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John Halvorsen was born August 17, 1966 in Norway. His family moved to Canada in 1980 when his father became defence attaché at the Embassy of Norway.
John has a distinguished record as a racer, which began in his native Norway and continued after his arrival in Canada.
Personal best race times include:
His credits also include:
John is also a certified Class ‘B’ International Association of Athletics Federations / Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (IAAF/AIMS) course measurer.
John Halvorsen holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a focus on marketing and finance. Both degrees were earned at the University of Ottawa.
Following his career as a professional runner, John had an 18-year career in the high tech field, working with Nortel, LG Nortel, and Ericsson-LG in product design, strategy and product management.
John has a long association with Ottawa Race Weekend, serving as volunteer race director for 10 years (working closely with Jim Robinson, the outgoing Race Director and President) and as Chair of the Board of Directors for three years.
Other volunteer positions include: