Races With a Twist (and not just in the route)

Back Roads and Beaches Run, Wine and Dine
It’s that time of year again! The weather is warmer, the days are longer, and local races are popping up left and right. Have you ran the same local 5k every year for as long as you can remember? Looking for a way to spice things up while still getting your competition fix? Here’s a sampling of unique events happening this summer that might be just what you’re looking for.


What changes things up more than a race where you bike, swim, and run all in the same event?

Findley State Park, Wellington Ohio
This particular event of the Ohio Police and Fire Games has been opened to the public so anyone is welcome to participate in this race. If you’re a first responder and are interested in the other games, click here.

July 7 27th Annual NCN Summer Triathlon/Duathlon
Lakeview Park, Lorain Ohio
Held at beautiful Lakeview Park in Lorain, this is an annual tradition for many athletes. You can’t beat Lake Erie for a great triathlon venue. Which brings us to….

Linwood Park, Vermilion Ohio

Is racing a family event in your house? Do you want it to be? Bring your kids, siblings, nieces, nephews, or even little cousins to the Kids Tri and Du and start grooming a new training partner! Cheer them on to the finish Saturday, then stick around and trade places on Sunday for the Vermilion Harbour Tri and Du. You can register for either or both events here

Unique Races

These runs have some really fun and different aspects to them. All the benefits of a standard 5k with a little something special. 

Copopa Elementary School, Columbia Station Ohio
You read that correctly! In this race you can choose to run or skate your way to the finish line. This will definitely be a one of a kind experience!
Oberlin Inn, Oberlin Ohio
What’s the most unique thing about this event? The 5 pm start time, or maybe the glass of post-race beer, wine, or soda included in registration? Don’t forget to stick around after the race for the live music! This is sure to be a great time for you and the cheering section you bring along!


Don’t worry cyclists- we didn’t forget you!

Findley State Park, Wellington Ohio
This single track mountain bike race is all about the ride! Get training for The Thorn Trail Time Trial and see how well you can navigate this challenging path compared to fellow cyclists. 

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