We have exciting news this month, and plenty of congratulations to go around. First up, registration numbers.
Our Registration Indicator with the half-marathon out to a big lead.
One glance at our recently launched Registration Indicator (at runottawa.ca) and it’s clear a lot of runners are already dreaming of the spring—specifically May 24-25, 2014. The half-marathon, always a fast seller, is already more than 75% sold out. At this rate, the race will be sold out by December, so if you’re dreaming of 21.1 km in the spring, sign up today.
Registration for the 40th edition of the Ottawa Marathon is also off to a torrid pace with over 40% sold out (that’s two months ahead of last year). Remember, there’s a special bonus for those who sign up for the 42.2km before December 1st—a free copy of the 40th Anniversary Marathon book. So get your name in there before the end of November!
Reminder—We’re still looking for memorabilia!
Have a great photo from a past Ottawa Marathon? Or maybe a vintage race bib or medal? We’re still looking for contributions for our 40th Anniversary book. The book is available for pre-order with your registration and will be distributed during the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.
A great memorabilia photo submitted by a Pulse reader.
Contributions can be emailed to [email protected]
Congratulations Lanni Marchant and Krista Duchene!
We’re always super proud when athletes who compete at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend record amazing performances at other races, whether here in Canada or around the world. And Canadians Lanni Marchant and Krista Duchene did just that at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon where both runners broke the Canadian women’s marathon record (2:28:36) that had been held by Sylvia Ruegger for 28 years.
Krista Duchene and Lanni Marchant (with Mary Davies) all smiles after the 2013 Ottawa 10K.
Marchant, a criminal law attorney who was also top Canadian at this year’s Ottawa 10K, recorded an astounding 2:28:00, a four-minute personal best, to claim the new record. Duchene, who was just behind Marchant at the Ottawa 10K (and was also commentator for the Ottawa Marathon), also bested Ruegger’s time with a 2:28:32. The friendly rivalry between Marchant and Duchene, who are Saucony teammates, once again paid dividends as they pushed each other to new personal bests, new records and an amazing day for Canadian running.
Congratulations to both runners and we hope to see them back in Ottawa next year.
Run Ottawa Wins Community Health Award
Al Macartney and John Halvorsen of Run Ottawa, with Councillor Diane Holmes, after accepting the HEAL Champion Award.
On October 21, Run Ottawa was proud to receive a HEAL Champion Award—which stands for Healthy, Eating, Active Living—from the City of Ottawa. We received the award for our work in the community promoting running and active lifestyles.
Beyond organizing Canada’s largest running weekend, and a series of great races throughout the year in the National Capital Region, Run Ottawa has also been putting on free lunch-hour 5K runs leaving from Ottawa’s City Hall. The last of these runs for 2013 happened on Ottawa Health Day (October 17th) where we also, along with the City, unveiled a running map with suggested 3K, 5K, and 10K routes along the Rideau Canal. Next time you’re walking (or better yet running) by City Hall, stop and check it out.
Le Mot de Joe
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