Say Cheese! Ogden Half Marathon in Wheeling Adding New Photo Service to Race

8:15 am Sunday, April 8, 2018

WHEELING — You’ve just ran more than 13 miles of what many consider to be among the hardest half-marathon courses in the country. The finish line is in sight as you make the final turn and run down 14th Street, and all you can think about is raising your arms in triumph as you cross the stripe.

The last thing you’re thinking about is offering a genuine smile, as the long pull up Wheeling Hill just about a half-mile back, along with the downhill that followed, has your legs on fire. But that’s exactly what organizers of the 42nd annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic are asking finishers to do this year, as photos will be taken of each participant as they cross the finish line and also at several other strategic locations along the 13.1-mile course.

Taking photographs of the participants is a service the race has provided for years, but this year it will work a little different, as the Ogden Half Marathon has partnered with Enmotive, a software company that specializes in race photography, to have photographers stationed along the course. The service is being sponsored by Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration of Wheeling.

The photos taken by Enmotive’s photographers — both action shots from the race and posed photographs of participants and their friends — will be available to download, free of charge, the day of the race. This year’s event is set for Saturday, May 26, starting in downtown Wheeling.

Terry Lewis, who works for RS Racing Systems and represents the Ohio Division of Enmotive, said the company will have at least three photographers taking action and posed photos of participants throughout the morning.

He said the pictures should be available on Enmotive’s website — www.enmotive.com — by the end of the day on May 26.

The photos will be listed by participant name. However, Lewis said the software the company uses identifies each participant by their bib number. Therefore, runners and walkers should ensure their entire number is visible so the software can make the proper identification.

Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration president Robert Contraguerro Sr. said his company is excited about sponsoring the new photography feature of the race.

“It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication to train for a race like this,” said Contraguerro. “Long after the blisters and aching muscles heal, runners and walkers will be able to look back on these photographs and relive their accomplishment. We hope the racers will treasure their race photos.”

Joe Lovell, assistant race director of the Ogden Half Marathon Classic, said the photography feature will be a great new addition to the race and would not be possible without Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration’s sponsorship.

“The race committee is always looking to add to the race to make it one of the top half marathons in the country,” Lovell said.

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 in East Wheeling.

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