Race Weekend Quick Facts


Tamarack 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.
2: The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is the only running event in North America, and the second in the world, to host two International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) Gold label events: the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and the Ottawa 10K.
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 IAAF. The Ottawa 10K is also home to the Canadian 10K Championships.
34.4: It is estimated that Race Weekend pumps approximately $34.4 million into the Ontario 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.
50,000: Number of people expected to register in the 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (excluding elite athletes). In 2015, there were close to 49,439. 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.

Who runs our event?

In 2015

  • 44.8% male
    • 34.7% aged between 20-59
  • 55.2% female
    • 43.3% aged between 20-59
  • 64% of runners come from outside the region

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 #RunScotia

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 participated in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, raising more than $800,000.

Official cheering stations

Approximately 200,000 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 are broadcast live on www.runottawa.ca and Rogers-TV 22.


Event records

Ottawa 10K

Men: 27:24 Deriba Merga (ETH)
Women: 30:56 Gladys Cherono (KEN)


Ottawa Marathon

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

*This was also a Canadian soil record.