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The start of the 2012 Blue Jay 5K Jog N Jam.

The start of the 2012 Blue Jay 5K Jog N Jam.

Get fit AND give alms! Run a 5K race for a Catholic cause. If you don’t see your race here, send the particulars to us at

Updates are coming in now for 2014. Events in red have the 2013 information and are provided for general planning purposes — sponsors have not confirmed dates and times.




April 5, St. Rita CCR 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run in Winton Woods (Cincinnati). Course: Winton Woods. Cause: St. Rita Comprehensive Communications Resources. Race time: 9 am; Kids Fun Run immediately following. Race fee: $15 (13 and over), $10 (12 and under), no fee 3 and under; add $5 for t-shirt. Same-day registration $20. Race will be chip timed; prizes to male and female age group winners. After-race celebration with music, dancing, refreshments. Register online here.

April 6: Elder Family Fun Walk. This fundraising 5K, in its fifth year, has no associated race. Elder invites alumni, family, and friends to the event featuring children’s activities, live music, and food at “The Pit.” Course: Price Hill streets around the school. Cause: Elder High School general tuition fund and a designated charity. Fee: $10 (maximum $40 for families) for pre-registrants.


April 12: 4rd Annual Blue Jay Jog n Jam 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run. St. Joseph Consolidated School PTO sponsors this race. Course: Mostly flat course around lake in VORA Technology Park, Hamilton. Cause: St. Joseph Consolidated School. Race time: 9 am. Fee: $25 with t-shirt ($30 after 3/28), $15 under age 12 ($20 after 3/28). Fee includes Dri-Fit shirt and one Chinese Raffle ticket. Certified, time-chipped course; post-race picnic. Register online here.

April 12: Annual Incline to the Finish Line 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run. Course: Challenging course around St. Joseph Home in Sharonville (OH) ends with an up-hill climb and a famous cheering section. Cause: St. Joseph Home, the only agency in Hamilton County providing residential and respite programs to non-ambulatory, non-verbal and medically fragile infants, children and adults. Race time: 9 am. Fee: $35 (includes wicking t-shirt) through 3/20, $45 after; $30/member for teams of four or more; breakfast following race at Waffle House (no fee). Register online here.

April 12: Annual St. Louis School “Cardinal Crawl.” Bring a donation to the food pantry on race day. 5K Run-Walk-Crawl sponsored by St. Louis School (Batesville, IN). Cause: St. Louis School and local food pantry. Race starts: 9 am. Fee: $15/person, $40/household, including t-shirt. To register download registration form here.

April 26, Second Annual St. Joseph Church 5K Walk/Run (North Bend, OH). Course: Begins at St. Joseph Church and proceeds through the village of North Bend and Cleves (new route). Race time: 9 am. Race fee: $20 ($15 for youth 18 and younger); $25 on site. T-shirts $10. Awards for top male and female finishers in various age groups and overall; post-race celebration with food, music, more. Part of St. Joseph Festival. To register online click here.

May 3, St. Vincent de Paul Dayton Spring 5/K Walk. NEW for 2014 (replaces non-sanctioned Fall Friends of the Poor® Walk. Race time: 10 am. Race fee: $20 before April 15 (includes t-shirt). Chip-timed; teams welcome. Register online here.

May 3,4: Flying Pig Marathon Weekend. 5K and 10K Saturday; Marathon and half Marathon Sunday. Many Catholic charities benefit from Cincinnati’s Flying Pig events — including Run for the Call, which raises money to help seminarians at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary pay their room and board.


May 11: Christ the King Family Fun Run. Our Lord Christ the King parish sponsors this race. Course: A flat 5K run for adults and a 1-mile run for kids at Otto Armleder Park in Linwood. Cause: Cardinal Pacelli School Education Fund. Fee: $20 adult; $10 child; $50 family; $75 sponsor (t-shirt included with registrations made before April 27). Pizza, Gatorade, and soft drinks provided. Register online here.


