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Tots Trot on Water Street

Photo by Shelley Hanson Children take off from the starting line of the Ogden Tiny Tot Trot on Water Street in Wheeling on Saturday.

WHEELING — The fast and the cute took over Water Street on Saturday morning during the Ogden Tiny Tot Trot.

The non-competitive, 100-yard dash for children 5 years old and younger followed the start of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic races held in the city.

At the finish line each child received a medal for their efforts. They were also treated to Twin Pops from Ziegenfelder Frozen Treat Co. and drinks.

The race featured two heats: one for children 3 years old and younger and another for 4- and 5-year-olds.

Yorkville resident Cory Gould brought his 5-year-old son Tucker Gould to participate in his first trot.

“He’s excited about it. He likes to run and exercise,” Gould said while Tucker enjoyed a frozen treat before the race.

Three-year-old Roxana May Marcelo, granddaughter of Laura Miller and Joe Duralski of Wheeling and daughter of Rachel Duralski and Victor Marcelo of Pittsburgh, also was a first-time tot trotter.

“She’s been waiting for an hour. We wanted to do this as a family thing. She loves to run and do gymnastics,” Miller said.

Roxana also took advantage of the opportunity to get her faced painted before the event began.

Twins Jaxon and Maddox Church, 20 months old, were brought to the tot trot by their mother, Jennifer Church of Wheeling, and several other family members.

“We’re keeping wellness in the whole family,” Church said.

The Ogden Tiny Tot Trot is sponsored by OV Parent magazine.

Prior to the Tot Trot, another non-competitive race was held — the Ogden Fun Run. The Fun Run is for children 12 years old and younger and is a mile-long run that winds through the downtown.

Participants in both races received T-shirts with logos marking their respective races.

Starting at 8 a.m. today is the annual Ohio Valley Trail Partners’ Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour. It offers 10- and 30-mile legs and pedals off from Heritage Port. There also is a 100-kilometer tour that winds through West Liberty and Bethany.

Those who are younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult during the rides. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

Riders will be served lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Heritage Port. Snacks and water also are offered during the 30-mile and 100-kilometer rides.

And at noon, the inaugural Tough as Nails Urban Challenge gets underway in the downtown.

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