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Cheering Stations

An important element in National Capital Marathon Inc.'s (NCM) corporate responsibility is a commitment to the community.  This is demonstrated through our annual Community Spirit Award, a $4000 fund used to reward communities for their support of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

We challenge all communities located on the marathon route to get involved by setting up a neighbourhood cheering station to greet runners as they pass through.  “A lot of people don’t realize the positive impact it has on our runners to have spectators cheer them on,” says John Halvorsen, President of  Ottawa Race Weekend and former elite runner. “This shows the runners that our residents support the event and makes a great impression on participants who come to Ottawa to run."

We have a panel of judges who pass by all the registered cheering stations and select the top two locations. The Crichton Community Council took top honours in 2012 (and has won the award the past five years), with Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs Inc. garnering second place and V.O.N in third place.

The 2012 Ottawa Marathon had a total of 15 cheering stations and the list continues to grow each year as more communities become involved.  "It will make our judging more difficult.”says John Halvorsen.

To register your community for a cheering zone please contact the office at: 613 234-2221 or email [email protected]

Winners of the Community Cheering Challenge

1st – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

2nd – Crichton Community Council

3rd  - Lululemon

Cheering Station Locations

10k

Location

Km

Organization

Lakeside and Queen Elizabeth Drive 4 km Ottawa Hospital Foundation                        
Catherine and Queen Elizabeth Drive 8.5 km Lululemon
McCloud and Queen Elizabeth Drive 9 km Connected In Motion
Waverly And Queen Elizabeth Drive 9.5 km Micronutrient Initiative

Half Marathon

Location

Km

Organization

Fairmont Park 7 Km Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs
Wellington and Merton 9 km Hintonburg Community Centre
Colonel By Drive just south of laurier Bridge 18.5 Km MS Society of Canada
Colonel By Drive and Hawthorne 19.5 km Micronutrient Initiative
Catherine and Queen Elizabeth Drive 20.5 km Lululemon

Marathon

Location

Km

Organization

Queen E and Fifth

4 km

Club SOCCA
Fairmont Park 8 km Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs
Wellington and Merton 9 km Hintonburg Community Centre
Wellington and Clarendon 10 km Team Mito
203 Richmond Road 11 km Bushtukah
National Gallery of Canada 27 km The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
Sandridge and Birch 32km You're Awesome Station
Stanley Park 36 km Crichton Community Council
Colonel By Drive just south of laurier Bridge 39 km MS Society of Canada
Colonel By Drive and Hawthorne 40 Km Micronutrient Initiative
Queen Elizabeth Drive and Catherine 41 km Lululemon

 


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