Capital XC Challenge featuring the Jim Howe Memorial 6K Cross Country Races

Autumn is a popular season for many, with the advent of its beautiful colours and cooler temperatures. However, runners welcome autumn because it means ‘cross-country season, and the opportunity to race off road.

Run Ottawa is partnering with the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club to stage the ‘Capital XC Challenge.’ This two-day event features the Eastern Ontario Elementary School Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning and a high school meet on Friday afternoon, October 13th. Go to for more information.

The featured event is the Jim Howe Memorial 6K Cross Country Races on Saturday afternoon, October 14. Named in honour of Dr. Jim Howe, a long-time runner and respected member of the community, it is a classic cross-country race. The surface will be vary and may include grass (including potential muddy sections), gravel trails, obstacles and track surfaces at the finish.

Scroll down for information about registering for the Capital XC Challenge.

Jim Howe Memorial Races Date, Times and Location

Saturday October 14
Men’s 6K – 2:30 p.m.
Women’s 6K – 3:00 p.m.

(organizers reserve the right to stage the men’s and women’s race together. Revised start time would be 3:00 p.m.)

Terry Fox Athletic Facility
2960 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON K1V 8N4

Open Category Entry Fees

Adults (19 and older)$20$30
Youth (under 18)$10$15

University/College Athletes and Team Entry Fees

University/college athletes and open teams have a special rate of $15 per athlete ($30 on race day) with a maximum fee of $100 per team

Teams (Men or Women)$100
Same day registration (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)$30

Note: Deadline to enter the college and university races is Thursday October 12, 2017 at 8 p.m.. To enter a team please contact Andy McInnis at [email protected] or 613-85-6783.

Jim Howe Memorial Races Course Information

The race distance is 6K and is comprised of 2 small loops, 2 large loops and the finish stretch on the synthetic track. The surfaces include a small paved section, mud and grass surfaces, several curbs and obstacles along the course. These conditions make this event unsuitable for wheelchair racing.

Not Wheelchair Racing Suitable – This race takes place on both paved, mud and grass surfaces, and has several curbs and obstacles along the course. These conditions make this event not suitable for wheelchair racing. Wheelchairs are not permitted.


Awards will be given to the top 20 individual race finishers. Awards to the top three teams (seven deep) and cash prizes will be given to the top three schools in the men’s and women’s division.

1st Place – $500
2nd Place – $300
3rd Place – $200

Awards presentation will take place immediately at the end of the race.


Kids Run Ottawa

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


For more information or to volunteer, please email [email protected].

Medical Services

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