OGDEN -- A rainy day in May didn't dampen enthusiasm for this year's Ogden Marathon.
During a Tuesday night presentation to the city council, member's of Ogden's GOAL Foundation, the group that organizes the race, said the 2013 version of Ogden's Zions Bank Marathon had more participants than any year before it.
Beginning in the Ogden Valley, winding around Pineview Reservoir through Ogden Canyon and finishing at Historic 25th Street in downtown Ogden, the marathon has become increasingly popular since its 2001 inception.
Jenny Scothern, executive director of the GOAL Foundation, said nearly 10,000 runners took part in this year's race, and there were more than 1,100 volunteers.
This year, for the first time in the marathon's 13-year history, race organizers instituted a lottery system for race participants.
Last year, entries for the 2012 marathon sold out in three days, and entries for the half-marathon sold out in two hours.
Race organizers say the lottery system equalizes the chances of competing in the 26.2-mile event.
Last year, more than 9,000 runners entered the race, and in 2011, the marathon featured about 8,500. Only 7,500 participants ran the race in 2010.
Carolyn Brierley, Ogden's special events coordinator, said the original race in 2001 had just more than 600 runners.
"It's an amazing event that brings the whole community together," Scothern said. "It's growing every year."
Scothern said this year's race was also the most challenging, with the tragic events of the Boston Marathon, heavy rain on race day and construction through Ogden Canyon.
Scothern also said the race was nearly interrupted twice after a bomb-sniffing dog smelled something suspicious in an unmarked car and landslide possibilities were being reported in Ogden Canyon.
But it turned out the car only had massage oil in it, and the landslides never came and the race went as planned.
Scothern said the race had an estimated economic impact of $1.6 million in the Ogden area.
During the race, organizers handed out more than 10,000 Cliff Bars, 7,000 gallons of water and 2,000 gallons of Gatorade.
For more information on the marathon, visit www.ogdenmarathon.com.