May 17: Paige’s Princess Run. This family 5K in memory of Paige Helene Alessandro, a St. Maximilian Kolbe parishioner, will be held at Wyandot Elementary School in Liberty Township (OH) and followed by a Family Carnival. Course: Through Summerlin, Liberty Township. Cause: Paige’s Princess Foundation. Race time: 9 am (racers) 9:05 am (families). Many runners wear princess skirts and fairy wings. Fee: $25 adult; $15 youth; $60 families with 3-6 participants (on-site registration, add $5). Register online here. 



JUNE (Date not set): Chatfield College Solomon’s 5K Fun Run/Walk. Course: The St. Martin’s campus of Chatfield College. Cause: Chatfield College. Course is flat; strollers and leashed pets permitted. Details to come.


June 8: Annual St. Gertrude 5K Run/Walk, “Run to Remember.” The race will help grieving families by forming teams to run in tribute to families who have suffered a loss. Course: Through Madiera (Cincinnati). Cause: St. Gertrude. The race is part of the parish’s three-day festival, so many other activities follow. Race time: 8:30 am.


June 8: 21st Annual Run for the Poor. The St. Martin District Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul sponsors this annual race. Course: Around St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parisn in Milford/Mt Repose (CIncinnati). Cause: SVdP Conferences in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, and Warren Counties. Race time: 9 am. Fee: Prerestration $15 (t-shirts available for $10); race day registration $20 (t-shirts $12). Register online here.


June 15: Third Annual Father Klein Memorial 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Holy Name of Jesus parish in Trenton (OH). Cause:  Edgewood Ministerial Association Food Pantry and Local Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF). Course: Three laps of Trenton Community Park’s one-mile trail. Race time: 10 am. Race fee: $20; $15 students and seniors (includes t-shirt) $10 student (no t-shirt); registrations after May 31st will not receive shirt. Prizes, ribbons, divisions for men and women 40 and over, and under 40. Refreshments and snacks following race. Download a registration from at the link above.


June 15: Holy Angels Parish Picnic 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Holy Angels (Sidney, OH). To view and print the registration form, go to and click on forms.


June 22, First Annual Ascension 5K Run/Walk. Course: Around Ascension parish, Kettering (OH). Cause: Ascension Church. Race time: 8:15 am. Race fee: $20 before June 1 (includes t-shirt; male or female fit); $25 June 1 and after (t-shirts as long as they last, male fit only). Race starts at Ascension playground; Ascension Festival follows race. Register online here.


July 4: Firecracker 5K Run/Walk in Wapokoneta. This will be the second year for the race sponsored by St. Joseph Parish and the Auglaize County District Public Library’s Friends of the Library. Course: A nearly flat couse beginning at the fairgrounds and through Wapakoneta. Cause: A variety of Wapakoneta programs, including God’s Storehouse, the St. Joseph chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, youth events, outreach programs, and the library Summer Reading Program. Race time: 9 am. Fee: $18 (includes t-shirt); $22 race day. Register online here:  The race is part of the annual St. Joseph Parish Festival at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, so many activities will follow the finish. Register online here.


July 4: 2nd Annual Pray-Hope-Believe Walk/Run. This 5K and Kids Fun Run at the Colerain Township Municipal complex is dedicated to the memory of Tony Merk and benefits pediatric brain tumor research. The course through a residential area is mostly flat and begins with a downhill start. $20 person/$65 max per family sharing the same address through 7/1/12; late registration $25 person/$75 family. Download a registration form from the website or register online at

July: Running with Saints Summer Festival 5K/Fun Run at Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Aug. 7: Viva la Vida, Lucas Pfander Memorial Alumni Race at Chaminade-Julienne High School (Dayton). Course: CJ campus. Cause: Lucas Pfander Scholarship, annual scholarship for a CJ rising senior. Race time: 6:30 pm (2-mile race for grades K-8), immediately followed by 5K race. Fee: None; all donations accepted. For information call (937) 461-3740 x 238. Can’t be there?  Download a Virtual Race bib at and walk or run for Lucas from anywhere on August 11.



