Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

Welcome to Canada’s largest and fastest marathon, PERMIT_RRG_LABEL_FULL-COLOUR (1)
the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon.

The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon is one of two IAAF Gold Label marathon events in Canada. Every year, the race attracts Canada’s largest marathon field (7,000 participants) as well as a world-class contingent of elite athletes. In 2014, the marathon celebrated its 40th year with new course records in both the men’s and women’s races, including the fastest time ever run on Canadian soil—2:06:54 by Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia.

Featuring the beautiful scenery of Canada’s capital, the top-notch organization of an IAAF event, the atmosphere of hundreds of thousands of spectators, and a fast course perfect both for personal bests and first-timers, this is a world-class marathon that must be experienced. The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon is also one of Canada’s largest Boston Qualifiers.

The race is open to all runners and no qualifying time is required. There is a seven-hour time limit. Strollers are not permitted in this event.


  • Boston Marathon Qualifier
  • The race is open to all runners and walkers.
  • This event has a wave start with each corral sent off approximately every two minutes – Start Line Information.
  • There are no strollers allowed in this event.
  • This race is broadcast live on TV and online.


  • Kilometre markers along the entire route
  • Cheering and entertainment stations on the marathon route
  • Toilets at every water station
  • Full medical services on the route and at the finish line
  • Water/Gatorade stations are set up approximately every 3K for the marathon. Gatorade Thirst Quencher (orange & lemon lime) is served at the first tables of each station, and water at the following tables
  • Stations are set up with tables on both sides of the road (except at 33K)
  • PowerGel Stations are located before the water stations at 20K and 32K
  • Sponge stations are located at 16K, 25K  and 36K


  • Male: Girmay Birhanu (Ethiopia) – 2:08:14
  • Female: Aberu Zennebe (Ethiopia) – 2:25:30


  • Male (2014): Yemane Tsegay (Ethiopia) – 2:06:54
  • Female (2014): Tigist Tufa (Ethiopia) – 2:24:31


Marathon - Evelation


Date and Start Time

May 29, 2016
Marathon: 7:00 a.m.

Entry fees

  Member Non-member
Marathon $100 $105


2015 Overall Prize (Male & Female) – US Dollars

  • 1st Place – $ 30,000
  • 2nd Pace – $ 15,000
  • 3rd Place – $ 10,000
  • 4th Place – $ 5,000
  • 5th Place – $ 4,000
  • 6th Place – $ 3,000
  • 7th Place – $ 2,000
  • 8th Place – $ 1,000
  • 9th Place – $ 500
  • 10th Place – $ 250

Please refer to Awards and Prizes for more details.


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