Fast pace expected Saturday at Ogden Marathon

May 16 2013 - 9:58pm

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OGDEN -- Every Ogden Marathon has a story. The 13th version of the popular race is here, and should present a wonderful tale on and off the race course.

About 10,000 runners will run Saturday morning's marathon, marathon relay, and half marathon -- all starting in Ogden Valley -- as well as the popular 5K and KidsK races in downtown Ogden.

With no changes to the course, and the weather promising to be cool but not too cool, runners can expect a fast race and great scenery along the way.

Four-time defending men's champion Fritz Van de Kamp and 2013 women's winner Cynthia Fowler are registered and expected to be in the mix for this year's titles.

Competitors can start to pick up their runner packets today at 5 p.m. at Union Station at 25th and Wall Ave. The popular NordicTrack Fun and Fitness Expo will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today as the energy builds in downtown Ogden.

The half marathon and 5K races begin at 6:45 a.m., with the full marathon and relay starting at 7:15 a.m.

And while the energy builds today, it reaches a fever pitch as 20,000 race fans gather in downtown Ogden to cheer the runners to the finish line.

The GOAL Foundation, the organizing committee for the marathon, is proud of its roughly 1,000 volunteers who make the event unique and memorable.

Thirty-three days after the Boston Marathon, a race in which three killed and many injured in bomb blasts near the finish line, Utah runners and and race organizers will pay tribute.

Donation boxes for the Boston One Fund, created at the request of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to assist the victims most seriously affected by the marathon bombing, will be placed along the course.

GOAL executive director Jenny Scothern said the first 5,000 runners who pick up their race bibs will be given blue Boston memorial ribbons, and there will also be a Boston memorial on the race program.

Scothern said a moment of silence will be observed at the beginning of the race to honor the Boston victims.

Ogden Canyon will be closed at 10 p.m. Friday and will reopen around 1:15 p.m. Saturday. Motorists wishing to travel between the Huntsville/Eden area and Ogden must use alternative routes over Trappers Loop or the North Ogden Divide.

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