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Overall Rating (24 Reviews)
4.7
(24 Ratings) 🏆 (24 Reviews)
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Welcome to the Ogden Marathon, Utah’s Spring Run Off. Held the 3rd Saturday of every May, the Ogden Marathon attracts runners from all 50 states and several countries. The race has gained local and national attention as one of the most scenic Boston Marathon qualifying courses. A combination of the … MORE
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    mbhanson94 FIRST-TIMER '22

    You can't go wrong signing up for this race. Enjoyed the expo, although disappointed that my shirt didn't fit. I was able to exchange it for men's sizing which fit … MORE

    You can’t go wrong signing up for this race. Enjoyed the expo, although disappointed that my shirt didn’t fit. I was able to exchange it for men’s sizing which fit slightly better. Alot of races don’t allow for that, so greatly appreciated that option. My only piece of constructive feedback for the entire race is to offer more race apparel for purchase at the expo. There was very little available given the size of the race, and nothing at all for the half marathon. One thing I notice about this race is how friendly everyone was. The volunteers, the expo participants, the other runners, service staff at the local hotels and restaurants, etc. We felt very welcome in Ogden!

    We were bused in a very organized manner to the race start where we waited for over an hour. It was cold…very, very cold. I did not know that it’s 10 degrees colder at the top of the mountain than it is at the base, so make sure you dress warm and use your drop bag. I was woefully unprepared for the temps and wound up wearing a bunch of my husband’s oversized gear. I looked like a complete goof and was still freezing. The race organizers provided us with mylar sheets and bonfires which was greatly appreciated. It would have been great to have had coffee available (did I mention it was cold? haha) but understand that would be logistically difficult.

    The first 10 miles of the course were breathtakingly beautiful. I ran my slowest time ever because I stopped to take so many photos. Lots of downhill, which can be hard on the legs, so don’t plan a hike for the next day! Water stops were stocked with energy drink, and some had gels and fruit, as well. Plenty of clean porta potties at the start and along the course.
    The race finishes downtown which was great as we stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites (highly recommended-reasonably priced, breakfast included and one block from the morning bus pick-up). In addition to a nice medal at the end, they also provided a ton of great post run food including a booth that served cheese puffs(!) and caramel corn(!)…pretty sure I ate my body weight equivalent of their yummy deliciousness.

    I’ve run alot of races, and this is in the top two for beautiful scenery (the other is the Monterey Bay Half Marathon). Sign up for Ogden…it will be a memory maker!

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    skypres FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first time in a full marathon event. I was incredibly impressed with the organization of all aspects of the race from the digital experience to the aid … MORE

    This was my first time in a full marathon event. I was incredibly impressed with the organization of all aspects of the race from the digital experience to the aid stations. You couldn’t wish for a better route to experience all of the areas of Ogden and Weber County. Truly a unforgettable race that I will undoubtedly participate in every chance I get.

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    hesmichael REPEAT RUNNER '22

    A well run event, on a scenic route, with great aid stations, enthusiastic, supportive volunteers and spectators! The start line announcer was enthusiastic, the fire pit amenity was nice as … MORE

    A well run event, on a scenic route, with great aid stations, enthusiastic, supportive volunteers and spectators! The start line announcer was enthusiastic, the fire pit amenity was nice as was having the temporary mylar space blankets. Even the national anthem singer was great!

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    rslriot2112 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I loved this half-marathon. The scenes were beautiful. The booths were full of kind and helpful people. It was not overly difficult. I highly recommend this for first timers who … MORE

    I loved this half-marathon. The scenes were beautiful. The booths were full of kind and helpful people. It was not overly difficult. I highly recommend this for first timers who want to find out if running half-marathons is there “cup of tea”. I caught the bug and now plan to run the St. George half!

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    ogilvie.jim FIRST-TIMER '22

    Stunning race from start to finish. Well organized with plenty of aid stations and support. Great race for a first-time marathon or experienced. Highly recommended. MORE

    Stunning race from start to finish. Well organized with plenty of aid stations and support. Great race for a first-time marathon or experienced. Highly recommended.

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    nmorrill FIRST-TIMER '22

    I ran this course way faster than my training times because it is almost all downhill. The weather was perfect. The aid stations throughout and at the end were great. … MORE

    I ran this course way faster than my training times because it is almost all downhill. The weather was perfect. The aid stations throughout and at the end were great. The shirt was great. There was no other swag. It was a perfect first race.

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    molly.a.basham FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first full marathon and I couldn't have picked a better course. The starting line was chilly (and could have used a few more portapotties!) but the day … MORE

    This was my first full marathon and I couldn’t have picked a better course. The starting line was chilly (and could have used a few more portapotties!) but the day warmed up as we ran and it turned out to be an absoultley stunning run through the mountains and canyon. The volunteer staff was enthusiastic and supportive and the other runners made the whole experience so positive. I would highly recommend this race to anyone!

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    austingalb REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The Ogden Marathon is a true gem. Running through the beautiful Ogden Valley in the first half of the race is my absolute favorite portion of the course. The scenic … MORE

    The Ogden Marathon is a true gem. Running through the beautiful Ogden Valley in the first half of the race is my absolute favorite portion of the course. The scenic farmland and pastures and the backdrop of snow capped mountains. It’s the Apex of what northern Utah has to offer in the month of May. I can’t recommend this experience enough.

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    JoshuaFrandsen FIRST-TIMER '22

    Ogden was suggested to me as a great first marathon to try by multiple sources and I couldn’t have agreed more after completing it yesterday. I had hoped to get … MORE

    Ogden was suggested to me as a great first marathon to try by multiple sources and I couldn’t have agreed more after completing it yesterday. I had hoped to get under 4hrs and I was able to accomplish that goal with a 3:49:13 and that’s largely impart to the course being primarily downhill. The volunteers were great and cheery and there were an abundance of aid stations and support to help keep you going. The one thing I could suggest to the race organizers is to have more porta potties at the start of the race, the lines to go potty were insane and I nearly missed the start trying to use them.

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    mbarnex FIRST-TIMER '22

    Beautiful course, plenty of aid stations. A few gentle inclines, but mostly gentle downhill. Ends in downtown Ogden with live music, beer cart, and multiple local restaurants. MORE

    Beautiful course, plenty of aid stations. A few gentle inclines, but mostly gentle downhill. Ends in downtown Ogden with live music, beer cart, and multiple local restaurants.

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    mileseventeen REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The gentle downhill course is so scenic...mountains, Pineview Resevoir, Ogden Canyon, and a waterfall! Well stocked aid stations, one even offered bacon and pancakes. Fun expo, finish line festivities and … MORE

    The gentle downhill course is so scenic…mountains, Pineview Resevoir, Ogden Canyon, and a waterfall! Well stocked aid stations, one even offered bacon and pancakes. Fun expo, finish line festivities and sweet medal!

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    I was so nervous to run but it was the best run I’ve ever done. Beautiful scenery, perfect amount of uphill and down hill! I will be doing this every … MORE

    I was so nervous to run but it was the best run I’ve ever done. Beautiful scenery, perfect amount of uphill and down hill! I will be doing this every Year!

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    BlondeRunner REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This is probably one of the better organized races out there and offers a beautiful route! They have a really great large expo with lots of booths, excellent race volunteers … MORE

    This is probably one of the better organized races out there and offers a beautiful route! They have a really great large expo with lots of booths, excellent race volunteers and everyone seems to know what they’re doing. I would highly recommend this race. I especially love running down the canyon. It’s absolutely breathtaking!

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    apingree REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This race is a MUST DO for EVERYONE. I run this race every year and have for 20 years. Both FULL and HALF marathons are top best races on the … MORE

    This race is a MUST DO for EVERYONE.
    I run this race every year and have for 20 years.
    Both FULL and HALF marathons are top best races on the earth.
    The weather is great MOST YEARS. One or two years had a little rain but that also kept it cool and refreshing. Just carry a light raincoat to take on and off as needed. The course is great in the rain!
    The scenery and course are so beautiful and enjoyable. Along rivers, lakes, down canyons, and through the trees.
    The support is amazing and FUN. Each station a celebration!
    The swag is beyond great! All the medals hang in my office and the tech shirts are my goto shirts anytime I run.
    The great support staff and expo are super fun with lots of great pre-race options.
    This is my all-time favorite Half and Full Marathon!!!

