OGDEN The transformation from railroad town to outdoors paradise takes another step this weekend as Ogden hosts two days of activities, competitions and expos.
The Mountain to Metro weekend features a little bit of everything. From kayak races down the Class III and IV rapids of the Ogden River to a twilight criterium for road cyclists, the weekend will keep people busy.
It all starts Friday night with a cyclocross race at the Ogden Amphitheater as well as demonstrations of BMX cyclists, aerial trampolines, acrobats and longboarders.
There is an outdoors film festival as well as a climbing wall and mountain expo.
Things really get hopping, though, on Saturday in downtown Ogden with a gear swap, farmers market and a full afternoon of bike racing around the municipal block. The four-corner criterium features a $2,500 purse and has races that will attract the best cyclists in the state not to mention some of the youngest, as even children will have a chance to race their bikes around the block in a free kids race and fun run.
Saturday's kayak race will take participants down the Ogden River starting at 11 a.m. After that, there's a 7-mile trail run along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail at 3 p.m.For more information, visit Mountain2Metro.com.
List of events
Friday, Sept. 26
Downtown Ogden Amphitheater
Urban Cross cyclocross race, registration 4 p.m., citizens cross 6 p.m., pros cross 7 p.m.
Anti-Gravity Utah performing the aerial assault trampoline demo. Big kicker ramp demos from BMX and streetboarders, Kahuna Creation longboard demos, climbing wall by Ogden Climbing Parks, disk Frisbee golf
M2M's Mountain EXPO
Saturday, Sept. 27
Historic 25th Street
Show Us Your Rack gear swap
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
M2M downriver kayak race, registration 9:30-10 a.m. Big D Sports Park; put in at Indian Trail Head, take out at Big D Park
Bingham's Cyclery M2M criterium, registration 12:30 p.m., women's 1/2/3/4, 1 p.m.; juniors 1:50 p.m.; masters 45+/55+, 2:30 p.m.; masters 35+ 3:15 p.m.; men's cat 4/5 4 p.m., men's cat 3 4:45 p.m., pro 1/2 6 p.m.
Striders 7-mile trail run, registration 1-2:30 p.m., buses leave 2:40 p.m.; 5:30-6 p.m. Free kids races, kids criterium
and kids fun run (bike and helmet required for kids criterium)