk in support of animals in need. Participants can choose between the 10K, 5K, and a fun 1-mile course.

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SICSA Lift Your Leg 5K, 10K & 1 Mile

Centerville High School, 500 E Franklin St, Dayton, OH 45459, USAView event
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SICSAs Lift Your Leg helps thousands of animals annually by raising critical funding for their care and adoption. Each year, over 1,200 people and their dogs join together and raise money, run and walk in support of animals in need. Participants can choose between the 10K, 5K, and a fun 1-mile course.

$30
SICSA Lift Your Leg 5K, 10K & 1 Mile
MAY25
Rocky's Run for Freedom
Germantown, OH, United States

This race is held each year the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend in honor of Rocky Zanowick who was from Miamisburg and who died while serving his country. In 2017 this race had Team Fastrax skydivers jump in the American flag to the start the race. If you were there, you know it was amazing. If you weren't there, you should come this year. You will be proud to be an American!

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Rocky's Run for Freedom

Veterans Memorial Playground, 190 W Warren St, Germantown, OH 45327, USAView event
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This race is held each year the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend in honor of Rocky Zanowick who was from Miamisburg and who died while serving his country. In 2017 this race had Team Fastrax skydivers jump in the American flag to the start the race. If you were there, you know it was amazing. If you weren't there, you should come this year. You will be proud to be an American!

$25
Rocky's Run for Freedom
JUL20
Sunshine Community Fund 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Beavercreek, OH, United States

All proceeds will benefit the The Wright-Patt Credit Union (WPCU) Sunshine Community Fund. The Sunshine Community Fund was established to support and positively impact local non-profit organizations.

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Sunshine Community Fund 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run

Dominick Lofino Park, 640 Grange Hall Rd, Beavercreek, OH 45430, USAView event
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All proceeds will benefit the The Wright-Patt Credit Union (WPCU) Sunshine Community Fund. The Sunshine Community Fund was established to support and positively impact local non-profit organizations.

$15 - $25
Sunshine Community Fund 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
MAY23
Luxottica Health and Fitness Week 5K

Luxottica 5K Run and Walk and 1 Mile Run, Walk or Crawl. This is a private event for employees and contractors.

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Luxottica Health and Fitness Week 5K

115 W Main St, Mason, OH 45040, USAView event
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Luxottica 5K Run and Walk and 1 Mile Run, Walk or Crawl. This is a private event for employees and contractors.

Free
Luxottica Health and Fitness Week 5K
SEP7
Wild, Wild West Run
Beavercreek, OH, United States

If you ever wanted to be a cowboy for a day then this 5K & 10 Miler race is for you.

This Ten Miler/5K runs through this hills and around the town of Dogwood Pass, the replica of an old west town complete with an Old Saloon, Jail, Gun Shop and Livery Stable. Both the Ten Miler and 5K start at 9:00 AM

This event is a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House charity of Central Ohio, and a donation portion of every race entry fee will benefit the charity.

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Wild, Wild West Run

Beavercreek, OH, USAView event
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From the organiser

If you ever wanted to be a cowboy for a day then this 5K & 10 Miler race is for you.

This Ten Miler/5K runs through this hills and around the town of Dogwood Pass, the replica of an old west town complete with an Old Saloon, Jail, Gun Shop and Livery Stable. Both the Ten Miler and 5K start at 9:00 AM

This event is a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House charity of Central Ohio, and a donation portion of every race entry fee will benefit the charity.

$30 - $65
Wild, Wild West Run
JUL20
Warren County Fair Fun Run
Lebanon, OH, United States

This 5K Fair Fun Run begins on the track and the course runs through the neighboring Colonial Park and finishes back on the track at the Fairgrounds, so family and friends can see the race to the finish line!

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Warren County Fair Fun Run

313 E Silver St, Lebanon, OH 45036, USAView event
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This 5K Fair Fun Run begins on the track and the course runs through the neighboring Colonial Park and finishes back on the track at the Fairgrounds, so family and friends can see the race to the finish line!

$20
Warren County Fair Fun Run
JUN1
Dayton Beer 5K

The Beer 5K is open to anyone 21 and over that likes to exercise by running/walking, drinking local craft beer, or supporting a local charity and businesses. We have something for everyone. We also have volunteer options if you do not want to run/walk or drink beer.

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Dayton Beer 5K

Down to Earth Investments, 20 S Main St, Dayton, OH 45402, USAView event
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The Beer 5K is open to anyone 21 and over that likes to exercise by running/walking, drinking local craft beer, or supporting a local charity and businesses. We have something for everyone. We also have volunteer options if you do not want to run/walk or drink beer.

$50
Dayton Beer 5K
JUN2
Oy Vey 5K

Look for a new course this year... still the same great race. Prize money for the top male and top female finishers. All proceeds to benefit Temple Israels Social Action Fund which supports programs and activities designed to positively impact the entire community.

