The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon is just weeks away, and it will kick off the first-ever Ogden Wellness Weekend.
The weekend includes the Tough as Nails Urban Challenge.
The steep hills and rough terrain of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic make it one of the most unique courses in the country.
Every year, hundreds of people take part in what is considered one of the toughest half marathons around. However, this year there are some additional challenges.
Several brave souls will enter the first ever Tough as Nails Urban Challenge. It’s a six-mile course with as many as 20 obstacles. They include rock climbing steps and even a cliff run.
Anyone even thinking about participating in either of these events should be prepared both physically and mentally.
Joe Slavik is the Director of the Howard Long Wellness Center. He said a training routine should begin at least 12 to 20 weeks in advance.
“If you are going to finish the race and be able to do that, you’ve got to get your body accommodated to the stress of running,” Slavik explained. “So, a lot of the folks when they are following these programs, now they are about three or four weeks out from the race, they will probably do a weekend race of 8 to 10 miles, maybe a 15k for an experienced runner. They will intersperse that with periods of rest and reduced activity.”
Slavik also advised to include strength training and stretching to your routine as well and be ready for the hills.
“If you can find hills that are a quarter mile long and do some repeats with rest in between to get yourself used to and accommodated for the hills,” he continued. “In addition to that doing some in between workouts of squatting or lunging will assist you in the ability to attack the hills we have in the Ogden Race.”
Some other tips involve proper hydration and nutrition. That includes a high carb diet including rice, pasta and lean meat several days before the race.
The Ohio Valley Trail Partners Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour will also be part of the Ogden Wellness weekend.
7News is proud to be the media sponsor for this year’s event.
For more information about all the events, or if you’d like to register for this year’s races, visit ogdenhalfmarathonclassic.com.