WHEELING – For more than four decades, the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic has been a staple of Wheeling’s summer schedule. Tens of thousands of runners have run the course over these years.
This summer staple has been on the shelves since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year the race returns to delight runners and walkers throughout the Ohio Valley and beyond.
The 44th edition of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic will take place on Saturday May 28 as part of Ogden Newspapers Wellness Weekend. The weekend-long celebration of health and fitness is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
“It’s awesome,” race director Joe Lovell said of the wellness weekend. “We are able to put this on the same level as before. It adds a lot. People are happy about it. »
The Half Marathon Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. on May 28, followed by the Half Marathon Run at 7:50 a.m.
Runners and walkers are ready to rediscover the 13.1 mile course they have remembered for many years. It’s a challenging course that takes competitors through multiple Wheeling neighborhoods – from downtown Wheeling to Woodsdale to Elm Grove – and gives riders a real test of elevation change.
The first test is the climb which comes about 3 miles into the run, where the altitude drops from about 600 feet above sea level to 1,250 feet at about 5 miles. The hills are a challenge in road races like this, and the Ogden Classic Logs Half Marathon has plenty of that, Lovell said.
“The hills made it a different race,” Lovell said. “Once you thought you were done with one hill, here’s another. Once you start 29th Street and go down, you’ve got the trunk road. And you’ve got Wheeling Hill and Chicken Neck Hill.
There is more motivation than just the satisfaction of finishing for the best riders in the event. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four in the men’s and women’s races and the top three in the men’s and women’s walks. The winner of the men’s and women’s races will win $1,125 each, while the winners of the men’s and women’s walks will win $200 each.
No participant in the run or walk will leave empty-handed. Race towels, bottled water and fresh fruit will be available to all participants, and everyone will receive a food voucher. Pre-registered participants are guaranteed a jersey.
In addition, official race medals will be awarded to each finisher of the race and walk. Medals will be awarded when competitors cross the finish line.
Perry Nardo, managing director of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, said it was good to see the wellness weekend back on track.
“We are so happy to be able to get this event back on track for the Ohio Valley,” Nardo said. “We’re thrilled, our sponsors and supporters are thrilled to see everyone putting their running shoes back on over the wellness weekend, and we’re all looking forward to a really great event.”
Registration remains open for Ogden Newspapers Half-Marathon Classic. The race is part of a two-day event that also includes the Ziegenfelder Twin Pops 5K Run and Walk, the Ogden Fun Run presented by Zigenfelder and Tiny Tot Trot presented by Ziegenfelder, all scheduled for Saturday, May 28. On Sunday, May 29, is the Tough As Nails Urban Challenge presented by The Health Plan. To register and for more race information, visit ogdenwellnessweekend.com.