Lace up those sneakers because October is the month to get your legs moving for a good cause. This special edition of Best Bets is your guide to helping those in need during the walks and runs.
AIDS Walk Central Ohio Created in honor of OSU medical faculty member Dr. Robert J. Fass, this memorial walk supports HIV and AIDS awareness in Franklin County. The 2012 5K walk/run is Saturday, Oct. 6, and money raised goes to various area charities including Camp Sunrise, The Ohio AIDS Coalition and the Columbus AIDS Task Force. There is no registration fee for kids 12 and under, and adult registration begins at $20. The walk/run starts at 9:30 a.m. Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-340-6715, aidswalkcentralohio.com Kidney Walk The Columbus Commons is hosting the Columbus Kidney Walk, a national event from the National Kidney Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 14. Funds raised support the 26 million Americans with kidney disease. The Columbus event begins at 10 a.m., and participants donate to the cause by setting a fundraising goal. Register individually or form a team. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-882-6184, donate.kidney.org Torch Relay The national relay series is making a stop in Columbus on Sunday, Oct. 14. Each year, the 5K walk raises money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, including Nationwide Children's Hospital. Join the community at Livingston Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. Along with the walk there will be children's activities, games and more. Online registration is $20 for adults (plus another $10 donation to Children's Hospital) and free for kids 12 and under. Livingston Park, 700 Children's Dr., Columbus 43205, 1-800-409-2544, torch-relay.org/columbus Red Nose Children's Run The youngsters might not be old enough for the Columbus Marathon, but they can certainly take part in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Red Nose Children's Run! Taking place the day before the marathon (Saturday, Oct. 20), the circus-themed event has different distances based on age group for participants ages 1 to 14 (don't worry, parents, the one-year-olds are only crawling 60 yards!). Registration is $10 per child, and the run starts at 1 p.m. Franklin Park Adventure Center, 1747 E. Broad St. (East Side), Columbus 43203, 614-421-7866, columbusmarathon.com Step Up for Stefanie Support breast cancer awareness and the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Awareness on Sunday, Oct. 28. The race is held at Ohio Stadium, and includes both a 5K and a 2 mile walk/run. Register individually, or form a team with friends and family. The entry costs vary depending on the race and date of registration. And don't forget the post-race family party with activities and entertainment! Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr. (Campus), Columbus 43210, stepupforstefanie.org