Ogden Half Marathon Packet Pickup Moves to River City in Wheeling

10:21 am Saturday, April 14, 2018

The 42nd running of the Ogden Half Marathon Classic will take on a true “River City” feel this year, as River City Restaurant will serve as host for many of the race-related events.

First, on Friday, May 25, race registration and packet pickup for those who registered in advance for the Half Marathon will be held at River City, located at the corner of 14th and Main streets. Race registration for the past number of years had been across the street from the restaurant, in the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center.

Packet pickup on race day, Saturday, May 26, also will be held at River City starting at 6 a.m.

Then, following the race, River City will serve as host for the post-race pasta dinner and also, for the first time, the annual Ogden Half Marathon awards ceremony.

The ceremony is being moved from Wheeling’s Heritage Port indoors to help make the runners more comfortable.

According to Assistant Race Director Joe Lovell, River City offers a climate-controlled environment, in addition to a very convenient location, for those who’ve just run or walked 13.1 miles along one of the toughest half-marathon courses in the country.

“This offers a great location for all of us. We believe it will work out very well,” Lovell said.

River City owner Jason Miller, a regular participant in Wheeling’s distance race, said he is looking forward to having his business play a bigger part in the race. River City is located adjacent to the race’s start/finish line.

“We’re thrilled to be involved with this great event,” Miller said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase a lot of what downtown Wheeling has to offer.”

As for the May 26 race, Miller said he will likely eat a significant amount of pasta the night before the race, as well as once he reaches the finish.

“I have run it several times. We’ll see how it goes,” Miller said of his race predictions.

The Half Marathon kicks off a weekend full of activities to help celebrate the beginning of summer. Along with the showcase 13.1-mile running event, there’s the Half Marathon Walk, the 5K Run and Walk for Health, the Ogden Fun Run, and the Tiny Tot Trot, sponsored by OV Parent.

Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit Laughlin Memorial Chapel.

For more information on the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic, call Assistant Race Director Joe Lovell at 304-233-0100, ext. 208, email him at jlovell@theintelligencer.net or visit ogdenhalfmarathonclassic.com.

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