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Lacing up to raise money: the Scotiabank Charity Challenge is on!

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Participants to Raise Funds for 64 Charities

OTTAWA – May 15 2017 – Runners participating in Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend on May 27 and 28, 2017 can take an extra step to make their race count: join the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and raise money for one of 64 local and national charities.

“We’re celebrating 150 years of Canadian history and Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, as Canada’s largest running weekend, is the perfect stage for runners to demonstrate the generosity Canadians are known for,” said Carole Chapdelaine, Scotiabank’s Senior Vice President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region. “Whichever distance they tackle, runners can participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and help make a difference in the community.”

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is a turnkey fundraising program that provides a simple way for runners to support the charity of their choice and make a significant local impact. Through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, runners who sign up for any of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend events can raise awareness and funds. Participating charities keep 100% of the proceeds raised, as Scotiabank covers all transaction and credit card fees.

In addition to the money raised by runners, participating charities can also receive additional sums through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Awards:

Official Charity with the largest total dollars raised

 

  1. First place: $4,250
  2. Second place: $2,500
  3. Third place: $1,500

Official Charity with the largest number of Fundraising Runners

  1. First place: $4,250
  2. Second place: $2,500
  3. Third place: $1,500

Official Charity with the largest average dollars raised per Fundraising Runner

  1. First place: $4,250
  2. Second place: $2,500
  3. Third place: $1,500

How to get involved:

  • Fundraise: Event participants can visit RunOttawa.ca to sign up for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and raise funds as an individual or with a charity team. Have you already signed up to run? It’s not too late to sign up as a fundraiser!
  • Donate: Anyone can support a charity by making a one-time donation through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge page. Every little bit helps!
  • Cheer: Come out and support your friends and family along the race route and as they cross the finish line. You can also show your support to runners online by using the hashtag #runScotia.
  • Race: For information and schedules of the different events, please visit the Weekend Information section of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend website.
  • The Ottawa 2K begins at 3 p.m. on May 27, followed by the HTG Sports Ottawa 5K at 4 p.m. and the Ottawa 10K at 6:30 p.m. The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon starts at 7 a.m. on May 28, followed by the Scotiabank Kids Marathon at 8 a.m. and the Scotiabank Ottawa Half Marathon at 9 a.m. For full details, refer to the start-line information.

“Ottawa runners and their supporters have shown great generosity over the years at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend,” said John Halvorsen, Race Director. “The Scotiabank Charity Challenge helps channel this generosity for 64 local and national charities, and makes it easy for runners to give back.”

Scotiabank offers a Scotiabank Charity Challenge at six sponsored marathon events across Canada in Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.  Over the past two years, the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend has raised over 1.6 million dollars.

Scotiabank believes in helping young people reach their full potential, and the Scotiabank Charity Challenge demonstrates this commitment to young people in our community, as many organizations that take part have a direct impact on local youth. Young people are our future leaders, and it’s crucial to provide them with the skills and resources they need to succeed. Every step helps young people in our community.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 23 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of $887 billion (as at January 31, 2017), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed close to 47,000 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the Ottawa 2K and Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon. Through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, runners raised close to $800,000 for local and national charities.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races – the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 27-28, 2017. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca.

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Brooke Anderson
High Road for Scotiabank
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613-688-7778

Annie Boucher
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
[email protected]
613-863-3702

LIXAR music stages set to pump-up runners at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

Ottawa, May 11, 2017 – LIXAR, an Ottawa-based technology leader in next-gen mobile, data science, IoT (Internet of Things), and cloud applications is partnering with Run Ottawa to bring more local music to runners and spectators at the 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

“At LIXAR, we know how much both music and fitness add to the quality of life of our team and our communities,” said Bill Syrros, CEO Lixar. “We saw race weekend as an opportunity to bring these together, while supporting our vibrant local music scene.”

With LIXAR’s support, Run Ottawa has added more music stages along all course routes to pump-up runners. LIXAR has made it a priority to present a diverse and dynamic range of local musical talent.

