Races & Triathlons

Time to let out your inner athlete and show the world what you've got!

Whether it's a triathlon, trail run, or road race, it's time to let it all out and race toward the finish line for a personal best time or just your first race. Proceeds from most events support financial assistance to low-income individuals and families through our YMCA Annual Campaign.

Check out the information listed below for a YMCA race or triathlon in your neighborhood.


2021 Date TBD
Please read below if you have registered:

The Heights Half Marathon planning committee would like to take this time to explain what has been decided moving forward during this COVID-19 quarantine time and our upcoming race on May 30th. With the ever-changing status of our country and the rules and regulations in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, our committee has been working very hard to come up with the best solution at this current time. Unfortunately, we do not have a solution to every question you may have but ask for patience and understanding at this time.

Due to the uncertainty of what the next few weeks hold, our committee has decided to give our runners three different options for the Heights Half Marathon and 5K races. We ask that all participants who have signed up to make a decision by May 15, 2020 so we are able to best accommodate you during this time. Please contact Heather Hogge at hhogge@daytonymca.org for your race decision and any other questions you may have pertaining to the change of the Heights Half Marathon.

For those of you who have registered for the Kids Color Run, we are postponing that run until October 3, 2020. If you are unable to attend the Kids Color Run on that date, you do have the option to donate your admission to the YMCA of Greater Dayton or defer until next year.

1. Virtual Race

Instead of meeting into a large gathering and running together, we are offering a virtual option of running the Heights Half Marathon or 5K. The virtual race offers you the opportunity to run on a day that works for you and a course of your choosing. For the virtual option, you will be contacted by our race director for specific instructions in logging your race. You will have from May 15-August 30, 2020 to complete your race distance. Once you have logged your race, you will be awarded a metal and shirt that can be picked up at the Huber Heights YMCA in August. Virtual race participants will also receive a coupon for $15 off next year’s race admission to the Heights Half Marathon and 5K to be used in 2021. Registration for the virtual race option will remain open until August 30, 2020.

2. Donation

The YMCA of Greater Dayton puts on many races and other events throughout the year to help our community and offer scholarships to the members of our community who are not able to afford a full membership to the YMCA through the Annual Campaign. This year, our annual campaign has afforded us the ability to turn many of our YMCA’s into pandemic childcares. These pandemic childcares allow the essential personal in the Greater Dayton area to work serving our community during this difficult time. All those participants who are able to donate their admission to the YMCA of Greater Dayton will allow our pandemic childcares to remain open as long as they are needed and continue to help fund scholarships to families in our area once our YMCA’s are up and running again in the community. All those who have kindly decided to donate their admission with receive a $15 coupon good towards the Heights Half Marathon and 5K to be used in 2021.

3. Deferral

If you are not comfortable completing our virtual race this year, you are able to defer your race to next year. The Heights Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Color Run will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Have questions? Contact Heather Hogge at hhogge@daytonymca.org


The Coffman Sprint Triathlon 
AUGUST 29, 2021

Join the Coffman YMCA and Milano’s as they host the Sprint Triathlon with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Strong Kids Campaign. This race is great for the novice but also challenging enough for the more seasoned triathlete. The triathlon will begin and end at the Coffman Y.

• Start with a 300 yd swim that will take place in the pool. It will be a serpentine swim. Swimmers will enter pool according to estimate swim time stated at time of registration. Transition will be through the back of pool area to the back of the Y where the Bike Racks will be located.
• The 10 mile bike route will be through-out Springboro and surrounding communities. There will be police along the route at critical traffic points to direct /stop traffic for race participants. The bike route will end behind the Y at the original swim-to-bike transition spot behind YMCA.
• Finish with a 3.1 run through out Settler’s Walk. The route is flat and smooth and will have volunteers along the route to direct participants.

Have questions? Contact Darlene Reid at dreid@daytonymca.org


Alex Ritchie Memorial 5k

October 3rd, 2020

Join us in 2020 for the 16th Annual Alex Ritchie Memorial 5k. For the 10-year-old groupings, the top three will receive awards. Top 3 male and top 3 female will win medals. 

Race will take place at the YMCA at the Heights

For questions, contact Heather Hogge at 937-236-9622 or email at hhogge@daytonymca.org



Come out and compete in the YMCA at the Heights Indoor Triathlon. The format will be a 15 minute swim, 20 minute bike and a 15 minute run with a wave going off every 20 minutes. There will be a men's and women's division. Awards will be given based on distance achieved within the allotted time. Each participant will receive a commemorative shirt. There is no registration on race day so make sure to register early. All proceeds benefit the Annual Campaign 

2021 Date TBD

We want you to challenge yourself to complete a full Ironman Triathlon! Instead of completing it in one day, we are giving you 6 weeks! All ages and fitness levels welcome. Progress will be tracked on an activity log using an honor system. Finishers medal and t-shirt for everyone that completes challenge.

Open to ages 18 and up
Open to members and the public
Registration is required 

Race takes place at the YMCA at the Heights
7251 Shull Rd, Huber Heights, OH 45424

Complete all three triathlons in the series and receive Y gym bag.
Have questions? Contact Heather Hogge, our Health & Wellness Director at 937.236.9622



Join us as we will run the trails through the golf course at dusk. Speedy Feet will be timing the trail run. Following the 5K there will be music, adult beverages, food, and fun! All participants will receive a glow in the dark shirt, and prizes will go to 1st—3rd place in each age bracket.


For more information, call Amy Waltersheide at 937-836-9622


Your Choice of a 5K or 1 mile fun run where all proceeds go to benefit our LIVESTRONG program for cancer patients and survivors.
2021 Date TBD

Race takes place at the Preble YMCA
450 Washington Jackson Rd, Eaton, OH 45320
Have questions? Contact Becky Morin at bmorin@daytonymca.org



Inaugural Xenia YMCA Hospitality Half Marathon. We offer an awesome tech shirt, a classy finishers medal, an accurate/road-marked/chip timed course, stocked aid stations, post-race refreshments and showers, and THE GREATEST volunteers in the area.

2021 Date TBA

Open to ages 13+

Race takes place at the Xenia YMCA
336 Progress Dr, Xenia, OH 45385

Have questions? Contact Kim Sheehan at ksheehan@daytonymca.org



The Arctic Dash is back and is bigger and better than ever! A challenging 5K adventure obstacle race hosted at YMCA Camp Kern, located just outside Lebanon, OH. We've added some new obstacles to the old favorites and with nineteen challenges over our rugged terrain, you will be pushed to your limit. Swamp pits, mud crawls, wall climbs, military obstacles...we have it all. Are you ready for the next level?

Mud, natural and man-made obstacles, rugged terrain and beautiful surroundings make this race unique; and don’t forget whatever mother nature decides to throw at us!

100% of the proceeds go to help kids go to camp next year!

2021 Date TBA

YMCA Camp Kern
5291 State Route 350
Oregonia, Ohio. 45054

Open to ages 16+
Open to members and the public
Registration is required

Have questions? Contact Chris Addision, the Director of YMCA Camp Kern, at caddison@daytonymca.org

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