Race Weekend Quick Facts

Note: the information on this page is for the 2015 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Please check back soon for up-to-date information for 2016.


Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend – May 23-24, 2015

Ottawa Race Weekend by the numbers

1: The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is number one: it is the biggest multi-distance race event in Canada and has the largest marathon in Canada. The IAAF Silver label Ottawa Marathon is only one of two IAAF sanctioned marathons in Canada, and the IAAF Gold label Ottawa 10K is the only Canadian 10K race sanctioned by the IAAF. This year, the Ottawa 10K is also home to the Canadian 10K Championships.
4: The Ottawa 10K is only the fourth 10K in the world, and first in Canada, to be awarded the coveted Gold label from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
30: Number of times the Ottawa 10K has been run.
32.3: It is estimated that Race Weekend pumps approximately $32.3 million into the Ottawa-Gatineau economy.
9,000: The approximate number of hotel rooms booked in Ottawa-Gatineau on Race Weekend.
30,000: Number of sponges to be handed out to marathon and half-marathon runners.
48,000: Number of people expected to register in the 2015 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (excluding elite athletes). In 2014, there were close to 47,387. Race Weekend registration has grown by more than 350% since 2000.
600,000: Number of drinking cups that will be diverted from the landfill thanks to our partnership with Cascades Recovery.

Registration caps

  • Scotiabank Marathon – 7,000 spots
  • Scotiabank Half-marathon – 13,500 spots – SOLD OUT
  • Ottawa 10K – 12,000 spots – SOLD OUT
  • HTG 5K – 10,500 spots – SOLD OUT
  • Ottawa 2K – 4,000 spots – SOLD OUT
  • Scotiabank Kids Marathon – 1,500 spots

In 2014, 44.5% of overall participants were male and 55.5% are female.

Volunteer support

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend relies on the dedicated support of more than 2,500 volunteers who work in the following areas: registration and race kit pick-up; at the start and finish lines; water stations; sweat check; medical tent; on the route; at the information booth; and, in the recovery area.

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge #ScotiaChallenge

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend offers unique opportunities for charities to generate fundraising dollars. Registered charities in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend have raised close to $1 million over the years. In 2015, more than 41 charities are participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Official cheering stations

Approximately 100,000 spectators will be cheering on runners along the Rideau Canal and at official cheering stations during the marathon and half-marathon races.

World-class medical support

Each year, the Drill Hall is converted into a fully equipped medical area complete with emergency room doctors and nurses, paramedics. There are also 10 medical stations on the route and a mobile medical team on bicycles.

Live Broadcast

The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Ottawa 10K will be broadcast live on www.runottawa.ca and Rogers-TV 22. You can join Tim Hutchings, Mark Sutcliffe and special guests beginning at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23 for the Ottawa 10K and at 7:00 a.m. Sunday, May 24 for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon.


Event records

Ottawa 10k

Men: 27:24 Deriba Merga (ETH) 2009
Women: 31:22 Mary Keitany (KEN) 2014


Ottawa Marathon

Men: 2:06:54* Yemane Tseguay (ETH) 2014
Women: 2:24:30 Tigist Tufa (ETH) 2014


*This was also a Canadian soil record.