Free Saturday 5K Series

jpRun for Jonathan on December 3rd!

Our final Free Saturday 5K of 2016 takes place December 3rd  at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum. We’ve had a great year and we thank you all for being a part of it.

As you’re probably aware, Jonathan Pitre, a good friend of Run Ottawa and our entire city, is currently in Minneapolis recovering from treatment that will hopefully provide some relief from his treacherous disease. It’s been a tough go.

To put it in running terms, he has had a false start and he’s headed back to the start line in March.

Jonathan and his mother Tina are courageously doing everything they can to get to the finish line and return back to Ottawa. The expression, “this is a marathon, not a sprint” certainly applies to them.

This year Jonathan and Tina participated in the HTG 5K during race weekend, raising funds despite the heat, for Debra Canada, the charity dedicated to creating awareness and providing support for families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). They also brought their smiles and enthusiasm for our sport to the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Street Party on Sparks Street on May 26.

We’ve had the privilege of meeting both Tina and Jonathan and they are special people. Inspiring. Brave. Unselfish. Remarkable.

To honour their spirit for life, we are dedicating the upcoming December 3rd Free Saturday 5K to Jonathan and Tina, so that we can let them know the running community and our awesome group of Saturday runners are collectively thinking about them. We have over 450 registered already!

To that end, we are requesting a small gesture from you. After you register with us, please take a minute and zip up a $5.00 bill into your jacket and bring it with you on race day so we can provide Tina and Jonathan with a gift to assist them with their ongoing expenses. 

Run Ottawa and Sports 4 together will be making a financial contribution as well. Our volunteer team will be accepting your contribution when you check-in at registration. We appreciate your consideration and generosity.

Please read more about Jonathan and Tina’s courageous story here.

If you’d like to send Jonathan a message, letting him know you’ll be running for him his twitter handle is @pitrej02. He’s also on Facebook here.


On the first Saturday morning of every month (with the exception of November), Run Ottawa holds a free 5K event at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. This is a great way to test your fitness over the summer and fall at a family friendly event.

Come run at your pace of choice on this scenic route that is held on the roads and pathways within the Central Experimental Farm.

These events are self timed, aided by a digital clock at the finish line. Water will be available on-site.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum for their support of our Saturday Farm Runs. To learn more about the Museum and all their great programs, please visit their website. You can also follow them on Twitter @agmuseum

Reminder: These events are free for everyone!


Look for the signs that will direct you to the parking areas within the Central Experimental Farm.  There is no charge to park and the lots are fairly close to the registration area.

For more information contact Joe Du Vall via email, [email protected] or call 613-234-2221.

Date and Start Time

All Saturday 5K events commence at 9:00 a.m. Registration commences at 8:00 a.m.

2016 Dates:

  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 9
  • August 6
  • September 3
  • October 1
  • December 3


Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on the Central Experimental Farm (Maple Drive). Enter via Prince of Wales Drive on the west side of the traffic circle or Fisher Avenue and Island Park Drive.

Washrooms are located in Building 85, next to the ‘dairy barn.’

Course Information

This course follows the roads of the Central Experimental Farm and has two loops. Due to the multi-loop nature of the course this event is not ideal for wheelchair participants. Please contact [email protected] for any specific questions about the course.

Entry fees

  Member Non-member
Free $0 $0


Thanks to our partners at Sports 4, random draws will be held afterwards.


Volunteers are always welcome! You can assist in the assembly and disassembly of the course, and still participate in the race. To find out more about volunteering, please contact [email protected]

Medical Services

All medical services for these events are provided by St. John Ambulance.