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Registration still available for the Ogden Newspaper Wellness Weekend

WHEELING — With the Ogden Newspapers Wellness Weekend presented by WVU Medicine about two weeks away, registration remains open and spots remain available for the myriad of races people of all ages can enjoy.

Runners can register for the races on Saturday, May 28, all the way up until Friday, May 27 at 6 p.m. Registration also is available at starting line for the Tiny Tot Trot presented by Zigenfelder from 8-10:15 a.m. on Water St.

That lineup includes the 44th running of the Ogden Newspapers Half-Marathon Classic, both the run and the walk, the 5K Twin Pops Run/Walk For Health, presented by Ziegenfelder, the Ogden Fun Run, presented by Ziegenfelder, and the Tiny Tot Trot, presented by Ziegenfelder.

For the Tough As Nails Urban Challenge, presented by The Health Plan, registration will close at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 22, or when all spots are filled. There will be no on-site registration the day of the event, and early registration is suggested.

Ogden Newspapers Half-Marathon Classic Race Director Joe Lovell said that, often, organizers will see a surge of runners register closer to race day. That can be attributed to several factors.

“A lot of people wait until the last minute to see what the weather’s like,” Lovell said. “A lot of them wait to see how they feel. If they’re nursing some small injury, they’ll wait to see how they feel.”

For those who do participate in Saturday’s Ogden Newspapers Half-Marathon Classic and 5K Twin Pops Run/Walk For Health, presented by Ziegenfelder, there are plenty of incentives to strive for their top times.

Cash prizes will be distributed for the top four finishers, both men and women, in the half-marathon run and top three finishers, both men and women, in the half-marathon walk, as well as the top three finishers in both the 5K run and walk.

Prizes are $1,125 for first place, $875 for second, $625 for third and $375 for fourth in the half-marathon run and $200 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third in the half-marathon walk. Prizes are $75 for first place, $50 for second and $40 for third in both the 5K run and walk.

Also, plaques will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group and each participant will receive a race medal.

The prizes aren’t the only draws to the Ogden Newspapers Wellness Weekend, Lovell said. There will be a Post-Race Party both days, running from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and from 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Saturday will feature DJ Jan Jursa and the Ultra Bar presented by Carenbauer Distributing Corp. The Ultra Bar opens again Sunday for the Tough As Nails participants, and there will be live music from Spinning Jenny and Jukebox.

There also will be a Health Expo presented by WVU Medicine both Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

“I think all that should be in the mix that would make participating in the weekend worthwhile,” Lovell said. “It’s a great way to kick off the holiday weekend and kick off the summer.”

“It’s a family-friendly event that lets you get out and enjoy the weather, enjoy the waterfront and help you stay healthy,” Lovell said. “It’s for all age groups, from our tiny tots to our half-marathoners.”

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