A main LIXAR Stage is being placed at Frank Street and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway so that all runners, regardless of distance – 2K, 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon – may benefit. Programmed by local festival MEGAPHONO, the main LIXAR stage will showcase featured emerging local artists to the crowds that cheer at that location, while energizing runners for their home stretch.

“Runners love to hear and see live music during their race. It can add fuel to an already great run or help to focus on something other than the run during a tough patch,” said John Halvorsen, President of Run Ottawa and Race Director of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “Our partnership with LIXAR will mean more local music and more awesome atmosphere for our runners and spectators.”

But LIXAR isn’t just bringing the music. They’ve also challenged their staff to get on the starting line for the HTG Sports Ottawa 5K on Saturday.

“Being active is an important part of our company culture,” said Syrros. “What better way to symbolize that than get everyone together for a fun 5K and celebrate with great live music along the way?”

Main LIXAR Stage – Frank and Queen Elizabeth Driveway

Final schedule of artists to come. Visit runottawa.ca for more information.

About Lixar

Lixar drives mobile connected ecosystems and data-rich tech innovation; developing mobile platforms and solutions for enterprise-level clients in air, automotive and telecommunications.

Lixar creates next-gen mobile, data science, IoT, and cloud technology and is proud to work with partners such as NASCAR, Microsoft and Allegiant Airlines to name a few.

www.lixar.com  @LixarIT

About the Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed close to 47,000 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the Ottawa 2K and Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon. Through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, runners raised $775,000 for local and national charities.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races – the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 27-28, 2017. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca.

For more information:

Shelley Fraser, LIXAR, 613-720-9498

Annie Boucher, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, 613-863-3702

Run here for Canada’s big year!

Registration for 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend opens today

Ottawa, September 1, 2016 – Registration for the 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (#RunOttawa2017) is now open. Starting today, people can register for the Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon, Ottawa 2K, HTG Sports 5K, Ottawa 10K, Scotiabank Half-Marathon and Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon at www.runottawa.ca

“2017 promises to be a great year for our country, our city, and our runners,” said John Halvorsen, President of Run Ottawa and Race Director of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “We have a number of exciting activities in the works to mark Canada’s 150th at our event. Details will be announced in the coming months.”

Again this year, runners are encouraged to take part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge to make their race even more meaningful. Last year, runners raised more $775,000 for one of 61 national charities participating in the challenge.

The 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 27-28, 2017.

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed close to 47,000 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the Ottawa 2K and Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races – the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 27-28, 2017. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca.

Runners competed with extreme weather conditions at 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

Strong weekend for elites and Rio Olympic Games qualifiers

 May 29, 2016 (OTTAWA) – The city’s hot weather made as many news headlines as racers at this year’s Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

On Saturday, May 28 following consultation with their medical and related resources, race officials announced they would move the start times of two races to allow runners to take advantage of anticipated cooler temperatures on a 30-plus degree day.

The first was the Ottawa 10K on Saturday, which moved from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The second was the Scotiabank Half Marathon event on Sunday, which was moved to 8:15 a.m. from the usual 9:00 a.m. start.

Despite extreme weather conditions, elite athletes in the 10K and marathon events delivered very strong results.

2016 registration figures

RACEPARTICIPANTS
Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon5,406
Scotiabank Ottawa Half-Marathon14,363
Ottawa 10K13,016
HTG Sports 5K9,319
Ottawa 2K3,926
Scotiabank Kids Marathon883
TOTAL46,912

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Participants running for charitable causes outdid themselves this year, raising $775,000 and counting. Through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, participants running for one of 61 charities were able to join a high profile, turnkey fundraising initiative.

To see a list of charities involved in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, visit the Scotiabank Charity Challenge website.

Quotes

“Run Ottawa is grateful for the cooperation and flexibility that runners showed this weekend as times for events shifted and adjustments to the marathon had to be made. With the support of our partners, service providers, volunteers and so many others, we were able to put on a great Race Weekend despite the extreme weather we experienced.”

