Sports 4 Émilie’s Run 5K for Women

Note: online registration for Émilie’s Run will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22nd. Last minute participants are invited to register on-site on Sunday at race kit pick-up* (see below for details).

Heat Advisory: Sunday, September 24 is going to be hot. Any amount of exercise, even a 5K, can put individuals at greater risk for dehydration. Please remember to hydrate before, after and during your race, and if you begin to feel unwell, take rest.

This September, Run Ottawa will be organizing the 2017 Émilie’s Run 5K for Women.

Started in 2005 by running coach and founder Ken Parker, the event aims to provide an opportunity for competitive women to lead a race, set the pace, and be the overall race winners, as well as encourage new runners to come out and experience the race day environment for the first time.

Since its inception, the race has been draw for Canada and the world’s elite female runners, like New Zealand’s Mary Davies and Kenya’s Lucy Njeri Macharia. Canadian Rachel Hannah is the reigning two-time champion, and also set the course record of 15:57.5 in 2014.

The run was named in memory of Émilie Mondor, the first Canadian woman to run sub-15:00 in the 5K and a member of Team Canada at the 2004 Olympics. Originally from Mascouche, Quebec, Émilie was living in Ottawa to train for the marathon when she died in a car accident in the fall of 2006.

All 5K and 1K participants will receive a commemorative medal and shirt. All tot trot participants will receive a medal.

This is a timed race and results will appear on

Please note: participation in the 5K is reserved for women. Participation in the 1K and 100m Tot Trot is open to both girls and boys.

Kids Run Ottawa

Schools and run clubs, please visit Kids Run Ottawa for a fun, active program designed for students 6-12 years old.

Date and Start Time

Sun, September 24, 2017
5K start: 9:00 a.m.
1K start: 10:00 a.m.
100 metre tot trot : 10:15 a.m.


The course is an out-and-back along the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway near the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Paid parking is available at the museum.

Course Information

Wheelchair Racing Suitable – This race takes place on fully closed paved roads and is well-suited for wheelchair racing.   Course does contain one hairpin turn.  If you would like to participate using a wheelchair, please contact us to register.

Entry Fees

5K – Adult$30$40
5K – Youth (18 & Under)$15$25
1K – Children (Ages 5-11)$10$15
100m Tot Trot (Under 5)$5$5

Race Kit Pick-Up

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
149 Bank St
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 24th, 2017*
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Parkway
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

*Participants can register for Émilie’s Run on-site during Sunday’s race kit pick-up.


The first five overall female finishers in the 5K will be honoured in an award presentation ceremony that will take place in the awards area shortly after the finish.

The prizes are:

  • 1st – $1000.00
  • 2nd – $750.00
  • 3rd – $550.00
  • 4th – $400.00
  • 5th – $300.00

1st Junior (18 & under) – $250.00

1st Master (40 & over) – $500.00

All participants receive a medal at the finish line of their race.


To find out more about volunteering, please contact [email protected].

Medical Services

All medical services for this event are provided by St. John Ambulance



This course is accredited by Athletics Ontario.