It's a fact: You're more likely to stick to your goals if you declare them in public. So we're pleased to introduce you to our new partnership with the National Post!
Declare today! Goals we receive will appear in a special Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend edition of the National Post.
Did you miss signing up for the distance you really wanted? Or maybe you've got a friend who wants someone to high-five crossing the finish line?
Whatever your reason, if you're not currently signed up for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (but you really want to be) there are still bibs available in the Bib Market–but only until April 30th.
To allow Run Ottawa to complete all of the administrative tasks prior to race weekend, the Bib Market will close at 11:59 p.m. on April 30th, 2014.
So, if you're thinking about signing up, now is the time to visit the Bib Market.
By Tracey Tong, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation
You already know that The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) is always here for you when you need it most.
But did you know that The Ottawa Hospital will be right there - just in case - during Ottawa Race Weekend?
For more than a decade, TOH clinicians have been at Ottawa Race Weekend as volunteer on-site medical support. This year, TOH will be opening an official On-Site Hospital at the Cartier Square Drill Hall, located on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall.
Still powered by volunteers, the On-Site Hospital will be staffed by dozens of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and administrative staff from TOH and our partner sites, ready to help Race Weekend participants should they run into medical trouble.
The On-Site Hospital, which will become an official site of The Ottawa Hospital for May 24 and 25, will include a front-end environment for dehydration, heat exhaustion, sprains and other muscle injuries and blisters, as well as a specialized area with eight resuscitation beds for more serious medical issues.
"We are doing our best to replicate an emergency department," said On-Site Hospital organizer John Trickett, Clinical Director of Perioperative Services, Surgery, Trauma and the Bariatric Centre of Excellence at TOH. "We'll be capable of giving intravenous fluids and cardiac resuscitation."
The hotter the weekend, the busier the Hospital expects to be - Trickett said that last year, the Hospital's services at Ottawa Race Weekend diverted at least 150 patients from Ottawa's already taxed emergency departments.
This is an ideal opportunity to work collaboratively with local municipal partners, for the benefit of everyone, Trickett said.
"It's a benefit to the patients, because we're giving them the treatment they need, when they need it, without them having to go to Emergency," he said. "It also allows us to partner with the community."
To support The Ottawa Hospital with a donation, please click here.
To celebrate the 40th running of the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, Run Ottawa and iRun have teamed up to create Canada's Magnificent Marathon, a beautiful 192-page hardcover book telling (and showing) the 40-year story of Canada's now largest marathon.
Meticulously researched by iRun, written by local runner-writer-broadcaster Mark Sutcliffe, and brought to life by hundreds of your running photographs from 1975-2014, Canada's Magnificent Marathon tells the story of an event that has captured the imagination and heart of so many from the community of Ottawa and far beyond.
We know many of you are just putting in the final weeks of training before the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, so maybe thinking about a 5K or 10K on Canada Day is a bit early yet.
Still, we wanted to let you know that registration is now officially open for the Scotiabank Canada Day Road Races presented by Bushtukah. That's right. To celebrate the 28th edition of this annual holiday favourite, we're welcoming a new title sponsor.
We are excited that Run Ottawa's relationship with Scotiabank is growing beyond the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and we are confident this new partnership will mean the best Canada Day Road Races ever. Sign up now and start looking towards a PB in July.