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    MSRunner REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Ogden Marathon was my first ever half marathon. I have MS, so I'm a pretty slow runner. The crowds left me in the dust, but man, taking on the views … MORE

    Ogden Marathon was my first ever half marathon. I have MS, so I’m a pretty slow runner. The crowds left me in the dust, but man, taking on the views solo was worth it. The first couple of miles will have a slight incline, but after that you go flying down beautiful Ogden Canyon. Aid stations are always stocked, restrooms when you need them, and timing to keep you on pace.
    The finish line crowds and booths make walking off your run a delight. Plenty of space to stretch, and plenty of drinks to replenish.
    The medals are always nice, great quality. The Goal Foundation does so much for the city, I love participating in this run and being a part of something so meaningful to this city.

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    OCSCFan FIRST-TIMER '19

    About 1,000 participates in the marathon and about 3,000 for the half. The course is very scenic and peaceful as advertised but it's not as fast as it might appear … MORE

    About 1,000 participates in the marathon and about 3,000 for the half. The course is very scenic and peaceful as advertised but it’s not as fast as it might appear on the elevation map. Miles 8-15 is rolling hills circling the reservoir. And the 1,400 ft descent isn’t steep enough to kick your speed into high gear without effort. Also the altitude will have some impact. We all noticed we were breathing heavier than we would at sea level.

    This race has great community support. All the folks at the expo and on the course were very friendly. There was even a police officer in uniform helping out at a short-handed water station. I enjoyed meeting others at this race more than any other race.

    The Ogden restaurant scene are all clustured around the finish line and also within 2 blocks of most hotels. It was very convenient, never having to get in a car (other than the expo which will require a 10 min drive). The finish line festivities is also very charming with a band and many local businesses on hand.

    Overall a great experience and definitely highly recommended.

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    cpwofford0990 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my 4th Marathon and it was a blast it was a beautiful scenic run on a gentle down hill course. I took 10 mins off my last PR. … MORE

    This was my 4th Marathon and it was a blast it was a beautiful scenic run on a gentle down hill course. I took 10 mins off my last PR. The expo was great too I would run this again

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    cfichtler FIRST-TIMER '18

    What a race! The scenery was beautiful, I can’t believe how well organized the whole thing was, the expo was fun, the shirts are awesome, and the volunteers an overall … MORE

    What a race! The scenery was beautiful, I can’t believe how well organized the whole thing was, the expo was fun, the shirts are awesome, and the volunteers an overall energy was just great . Lots of smooth elevation loss, which welcomes personal record times galore. It wasn’t too steep, it was a nice gradual down hill almost the entire course. If you want to set a new PR, come here.

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    RedjacketRunner REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Utah spring weather is notoriously unpredictable and Ogden frequently has bad weather years (torrential rain or unseasonably high temps) but this year was not one of those years! It was … MORE

    Utah spring weather is notoriously unpredictable and Ogden frequently has bad weather years (torrential rain or unseasonably high temps) but this year was not one of those years! It was perfect race weather! The scenery was beautiful and included running down two canyons, around a lake, spring flowers, and two waterfalls. The aid stations had different themes (the volunteers choose their theme, decorations, costumes, signs and music) and each one was so fun! Each one made me laugh! I really enjoyed the “motivational”/ funny signs that lined the long hill at mile 14.

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    Bank82 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    It was raining all morning and very windy. Ogden is a well organized race. Great early season marathon in Utah. Ogden Valley is one of my favorite places to run. … MORE

    It was raining all morning and very windy. Ogden is a well organized race. Great early season marathon in Utah. Ogden Valley is one of my favorite places to run. You run along Pine View and great views of Snowbasin Ski Resort.

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