OGDEN — Ready, set, go.
Long-distance runners from 47 states and six countries will descend on downtown Ogden on Saturday for the 19th annual Ogden Marathon. More than 6,000 racers are expected to participate in Saturday’s events, which is organized by the GOAL Foundation.
Several free community events will take place on Friday prior to the marathon. A “Shake Out Run” with former Olympian Galloway starts at 9 a.m. at the Weber County Fieldhouse, 4400 Harrison Blvd., and the Nordic Track Fun & Fitness Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the same location.
In the evening, the 5th Annual Mayor’s Walk kicks off at 6 p.m. at 18th and Grant Ave., ending at the Ogden Amphitheater where a “Rock the Block” party with family friendly activities will be held until 8 p.m.
Marathon runners can look forward to some chilly, wet May weather on Saturday. The expected high in Ogden is 58 degrees and the forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers before noon, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City.
Buses for full, half and relay legs 1 & 2 will begin loading at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on 25th Street and Washington Boulevard. A VIP runner bus will load from 26th Street and Washington from 5:15-5:30 a.m. The buses will take runners to the starting line in the Ogden Valley.
At 7:30 a.m., the Autoliv Finish Line Festival in downtown Ogden opens to the public. There will be food, music, and more, with the Kids Zone opening for children at 9 a.m. in the Amphitheater Archway.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Miller Lite/Talisman Brewery beer garden will be open.
Awards for the half and full marathon winners will be presented on the main stage at 11:45 a.m.
Ogden Canyon will reopen for traffic at 1:15 p.m. and the race officially ends at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Road closures for the event will be as follows:
Ogden Canyon: On Saturday, the canyon will be closed from 6 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for the marathon. Drivers should use alternate routes for access to the upper valley such as the North Ogden Divide or Trappers Loop.
Canyon residents must use the shuttle provided by the Utah Highway Patrol.
Grant Avenue: Will be closed from 24th Street to 26th Street from 8 a.m. Friday until 2:30 pm Saturday.
On Friday, there will be a rolling closure on Grant from 18th Street and 24th Street around 5 p.m. through the end of the Mayor’s Walk.
On Saturday, it will be closed from 18th Street to 26th Street from 6 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Right turns will be permitted northbound on to 24th Street.
25th Street: Will be closed from Roosters parking lot east to Washington Boulevard, from 3:30 p.m. Friday until 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
On Saturday, the street will be closed at Ogden Avenue to Washington Boulevard from 3:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Park Boulevard: On Saturday, it intermediate closures begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Big D Sports Park and at Gramercy Street. Westbound traffic will be close and an eastbound traffic shuttle will be available for residents from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The street will also be closed in the early morning hours 3:30-5:45 a.m. from 22nd to 29th Street for bus loading.
The 5K — In The Junction: Set up will start at 5 a.m. Saturday in front of All the Perks in The Junction. It will be torn down by 8 a.m. Saturday. Athletes will start parking in the area at 4 a.m. Saturday and will trickle out throughout the day.
For more information, visit www.ogdenmarathon.com.