August 10: 31st Annual Newtown 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run. Representatives of the Cincinnati Zoo will be at this race run by St. John Fisher Parish. Course: Moundview Park, Newtown (Cincinnati). Cause: Newtown (OH) Civic Association; St John Fisher Parish;  Inter-Parish Ministries Food Pantry; Newtown (CT) Family Services. Race time: 9 am (may change to 8:30; check with site for final time). Fee: $20 before August 2 (t-shirt included), $25 after (no t-shirt; available for an additional $10). Corporate sponsorship $175 (up to seven runners, t-shirts included). Chip timing; ribbons for all Kids Fun Run participants; prizes for corporate and high school teams. Register online; web site here.


Aug. 15: The Hyde5. St. Mary parish sponsors this annual weeknight, evening run as part of its St. Mary Parish FunFest. Course: Through Hyde Park. Cause: St. Mary parish, outreach programs, and school. Race time: 6:30 pm. Fee: $25, which includes after-party with food and drink. Live music from The Whammies, festival food, and festival events will follow the race. Register online here.


August 17: 8th Annual St. Chris 5K Run for the Youth. Bobblehead trophies to the top three in each age group; overall winners receive free race entry for life. Course: Flat course through Vandalia (Ohio). Cause: St. Christopher youth mission trips. Race time: 8:30 am. Fee: $20. For an entry form, call Lonnie at (937) 890-8557 or click here.


Labor Day Weekend: Annual AlterFest Family 5K  and Kids Fun Run. The Alter Track and Cross Country and Field Boosters Association runs this annual race as part of its Labor Day AlterFest activities. Course: Flat ground and around Alter High School. Cause: Alter Track and Cross Country programs. Race time: 8 am. Contact the school for information; race not online.


Sep: 35th Annual Mercy Metric 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk. Course: Lunken Playfield (Cincinnati). Cause: Mercy Montessori after-school sports program. Race time: 8:30 am all races. Fee: $30 ($20 without a race t-shirt) through Aug. 30. Call (513) 475-6700 for information; register online here.


Sept: Annual Rock Walk at Heritage Park (Colerain Twp., OH). Technically not a race, the 3.5 mile walk benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which does not give funds to Planned Parenthood. Jack Hart, President of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, will emcee. Fee: $20 (maximum $100/family); 8 am registration, 9:30 survivor testimony and recognition ceremony; 10 am walk. For information contact


Sept: St.Timothy (Union, KY) Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk. Race Time: 6:15 pm, free kids fun run at 5:50. Fee: $15 by Sept. 18 (add $12 for long-sleeved race shirt), race day $25. Register at: and This evening race is part of the parish’s Oktoberfest festival; rides, music, and food available.



Sept: CareNet Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky Walk for Life 5K at Florence Freedom Ballpark. Fee: $30/person, $100 family team, $250 student team, $500 adult team. Race time: 10 am. To register online, click here. 


Sept: Sophie’s Angel Run. This annual race in memory of Sophie Grace Meinhardt starts and ends at the St. Jude Oktoberfest. Course: Through Bridgetown (Cincinnati) Cause: Pediatric Brain Tumor Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and scholarships. Start time: 1 pm. Race fee: $20/individual ($25 race day), $65 “family plan” (two adults, two children). Online registration at Race is part of St. Jude’s Oktoberfest: Enjoy authentic German food, beverages, music and dance; children’s rides and games.


Oct: 21st Annual Reggae Run. Course: Eden Park. Cause: Nonprofit organizations helping children with special needs. Race is followed by party featuring reggae music. This annual race honors the memory of Maria Olberding and has raised more than $1 million since its inception.


Oct: Running Scared 5K and Fun Run. Sts. Peter and Paul Academy holds this Halloween-themed race as it its major fundraiser; many participants wear costumes. Course: Flat course through Reading (Cincinnati), including Reading Cemetery, that ends at a Halloween Festival. Cause: Youth education. Awards are given at the finish line — no ceremony. Festival includes food, music. Register at


Nov. 8: Cincinnati Right to Life’s Pro-Life Saver 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Dash. Course: Lunken Airport Playfield. Cause: Cincinnati Right to Life. Race time: 8:30 am. New fall date and site for this event for all ages. Walking race is for serious walkers only; if you plan to run or jog at all register for the Run.  After-event festivities. Information and online registration will be available at


Nov: Run for All Souls training event for Run for the Call participants. Train for Flying Pig Marathon events with other Catholic runners and walkers. Simultaneous 1/2-hour training session at four locations in Cincinnati, Troy, Sidney, and Beavercreek. For more information see the Run for the Call blog.


