WHEELING – For the first time in two years, this Memorial Day weekend, downtown Wheeling runners could take their marks.
The Ogden Wellness Weekend presented by WVU Medicine returns for the first time since 2019, and road warriors – whether recreational runners, more advanced distance stars or those looking for a multi-urban challenge. facets – will have the chance to participate in several fitness-oriented, fun and family-oriented events.
Register for all weekend events – the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic, the Tough as Nails Urban Challenge presented by The Health Plan, the Ogden 5K Run presented by Ziegenfelder, the Ogden 5K Walk presented by Ziegenfelder, the Ogden Tiny Trot and The Ogden Fun Run, both also presented by Ziegenfelder, is now open on ogdenwellnessweekend.com.
The inaugural weekend of 2019 was popular, but the COVID-19 pandemic put the event aside for the next two years. This interruption ends on May 28 and 29, the events having once again received the green light.
“Everyone associated with Wellness Weekend looks forward to a great weekend of events,” said Perry Nardo, Managing Director of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. “We thank our sponsors for staying with us for the past two years. “
The top weekend events each have a day for them. The 44th edition of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic will take place on Saturday May 28, with the walk starting at 7:30 am and the run starting at 8:00 am. On Sunday, May 29, the Tough As Nails Urban Challenge presented by The Health Plan kicks off at noon.
Runners are familiar with the 13.1 mile half marathon course they will be crossing this Saturday morning. According to event organizer Jim Gibbons, the Tough As Nails Urban Challenge presented by The Health Plan course, a popular course that has seen participants overcome and around numerous obstacles in several neighborhoods in Wheeling, will feature new features.
“It will be a more difficult course to face,” he said. “We plan to add more obstacles, bigger climbs, to the already difficult course. We’ll be adding more upper body obstacles including rope climbs and even more walls. “
Gibbons said competitors saw the stair climb at East Wheeling as the most difficult part of the course, and the new upper body obstacles will balance the tension. With the new obstacles planned – which could bring the total to 25, Gibbons said – the course will lengthen from 6 miles in 2019 to almost 7 miles next May.
The first Tough As Nails drew 700 people to the course. Gibbons said there was a lot of buzz surrounding his return. The event offers competitors something beyond the usual mud race to test their endurance.
“What we are offering is an urban race, which is very unique,” he said. “We integrate the existing structures in the city to climb, climb and jump over. We want to give people a different view of what is in the city.
For those looking for a lighter workout during the Ogden Wellness Weekend presented by WVU Medicine, there are plenty of opportunities for all ages to get out and get the blood flowing. The Ogden Logs 5K Run presented by Ziegenfelder will start at 8:10 am on May 28, and the Ogden Logs 5K Walk presented by Ziegenfelder will follow at 8:20 am For the younger ones there will be a fun run. presented by Ziegenfelder at 8 a.m .: 25 p.m. on May 28 and a Tiny Tot Trot presented by Ziegenfelder at 10:30 a.m.
On Monday, May 30, the Ohio Valley Trail Partners will host the Heritage Trail bike tour starting at 7 a.m.
To celebrate the end of one of the events during the Ogden Wellness Weekend, a party will take place on the waterfront on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday festivities will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and those of Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Event planners are ready for a fun-filled weekend.
“I’m very happy that Wellness Weekend is back on schedule,” said Nardo, “and I’m sure all urban runners, walkers and warriors can’t wait to get out there, challenge themselves. and compete with each other. “
“Words really can’t explain how excited we are to start this save and bring the community together,” Gibbons said.
For more information on all things Ogden Wellness Weekend presented by WVU Medicine, visit ogdenwellnessweekend.com.