OGDEN -- The GOAL Foundation announced Tuesday it has increased the 2013 Zions Bank Ogden Marathon field by 500 runners and 1,000 runners for the half marathon because of participation demand and the overwhelming success of the lottery system.
GOAL Foundation introduced a lottery system for the 2013 race. Following the review of lottery numbers combined with historical data, GOAL now has a full scope and understanding of the current race demand. They have responded by increasing the runner field. The full marathon will increase to 3,500 runners and the half marathon to 4,500 runners.
The race is slated for May 18, 2013.
"The announcement will allow more Weber County residents to participate than ever before," said Kevin Burns, chairman of the GOAL Foundation. "Our commitment remains to deliver the highest quality event."
Even with the announced race growth, the GOAL Foundation (www.getoutandlive.org) is still unable to facilitate all entry requests, and the lottery system will remain in place. Selected and rejected entrants will be notified Nov. 1, 2012 by 5 p.m. MST. At this time selected participants will be invited to register. They will have until Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at 5 p.m. MST to complete their race registration.
If 100 percent of selected participants do not complete their registration, GOAL Foundation will conduct a second chance drawing on Nov. 16 to fill the remaining spots.
Relay Team, 5K and Kid's K race registration opens Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. MST following the lottery announcement. Registration will be available until the races sell out. Entries will also be provided to individuals who donate to the official charity partners of GOAL Foundation's "Get Out and Give!" program. The "Get out and Give" program will also open Nov. 15, 2012 at 9 a.m. MST.
More than 9,000 participants ran in the combined 2012 Ogden Marathon races (Full, Half, 5K and Kid's K) representing 39 states and five countries.