WHEELING - Whether you compete in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic or take a more leisurely approach to Memorial Day weekend, you are sure to find something to do in Wheeling.
Though the Ogden race events - set for Friday and Saturday, May 23-24 - are the showcase of the weekend, Race Director R."Scat" Scatterday wants everyone to know there is much more going on from May 23-26.
"There will be picnics, graduations, a bike race and all sorts of entertainment," he said. "This is the time for people to get out and enjoy Wheeling, while also honoring our veterans."
Young runners take off at the start of the 2013 Ogden Tiny Tot Trot.
Photo by Scott McCloskey
By 11 a.m. Friday, food vendors will set up in the Heritage Port area to feed those working in downtown Wheeling or anyone else looking to enjoy themselves at the waterfront. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., those participating in the Ogden race events can receive their packets at the waterfront. There is no Saturday race registration.
The 6-mile Ogden Torch Relay begins at 4 p.m. Friday at the Osiris Shrine Temple in Elm Grove. The estimated two-hour event, which features military veterans and community leaders taking turns carrying a torch, culminates at the Half Marathon's start/finish line on 14th Street in downtown Wheeling. Scatterday said the relay is designed to honor all members of the military, both past and present.
"We encourage anyone who wishes to honor a member of the military to come out and join us," he said.
At 6:45 p.m. Friday, the non-competitive Ogden Tiny Tot Trot for children 5 years old and younger will occur on 14th Street between Main and Market streets. At 7:15 p.m. Friday, the Ogden Fun Run will kick off at the top of Wheeling Hill near the old Windmill building. This run consists of the last mile of the Half Marathon race course. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Ogden Mile and Masters Mile will begin in the same location.
At approximately 7:45 p.m Friday, there will be a memorial concert and honor ceremony for all military veterans, with specific recognition for World War II and Korean War veterans, with the Allegheny Brass Band at the Heritage Port Stage. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the event sponsored by The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register and Bordas & Bordas.
While the Ogden events take place, John Marshall High School will conduct 2014 graduation ceremonies inside WesBanco Arena, starting at 7:30 p.m. Also, Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theater will showcase Bridges at 8 p.m.
"There will be a ton of people in the area, but we'll make it work," Scatterday said.
At 6:15 a.m. Saturday, participants in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon race events can receive their packets. The Half Marathon walk steps off at 7:30 a.m., followed by the main event - the Half Marathon run - at 8 a.m.
At 8:15 a.m. Saturday, the 5K Run and Walk for Health begins. The 5K awards ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m., with the Half Marathon awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Heritage Port.
In the midst of all this, The Original Easy Street band will play a free concert on the Heritage Port Stage, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Wheeling Central Catholic High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay Park. At 7 p.m. Saturday, Bone Daddy will play a concert at Heritage Port, while Towngate will present a showing of "Jaws" at the same time.
Registration for the Wheeling Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour begins at 7 a.m. Sunday at Heritage Port. Cyclists will begin their trek at 8 a.m. Also Sunday, The Linsly School will hold its graduation at 2:30 p.m. at the Stifel Field House. Later Sunday, at 7 p.m., a free concert is scheduled at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater, featuring Hit Play.
On May 26, Memorial Day, a public memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. at Heritage Port with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Marine Corps League. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at WesBanco Arena.
A similar service will also be held at 11 a.m. in front of the Marshall County Courthouse in Moundsville, with another one at the Benwood City Park at the same time.
For more information on Ogden race events, go to www.ogdenhalfmarathonclassic.com.