New England Runner: Capital in Bloom For Canada’s 150th Anniversary

This May we were happy to welcome writers from New England Runner to Ottawa for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. In their June 2017 edition, New England Runner shared their experience and profiled our Gold IAAF and Athletics Canada Championship 10K.

On the Friday entering Memorial Day weekend it pours rain for our entire 8-hour drive from NER World HQ on the South Shore of Boston to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa in the province of Ontario. When we depart on Monday the drumbeat of precipitation will once again be our traveling companion for another 8-hours. But in between these soggy bookends the weather is spectacular, good news for the 43,148 runners entered to run in the Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend slew of events that includes Saturday’s family friendly 2K (3,259); HTG Sports 5K (8,919); 10K (10,903); and Sunday’s Scotiabank Marathon (5,293) and Half Marathon (13,438) and conclusion of the Scotiabank Kids Marathon (1,336).

Arriving on Friday we expected the mood to be as dour as the weather, what with the beloved Ottawa Senators (The Sens!) having fallen in double overtime just the night before to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup semifinals. We are assured, however, that the Sens have overachieved all season, that the sun will come out tomorrow and that the largest weekend sporting event in the country is about to unfold.

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