Nov: Annual Turkeyfoot Trot 5K and Kids Run at St. Barbara’s Church (Erlanger, KY). Course: Straight out-and-back along Turkeyfoot Road “with the fastest first mile you’ll ever run.” Cause: Society of St. Vincent DePaul – NKY. Runners and walkers of all ages welcome; free kids’ run follows race. Gift cards will be presented to the overall winning male and female runners and walkers and to the top three runners of each male and female age group. Race time: 9 am. Race fee: $20 pre-reg (includes long-sleeved t-shirt while supplies last); $25 race day. Register at Tri-State Running Company in Edgewood from 10 am – 8 pm Nov. 7th or from 10 am – 6 pm Nov. 8th. Please bring a canned food or personal care item to donate to the SVdP-NKY. For information click here.


Nov: Our Lady of Lourdes Divine Dash 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Sprint. Course: Begins and ends in OLL parking lot. Cause: The Dottie Westerfeld Tuition Fund; the OLL choir and athletic club; Pack 42; Sandy O Fund; and youth group. Race time: 9 am. Race fee: $15 adults additional $10 for t-shirt.  Free Kids Fun Run immediately follows. For information contact Amy at


Nov. 16th, First Annual Knights of Columbus 5k Run / Walk for Vocations at St. Charles Center, Carthegena (OH). Course: Scenic, flat grounds of St. Charles Center and surrounding area. Cause: Vocations awareness and support. Fee: $11 (no shirt included); $20 (with commemorative shirt) pre-registration. Awards to top three male and female runners will include pumpkin pies. Refreshments available after race. For information or to register online click here.


Nov. 23, Saints on the Way 5K at St. Mary School in Alexandria (KY). Race time: 8 am. For information, call (859) 635.9539.


Most annual races are held around the same time each year. Use these dates and information for 2014 meantime as a general planning guide.


March 8: Quo Vadis 5K/10K.
  New race for Covington Latin High School. Course: Around Covington. Cause: Covington Latin School Booster Club. Race time: 9 am. Race fee: $25 for 10K, $15 for 5K (add $5 for same-day regisstration and $10 for t-shirt). 5K and 10K run, 5K fitness walk; awards for top male and female in each race category and age level, food and activities after race. Extra arking available at City Center Garage; shuttle service available to the school. Register online at SPRunning. 

March 8: Annual Cavalier 5K Run/Walk. Course: Around Purcell Marian neighborhood. Cause: Cavalier Athletic Department and events sponsored by the Parents Plus Program (P3). Race time: 9 am. Fee: $20 adults, $10 students (add $10 for t-shirt). Online registration here.

March 24, 6th Annual Ursuline Academy Run for the Lions 5K. Course: A flat course around Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash (Cincinnati). Cause: Ursuline Academy. Pre-race mass at 7:30. Race time: 8:30 am. Fee: Preregistration fees range from $15 (students) to $25; $30 race day. Race will be followed by a breakfast, and awards ceremony, and live entertainment. Register online here. Web site here.

March 29: 7th Annual Guardian Angels School Heavenly Hog Jog and Kids Fun Run. Course: Through Mt. Washington (Cincinnati) with music and fans cheering along the way. Cause: Guardian Angels School. A free after-race party will include food. Race time: 9 am (Kids Fun Run after the race concludes). Web site here.

March 29, Annual St. Vincent de Paul 5K Run/Walk, Sawyer Point, CIncinnati. Benefits SVdP- Cincinnati, and SVdP- NKY. Race time: 9 am. Race course: Begins at the Cincinnatus statue at Sawyer Point, travels across the Purple People Bridge into Kentucky and back. Race fee: $30 adullt, $20 student (add $5 on race day); $18/member for teams of five of more; $10 kids 400 meter dash. Trophies for overall 5K male and female winners and age group winners; participants who raise $100 will receive a water bottle; participants who raise $200 will receive a water bottle and a drawstring backpack; and top fundraisers will be entered in a special drawing. To register, click here.