Ogden Wellness Weekend nearly here

WHEELING — In less than 24 hours, the starting gun will fire and the first participants will step off for the 43rd running — and walking — of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic.

The Half Marathon will be the start of the inaugural Ogden Wellness Weekend, two days of fitness, food, fellowship and fun in downtown Wheeling to help celebrate the Memorial Day weekend and officially kick off the summer. The weekend events taking place Saturday are:

¯ The Ogden Half Marathon Classic Run and Walk, set for a 7:30 a.m. start;

¯ The 5K Run and Walk for Health, at 8:15 a.m.;

¯ The Ogden Fun Run, at 9 a.m.;

¯ The Ogden Tiny Tot Trot, sponsored by OV Parent, at 10:30 a.m.

Following the racing events will be the recovery party, set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A DJ and two live bands will perform at Wheeling’s waterfront during the event, and food trucks and a portable bar being supplied by Carenbauer Wholesale Corp. will be feeding and hydrating attendees.

The fun continues early Sunday morning, with the 13th-annual Ohio Valley Trail Partners Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour. The event pedals off from the waterfront at 8 a.m., with 10-, 30- and 62-mile rides.

Following that, at noon, is the inaugural Tough as Nails Urban Challenge. This 6-mile, 20-obstacle event will test even the fittest competitors with challenges ranging from climbing hundreds of stairs to scaling 8-foot walls. The challenges stress teamwork among competitors.

All of the obstacles for the Tough as Nails have been built by the staff at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, which annually holds its Mud on the Mountain event.

The Ogden Wellness Weekend is sponsored by the Ogden Newspapers and the Health Plan of West Virginia.

The weather on Saturday should hold out through the morning events, and participants should plan for temperatures Saturday morning in the high 60s with moderate humidity. Scattered thunderstorms are predicted through the afternoon.

Sunday will see much of the same, except for an increased chance of showers in the morning and into the afternoon. The bike tour should see temperatures in the mid-60s at its start. By noon, the thermometer could be in the low 70s, with moderate humidity.

The Wheeling Police Department also has issued a traffic advisory related to the weekend events. Starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, cars parked along the race route — which will be clearly marked, with meters bagged — will be towed.

Motorists heading through downtown prior to 11 a.m. should prepare for delays as the race moves through. That should end around 11 a.m.

On Sunday, there will be rolling delays for the bike tour, and then, starting at noon, traffic downtown will be delayed as the Tough as Nails gets under way.

The traffic delays downtown, through Center Wheeling and from Wheeling Heights back downtown will last until about 4 p.m.

Of note for the Wellness Weekend are two items: first, six men — known as the Ogden Ironmen — will participate in their 43rd Ogden Half Marathon. They are Pat Cronin, Dr. John Holloway, Larry Jones, Dave Fiorelli, Michael Lemasters and Tim Cogan. Second, about 30 participants will take part in the inaugural Scatterday Challenge, named for the late Ogden race director Robert “Scat” Scatterday, who died earlier this year.

To complete the Scatterday Challenge, participants must achieve the following:

¯ Running or walking the 13.1-mile Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic;

¯ Biking either 10 miles or 30 miles in the Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour;

¯ Participating in the Tough as Nails Urban Challenge.

“We are really looking forward to a weekend filled with events,” Joe Lovell, Ogden Half Marathon race director, said. “There’s something for everyone.”


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