OGDEN -- Mother Nature's wrath came a day early for the Ogden Marathon, but also left early, which means today's 12th version of the race should be fast and cool.
A heavy rainstorm rolled through Northern Utah on Friday, but a forecast of clear, cool conditions will greet the nearly 10,000 participants in today's marathon, half marathon, 5K and Kids K race.
The main race begins in South Fork Canyon and follows the traditional course around Pineview Reservoir and down Ogden Canyon, finishing at Historic 25th Street. As many as 20,000 specators will cheer them on.
Fritz Van de Kamp and Stefanie Talley are the two-time defending champions in the men's and women's divisions, respectively.
Local law enforcement agencies advise motorists of road delays in Ogden Canyon as well as the downtown Ogden area as the GOAL Foundation shepherds the runners along the course.
Ogden Canyon motorists should expect delays due to shuttle access only, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and South Fork Canyon should expect delays from 6 to 9 a.m.
Motorists traveling around Pineview Reservoir should also anticipate delays between 6 and 11:30 a.m.
Ogden Canyon will reopen at 1 p.m. and South Fork Canyon will reopen at 9 a.m.
In downtown Ogden, Grant Avenue will be closed between 26th Street and 18th Street until 1:30 p.m. Washington Boulevard will be restricted to one lane in each direction at 18th Street. Park Boulevard will also be restricted to one-way traffic (eastbound) from Washington Boulevard to Monroe Boulevard from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Streets will reopen immediately following the race.
The half marathon begins at Eden Park. The Kimberly-Clark 5K will run the final 3.1 miles of the marathon course and will begin at the George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park at 7 a.m. The Kid's K is a one-mile, fun run, starting and finishing at the Ogden Amphitheater.
For additional information, visit ogdenmarathon.com.