Run with the dinos Saturday during 5K at Dinosaur Park

Friday , June 29, 2018 - 5:15 AM

Families visit the Ogden Dinosaur Park on Monday, June 20, 2016.

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Families visit the Ogden Dinosaur Park on Monday, June 20, 2016.

OGDEN — If you’re the type of runner who needs extra motivation to finish a 5K — like, say, a dinosaur nipping at your heels — Saturday’s Jurassic Run might be for you. 

Organized by the same people who put on Ogden’s annual Santa Run, the Jurassic Run starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park. The race starts under the legs of the brontosaurus and heads east on the Ogden River Parkway. Runners will be turned around at Big Dee Sports Park and finish the loop back inside the park. 

A few surprises will await runners on the trail — including dinosaur sounds on the trail, a realistic looking dinosaur that may give chase and dinosaur heads that’ll pop out of the bushes. 

“You don’t know how these dinosaurs might turn on you,” race organizer Joe Coles joked. 

Runners are invited to dress up in dinosaur-themed outfits. Several volunteers will be out and about in inflatable T-Rex costumes, and Coles said he knows at least one runner who’s planning to be in a similar costume.

This is the first year for the Jurassic Run and the dinosaur park is the perfect venue for a race like this, he said. 

“There’s no way we could make the type of displays they have that would give the same type of experience as running through the Dinosaur Park,” he said. 

The race is capped at 400 runners and Coles said he expects it to be sold out by Saturday. People are welcome to come watch along the parkway, in the exterior of the park, or up on the trail during the race. 

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