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Over the last month, the running community has gathered to show its solidarity with Boston and its resolve to continue to celebrate running together. As a sign of our continued support, we are wearing our love for Boston on our 2013 race bibs.
We have been working closely with our police force to ensure a safe race for everyone in Ottawa. Most additional security measures will happen behind the scenes, but we ask for your help in the following ways:
Thank you for your help and patience! We look forward to a fun and safe weekend together!
Are you one of the 44,000 runners who will take part at this year’s Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend? Then you’ll be sharing the course with some of the World and Canada’s fastest runners.
Among the elite athletes competing this year is Geoffrey Mutai, the Boston Marathon record holder. Mutai is back to defend his 2012 Ottawa 10K title and is taking aim at Ottawa’s 27:24 course record. And it will be interesting to see if Canadian Rob Watson will put together a great time coming off of his gutsy performance in this year’s Boston Marathon.
In the men’s marathon, Laban Moiben, also of Kenya, will be defending his 2012 Ottawa title and is reported to be on the hunt for the fastest marathon time on Canadian soil (2:07:57). Joining him in the marathon is a strong field including top Canadian Eric Gillis, who put in a stellar performance in the Olympic Marathon last year, and who will get tons of crowd support as he rolls through the capital.
There will also be lots of excitement in the women’s marathon and 10K. In particular, the race for top Canadian in the 10K is shaping up to be a fantastic race with three of Canada’s top women—Lanni Marchant, Natasha Fraser and Krista DuChene—all lining up in top form. Fraser is coming off of a win in the 10K at the 2013 Vancouver Sun Run. DuChene won the 2013 Canadian Half-Marathon Championships in Montreal at the end of April. And Marchant is coming off of a record-setting win at this year’s Around the Bay Race. This will be a good one!
So, if you’re running, have fun sharing your race with some of the fastest in the world. And if you’re cheering, get ready to watch the world’s best on one of the world’s most beautiful running stages.
Making sure you stay hydrated and fueled is one of the most critical aspects of a successful marathon performance. So we’re happy to report that, like last year, there will be plenty of water and Gatorade (orange and lemon-lime) on course, as well as two fueling stations stocked with PowerBar gels.
PowerBar Gel stations will be located at 18K and 30K in the marathon and at 12K in the half-marathon. Gel flavours include strawberry/banana, vanilla, chocolate, double latte.
For more Runner’s Information, including info on Corrals, Pace Bunnies, Timing and the RaceMyRace Tracker app, click here.
Running isn’t just about personal bests. It’s also about giving back. Every year, participants at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend raise close to $1 million for charities in the National Capital Region. To celebrate this community spirit, we’re having a party at the Run Ottawa Charity Village on May 25th. You’re invited!
The Charity Village runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25th, and will feature great live music from local singer songwriters and a delicious Greekfest BBQ to support CHEO. So while you’re soaking up the atmosphere of the weekend, and waiting for the kickoff of the exciting Saturday evening races, stop by and share in the spirit that makes the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend about so much more than running.
The Charity Village is located off of Lisgar Street on the east side of City Hall. It runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday May 25th.