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Oy Vey 5K

Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Dr, Dayton, OH 45405, USAView event
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Look for a new course this year... still the same great race. Prize money for the top male and top female finishers. All proceeds to benefit Temple Israels Social Action Fund which supports programs and activities designed to positively impact the entire community.

$25
Oy Vey 5K
JUN2
Running with Pride 5K

Please join us in celebrating Dayton Pride! This is a family 5k run/walk with all proceeds benefiting PFLAG Dayton's Educational Programs.

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Running with Pride 5K

1601 S Edwin C Moses Blvd, Dayton, OH 45417, USAView event
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From the organiser

Please join us in celebrating Dayton Pride! This is a family 5k run/walk with all proceeds benefiting PFLAG Dayton's Educational Programs.

$30
Running with Pride 5K
JUN8
The Crossroads 5K Presented by New Balance Dayton
Vandalia, OH, United States

Join us for the Crossroads 5K at the Vandalia Recreation Center. Enjoy a fast, family friendly, fun 5K and a 1 Mile Kids Fun Run.

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The Crossroads 5K Presented by New Balance Dayton

Vandalia Recreation Center, Vandalia, OH 45377, USAView event
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Join us for the Crossroads 5K at the Vandalia Recreation Center. Enjoy a fast, family friendly, fun 5K and a 1 Mile Kids Fun Run.

$8 - $40
The Crossroads 5K Presented by New Balance Dayton
JUN29
Burn Your Half Off Ohio, An Awesomesauce Event

We're taking our sugar skull-themed, perennial summer favorite from Tennessee - Burn Your Half Off - on the road to Ohio! What's better than running by yourself? Running with a bunch of crazy fun people, that's what! Spend your Saturday morning with a bunch of the funnest runners you've ever met and earn yourself a sugar skull medal!

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Burn Your Half Off Ohio, An Awesomesauce Event

Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Rd, Dayton, OH 45431, USAView event
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We're taking our sugar skull-themed, perennial summer favorite from Tennessee - Burn Your Half Off - on the road to Ohio! What's better than running by yourself? Running with a bunch of crazy fun people, that's what! Spend your Saturday morning with a bunch of the funnest runners you've ever met and earn yourself a sugar skull medal!

$40 - $60
Burn Your Half Off Ohio, An Awesomesauce Event
JUN29
5K-9 Run Walk Wag
Miamisburg, OH, United States

Come help us support Miamisburgs New Dog Park by joining us for a 1 Mile, 2 Mile and 5k for dogs and the people they own. These accurate courses start and finish in Miamisburgs Community Park.

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5K-9 Run Walk Wag

Miamisburg Community Park, 550 S 1st St, Miamisburg, OH 45342, USAView event
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Come help us support Miamisburgs New Dog Park by joining us for a 1 Mile, 2 Mile and 5k for dogs and the people they own. These accurate courses start and finish in Miamisburgs Community Park.

$20
5K-9 Run Walk Wag
JUL4
Americana 5K
Wapakoneta, OH, United States

Come for the race, stay for the parade and the largest single-day festival in the state of Ohio! This race is a great way to start your 4th of July!

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Americana 5K

Auglaize County Fairgrounds, 1001 Fairview Dr, Wapakoneta, OH 45895, USAView event
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Come for the race, stay for the parade and the largest single-day festival in the state of Ohio! This race is a great way to start your 4th of July!

$25
Americana 5K
JUN8
Justin Back Be a Hero 5K
Waynesville, NC, United States

Come out to celebrate Justin Back's life and help raise scholarship funds for 2020's graduates who share Justin's Hero qualities at Waynesville High School and Warren County Career Center. Proceeds also funds Hero Baskets for students and their families.

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Justin Back Be a Hero 5K

Waynesville Middle School, 495 Brown Ave, Waynesville, NC 28786, USAView event
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Come out to celebrate Justin Back's life and help raise scholarship funds for 2020's graduates who share Justin's Hero qualities at Waynesville High School and Warren County Career Center. Proceeds also funds Hero Baskets for students and their families.

$25
Justin Back Be a Hero 5K
JUL10
Englewood 5K
Englewood, OH, United States

Join us for our out and back mostly on the bike path. First .5 mile is mostly a fast downhill meaning the last .5 mile is slightly uphill.

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Englewood 5K

40 S Main St, Englewood, OH 45322, USAView event
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Join us for our out and back mostly on the bike path. First .5 mile is mostly a fast downhill meaning the last .5 mile is slightly uphill.

Englewood 5K
JUL20
1/2 Way to Christmas Half
Miamisburg, OH, United States

It's the most wonderful time of the year again this July! Celebrate Santa and his elves, Christmas trees, lights, cookies & more as you run through Christmas themed music, decorations, costumes and more! Plus ornament finisher medals, Christmas cookies, festive aid stations, tree lighting and pictures with Santa! You can never have too much Christmas, and so come join us for a jolly good time this summer. We have races for all ages and abilities; beginners welcome!