John Halvorsen, President and Race Director of Run Ottawa

“Run Ottawa is thoroughly impressed once again with the commitment that runners showed to the many charities they supported this year. The organizers of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge are to be congratulated for their tremendous commitment and hard work to make our Race Weekend a more meaningful event.”

“It’s inspiring to see the running community come together, racing for personal bests and to raise $775,000 and counting for community charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. The enthusiasm and dedication demonstrated by the fundraising participants is truly inspiring. Thank you to everyone who raised funds through this weekend’s event; this total may put us over the top as we strive to exceed the landmark goal of raising $50 million nationally since the inception of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge in 2003.”

Carole Chapdelaine, Scotiabank’s Senior Vice President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed close to 47,000 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the Ottawa 2K and Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races – the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 27-28, 2017. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca.

About Scotiabank: 

Through our global community investment strategy, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2015 Scotiabank contributed $67 million to help our communities around the world.

Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 23 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of $920 billion (as at January 31, 2016), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). Scotiabank distributes the Bank’s media releases using Marketwired. For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

Information:

Annie Boucher
Media relations
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
613-863-3702
[email protected]
@aboucherfuse |   @ottawamarathon

Kristin McCleister
Public, Corporate and Government Affairs
Scotiabank
416-933-0646
[email protected]

Heat forces shorter race for some runners at Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

Elites race some of Ottawa’s best times ever; 5 qualify for Rio Olympic Games

May 29, 2016 – OTTAWA – Hot and humid temperatures forced a detour for some runners today at the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon.

Shortly after 11 a.m. at around the 4-hour mark of the race, officials made a weather-based decision to close a roughly 10 kilometre stretch of the marathon course to remaining runners returning to Ottawa from Gatineau via the Alexandra Bridge. At their pace this meant about 1 ¼ hours less time on the roads at what would be the hottest point in the day, with expected humidex readings as high as 40 degrees C.

It was a different story in the earlier part of the day, where spectators witnessed an Ethiopian sweep in both the men’s and women’s categories

Hot weather conditions didn’t do much to slow down the frontrunners and Rio Olympic Games hopefuls, who delivered some of the marathon’s strongest performances ever. Ottawa was a preferred destination for many elite-level athletes looking to secure an Olympics berth. Even in warmer than usual weather, five racers made the grade today.

Frontrunner Dino Sefir, 28, crossed the finish line in 2:08:14, nearly two full minutes ahead of fellow Ethiopian Shura Kitata, 19, who ran 2:10:04. Kenyan Dominic Ondoro rounded out the top three with a time of 2:11:39.

All three of the top female finishers this year were Ethiopians. Koren Jelela, 29, ran 2:27:06. She beat last year’s winner, 32-year-old Aberu Mekuria, who came in at 2:29:51. Third place finisher was Sechale Dalasa, 24, with a time of 2:32:46.

Top Canadian woman was Tarah Korir, 29, with a time of 2:35:46. Korir was paced by her husband Wesley Korir, former Boston and Chicago marathon winner and no stranger to Ottawa’s marathon course. She was followed by Neasa Coll, 33, from Vancouver with a time of 2:46:16 and Brittany Moran, 28, from Etobicoke with 2:48:35.

Top Canadian man this year was Kip Kangogo, 36, from Lethbridge, who ran 2:21:23. John Parrott, 29, from Guelph, Ontario and Aaron Cooper, 30, from Camlachie, Ontario came in second and third, with times of 2:26:10 and 2:28:12 respectively.

Results: Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

Quotes:

“We made today’s decision to reroute some of our marathoners with their health and safety in mind. We closely monitored weather conditions and the capacity of our medical services. It was always one of the options when weather forecasts became an issue a few days ago.”

John Halvorsen, President and Race Director, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

“This year’s marathon performances by both men and women elites were really impressive, with times as strong as in years when hot weather conditions weren’t an issue. Dino Sefir’s time was exactly the same as last year’s winning time – the third best time ever for our marathon event. It was a highly competitive field and a great day for Rio qualifiers.”

Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator, Run Ottawa

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed about 47,000 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half-Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the 2K and Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races – the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca

 About Run Ottawa

Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, is dedicated to promoting the sport of running and enhancing the health and well-being of our community by organizing distinctive world-class and local races, and managing an active, membership-based running club. Visit us atwww.runottawa.ca.

Information:

Annie Boucher
Media relations
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
613-863-3702
[email protected]
@aboucherfuse |   @ottawamarathon

Ottawa 10K delivers thrills despite intense heat

Strong performances by elite Canadian men and women

May 28, 2016– OTTAWA– The Ottawa 10K start horn blew at 7:00 p.m. tonight – 30 minutes later than the usual 6:30 p.m. start – to give racers a chance to compete in slightly cooler evening temperatures.

The decision to move the race back a half-hour was made earlier in the day as race officials kept a close eye on weather conditions and consulted with medical and other experts supporting the race.

A rain shower started shortly after the race began — cooling elites and the roughly 13,000 runners trailing them.

Twenty-two year-old Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir staggered to a dramatic finish in 31:29 to win first place and the race’s gender challenge prize. This year, elite women were given a 3 minute 15 second advance start over their male counterparts. By finishing before the first male in less than that time gap, Jepchirchir takes home $2,000 US in addition to the $8,000 US first prize.

Mohammed Ziani, 23, of Morocco placed first in a near photo-finish with 23-year-old Yitayal Atnafu of Ethiopia. They clocked in at 28:36.5 and 28:36.9 respectively.

Intense heat didn’t slow down Canadian women, five of whom placed in the top 10. Lanni Marchant, 32, from London finished with 32:08.  She was followed closely by Natasha Wodak, 34, from Vancouver with 33:51 and Rachel Hannah, 29, from Guelph, Ontario with 34:36.

Three Canadian men finished in the top 10 and all in the 30 minute range. Reid Coolsaet, 36 from Guelph, Ontario ran to a 30:19 finish. He was followed by Kevin Friesen, 28 from Vancouver with 30:31 and Pier-Olivier Laflamme, 28, from Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec with 30:45.

Top 20 results.

Top 10 men:

1.Mohammed ZianiMAR28:36.5
2.Yitayal AtnafuETH28:36.9
3.Ahmed TamriMAR        28:39.7
4.Simon CheprotKEN29:10.8
5.John LotiangKEN29:19.9
6.Mohamed Reda El-AarabyMAR29:27.9
7.Reuben Kiplagat MaiyoKEN29:34.7
8.Reid CoolsaetCAN30:19.0
9.Kevin FriesenCAN30:30.8
10.Pier-Olivier LaflammeCAN30:44.0

Top 10 women:

1.Peres JepchirchirKEN31:28.9
2.Mamitu DaskaETH32:07.7
3.Rebecca ChesirKEN32:39.7
4.Lanni MarchantCAN33:25.9
5.Polline WanjikuKEN33:49.7
6.Natasha WodakCAN33:50.8
7.Rachel HannahCAN34:35.3
8.Laura BatterinkCAN34:49.4
9.Lisa BrookingCAN35:19.0
10.Victoria CoatesCAN35:58.3

Quotes:

“Peres Jepchirchir put in a gutsy performance tonight. She ran the first two kilometres at world record pace. She slowed down as the race progressed, but her performance was incredibly strong considering the warm weather conditions.”

Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator, Run Ottawa

“The men’s race was an example of road racing at its most exciting. They gave spectators a very tight race right down to the wire.”

Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator, Run Ottawa

“Our primary concern tonight was our runners. We moved the time of the Ottawa 10K to give them the best race experience despite the weather conditions. We cautioned them to hydrate well, adjust their pace to accommodate the heat, and pay attention to our race crew for news and information. We were fortunate to have a rain shower just as the race got underway, which cooled runners down and resulted in less pressure on our medical services.”

John Halvorsen, President and Race Director, Run Ottawa

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 

The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed about 47,000 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half-Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the 2K and Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races – the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 28-29, 2016. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca

Information:

Annie Boucher
Media relations
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
613-863-3702
[email protected]
@aboucherfuse |   @ottawamarathon