Ogden Marathon Postpones 2020 Events to the Fall
Ogden, UT – March 25, 2020 - The GOAL Foundation, producers of the Ogden Marathon, has announced that for the health and safety of our athletes and community, the America First Ogden Marathon and all of its related events for 2020 have been postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The GOAL Foundation has been working diligently to secure a new date and arrange all logistics related to producing our world class event. The GOAL Foundation is happy to announce that the new date of the America First Ogden Marathon will be September 26, 2020.
“This year’s event will utilize the same scenic course, same world class finish line, and the same best Volunteers on the Planet, with the only change being that this year it will take place in our beautiful Utah Fall season,” said Eric Bauman, Executive Director of the GOAL Foundation. “We understand that fall is now a very busy season, but we want to invite everyone to still come out and celebrate 20 years of athletes, volunteers and memories with us, you won’t want to miss it.”
The Ogden Marathon was first established in 2001 and quickly became a bucket-list race due to the panoramic views of the Wasatch Mountain range and the incredibly scenic run through Ogden Canyon. This race accommodates the professional athlete, vacation racers as well as the family that runs together. Race weekend includes a Full and Half Marathon, The Utah Eye Centers 5K, and the Granite Construction Kids K. Racers from all over the world are anticipated to participate in the 20th anniversary celebration and race on Saturday, September 26.
“We acknowledge and empathize greatly with the difficulty in having to make this decision and appreciate your understanding and support in this difficult time,” Said Bauman. “We didn’t come to this decision lightly. We worked with city and local officials, as well other local race directors that this date would affect, to come up with the best solution.”
The 20th celebration will kick off with the NordicTrack Fun & Fitness Expo that hosts more than 70 vendors complete with big prize giveaways, including two treadmills, KT Taping and the latest and greatest in running gear for race day. On race day, runners can look forward to upgraded race shirts, medals, a free beer/beverage of their choice at the finish line as well as many more surprises to be announced. The GOAL Foundation has also integrated youth and family activities into race-day participation. During Marathon Weekend, families can choose from the Kids K, 5K, Half or Full Marathon or join a Relay Team. All participants, no matter the distance, get to cross the same world-class finish line and are fully supported by the Greatest Volunteers on Earth.
“The Ogden Marathon’s impact and reach is far broader than just a race, which is why we didn’t want to cancel our 2020 Events” said Bauman. “It truly makes a difference and has a positive impact in the lives of our athletes, our volunteers, our spectators, and our community. It’s not only a motivator and opportunity to train and get fit, but it is an opportunity to build a community, build families and spend time with friends. The decision to postpone to the fall is going to enable us to continue to expand our giveback to the community and to help more families, ‘Get Out and LIVE!’”
With such a unique opportunity to run Ogden Canyon in the change to fall for the 20th anniversary celebration, the events are expected to fill quickly. Don’t wait, head to www.ogdenmarathon.com to claim your spot.
ABOUT THE GOAL FOUNDATION
The GOAL Foundation, producer of the Ogden Marathon, was established after the 2002 Olympics with a mission to inspire the Greater Ogden Community and its visitors to "Get Out And Live!"™ by participating, volunteering, and spectating at recreational events, programs, and activities. GOAL is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation.
ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION
Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 132 locations, and is the ninth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $11.7 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,071,000 members.
UPDATED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday- SEPTEMBER 25
9:00 am Shake Out Run at the Weber County Field House, 4400 Harrison Blvd, Ogden
10:00 am - 8:00 pm NordicTrack Fun & Fitness Expo, 4400 Harrison Blvd., Ogden
Saturday- SEPTEMBER 26
6:00 am – Ogden Canyon Closes
7:00 am - Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K Start
7:30 am – Autoliv Finish Line Festival opens to the public with food, music & fun!
9:30 am – Amphitheater Archway – Kids Zone Open