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1/2 Way to Christmas Half

Miamisburg, OH, USAView event
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From the organiser

It's the most wonderful time of the year again this July! Celebrate Santa and his elves, Christmas trees, lights, cookies & more as you run through Christmas themed music, decorations, costumes and more! Plus ornament finisher medals, Christmas cookies, festive aid stations, tree lighting and pictures with Santa! You can never have too much Christmas, and so come join us for a jolly good time this summer. We have races for all ages and abilities; beginners welcome!

$40 - $90
1/2 Way to Christmas Half
SEP4
DeWeese Park 5K

This is a beautiful flat 5k (3.1 mile) course on paved recreation paths that loops through 3 scenic Dayton parks (DeWeese Park, Triangle Park, and Island MetroPark) along the banks of the Stillwater and Great Miami Rivers.

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DeWeese Park 5K

Dayton, OH, USAView event
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This is a beautiful flat 5k (3.1 mile) course on paved recreation paths that loops through 3 scenic Dayton parks (DeWeese Park, Triangle Park, and Island MetroPark) along the banks of the Stillwater and Great Miami Rivers.

DeWeese Park 5K
JUL20
Brigid's Path Rattle Run
Springboro, OH, United States

Rattle Run is a 5k run/walk with proceeds benefitting Brigid's Path, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides inpatient care to newborns suffering from prenatal drug exposure as well as care and education for their mothers. The organization is run entirely off of donations and is making significant strides in addressing the consequences of the opioid epidemic in Dayton and surrounding areas.

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Brigid's Path Rattle Run

North Park, 195 Tamarack Trail, Springboro, OH 45066, USAView event
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From the organiser

Rattle Run is a 5k run/walk with proceeds benefitting Brigid's Path, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides inpatient care to newborns suffering from prenatal drug exposure as well as care and education for their mothers. The organization is run entirely off of donations and is making significant strides in addressing the consequences of the opioid epidemic in Dayton and surrounding areas.

$25
Brigid's Path Rattle Run
AUG11
DLM Good Neighbor 5K
Centerville, OH, United States

Join us for our annual 5K, a family-friendly event that routes through the neighborhoods near DLM Washington Square. Renamed to honor DLM's Good Neighbor Program, the DLM Good Neighbor 5K brings runners and walkers of all ages from the community together

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DLM Good Neighbor 5K

Centerville, OH, USAView event
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From the organiser

Join us for our annual 5K, a family-friendly event that routes through the neighborhoods near DLM Washington Square. Renamed to honor DLM's Good Neighbor Program, the DLM Good Neighbor 5K brings runners and walkers of all ages from the community together

DLM Good Neighbor 5K
SEP20
Air Force Marathon

Come and be a part of history! The Air Force Marathon is an annual endurance event held the third Saturday of September at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. First held in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Air Force, the Air Force Marathon has grown into a 13,500 participant event, with runners from all fifty states and many foreign countries. Marathon weekend features four event distances, a full marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5K race as well as other exciting events including our Sports and Fitness Expo, Gourmet Pasta Dinner, Finish Line Festival and After Party. Our Boston Qualifying full marathon course is rife with historic aviation sites and finishes at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, taking runners not just on a journey of 26.2 miles but one of over 110 years in military airpower history. Wont you come join us?

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Air Force Marathon

Dayton, OH, USAView event
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From the organiser

Come and be a part of history! The Air Force Marathon is an annual endurance event held the third Saturday of September at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. First held in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Air Force, the Air Force Marathon has grown into a 13,500 participant event, with runners from all fifty states and many foreign countries. Marathon weekend features four event distances, a full marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5K race as well as other exciting events including our Sports and Fitness Expo, Gourmet Pasta Dinner, Finish Line Festival and After Party. Our Boston Qualifying full marathon course is rife with historic aviation sites and finishes at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, taking runners not just on a journey of 26.2 miles but one of over 110 years in military airpower history. Wont you come join us?

$35 - $45
Air Force Marathon
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What you need to know about Beginner Friendly Running Events

Whether you’re completely new to running or just getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got some great race recommendations to get you started. Chosen by our team, these are some of our favourite events for first-timers. 5k races & 10k races are perfect for beginners, they tend to be relatively flat (always check the elevation just in case) and there’ll usually be a great crowd to cheer you on.

Find the right running event for you

To keep motivated try to run with friends and to organise a race a few months away as something to work towards. Running as a sport is very inclusive, people love to chat and give a boost to those around them! Practice makes perfect so with the right training you can achieve anything. Start small and it won’t be long before you’re a total professional tackling the bigger races.

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