Tot Trot and Fun Run Are a Treat For Fleet Feet

10:22 am Sunday, April 29, 2018

Parents can expect to see dozens of area youths smiling from ear to ear while participating in the 2018 Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic’s Fun Run and Tot Trot events.

The events will be held on the morning of Saturday, May 26, along Water Street in downtown Wheeling.

Sponsored by Ohio Valley Parent Magazine, the Tot Trot is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. near Heritage Port. The 100-yard dash event is for ages 5 and under, with the 4-and-5-year-olds race first, followed by 3 and under.

Registration will be from 7:30-8:45 a.m. The event is free for participants. All entrants will receive a finish award ribbon and Tot Trot participants also will receive a goodie bag.

Prior to the start of the Tot Trot, the mile-long non-competitive Fun Run (for ages 12 and under) will begin at 8:20 a.m. at the marathon start-finish line and end on Water Street. Each participant will receive a Fun Run T-shirt. There is a fee to participate in the event. However, parents can run with their children at no charge or pay a fee and receive a T-shirt.

OV Parent Editor Betsy Bethel said parents should try arrive early to the Water Street area because there will other fun activities offered for children throughout the morning.

Oglebay’s Good Zoo will provide animal displays and the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley will offer other activities.

Bethel said it’s fun to watch children run down Water Street during the event because many of them are participating with their parents.

“Some of them are toddlers … it’s so cute,” Bethel said. “We do warm-up stretches with the kids before the race.”

Parents can register ahead of time online at through May 14.

Parents are asked to check-in at the OV Parent tent on Water Street prior to the start of the events.

The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic Walk will start at 7:30 a.m. May 26, followed by the Half Marathon Classic Run at 8 a.m.

The 5K will follow at 8:15 a.m. The start and finish lines are at 14th and Main streets.

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