What are you running for?

It’s Summertime in Cleveland, and it’s not just the temperature that’s on the rise. The number of approaching charity races is also rising.  What a great way to raise money and improve your health at the same time.  Runners on your mark!

Get set! Here is a rather long list to get you started. Pick your passion, and go for it. Whether you are crazy about the arts or your life has been impacted by a particular form of cancer, there is a race for you.

My 10-yr-old son will be running the Inside the Park Home Run, with proceeds going to Cleveland Furniture Bank’s Beds 4 Kids program, which provides new beds to kids in need throughout Northeast Ohio.  Besides, what kid doesn’t want to run around Progressive Field?


July 22: Wigs for Kids at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. 5K run or fun walk. $30 entry fee includes race entry, T-shirt, and zoo admission. There will also be a Cut-a-Thon! Race begins at 8:30 am.

July 29:  Pat Joyce Scholarship Run at West Park Station. 5K run or 1-mile walk. Proceeds benefit the Pat Joyce Scholarship Fund and long QT syndrome research. $20 entry fee ($25 day of race) includes T-shirt and refreshments. Race begins at 8:30 am.

July 30: Hit a home run! Inside the Park Home RUN at Progressive Field. 4-mile or 1-mile run, as well as  a race around the warm-up track for kids 7 and under. $25 ($30) includes T-shirt, raffle prizes, and refreshments. Plus, discounted Indians’ tickets! Race begins at 9:00 am. All proceeds benefit Cleveland Furniture Bank’s Bed 4 Kids program. For more information, see Go for a Home Run at Cleveland Furniture Bank.

July 30: Race for Home at Edgewater Park. 5K or 1-mile run. The purpose of this race is to raise awareness for the need for foster and adoptive families throughout Northeast Ohio. $20 ($25) fee includes T-shirt, medals for all participants, and refreshments.

July 30: Run, Jane, Run: The Great Obstacle Challenge at Euphoria Health & Fitness. Proceeds from this (29th annual) event support the work of the Cleveland non-profit Women’s Recovery Center, committed to treating addiction and liberating lives lives through holistic, trauma-integrated approach to physical and emotional well-being. Compete as an individual or 4-person team, registration is $40 ($25 for the family-friendly course).


August 5: OutRun Ovarian Cancer

August 5: Cleveland Clinic Race for Independence

August 6: Gift of Life Run/Walk

August 12: Woo Who Urban Obstacle

August 12: Glenville Heritage Run

August 13: Milk Run

August 13: Palumbo Pump and Run

August 19: Run for Recovery

August 19: UNCF

August 20: Believe in Dreams

August 20: Edna House Recovery Race

August 20: They All Matter

August 26: Run for the Arts

August 26: Zero Prostate Cancer Run

August 26: Susan G. Komen Cleveland Race for the Cure

August 27: Fox 8 “Fox Trot”

More info coming soon!

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