OGDEN -- You might need a little luck if you want to run in the 2013 Ogden Marathon.
Race officials say they are considering instituting a lottery to select next year's field of competitors.
"We are researching that," said Jenny Scothern, executive director of the GOAL Foundation, the group that organizes the marathon. "But we want to make sure we have all of our ducks in a row and that it's totally defined and laid out before we finalize it."
Beginning in the Ogden Valley, winding around Pineview Reservoir through Ogden Canyon and finishing at Historic 25th Street in downtown Ogden, the marathon is increasingly popular and gives officials good reason to consider the lottery.
The 2012 marathon was the most successful to date, with 9,095 runners participating, representing 39 states and five countries.
In 2010, the marathon featured 7,577 participants, and 8,568 people ran in 2011.
"It's an amazing event that brings the whole community together," Scothern said. "It's growing every year."
But certain challenges come with that growth.
Scothern said that with nearly 10,000 runners, sheer space can be hard to come by, especially as the course weaves its way through the narrow Ogden Canyon.
"The challenge is how do we continue to grow it with the amount of space we have," Scothern said.
In addition to the 26.2-mile race, the event includes a half marathon, a 5K, a relay and a kids race.
Scothern said other strategies, such as wave or staggered starts, are being considered to accommodate the increasing field of runners as well.
Next year's marathon is scheduled for May 18.