Community Challenges

We’re lucky that Ottawa is full of names and faces that are familiar to Canadians across the country; from Members of Parliament on Parliament Hill to Ottawa City Councillors in City Hall to well-known members of the media, both on the air and online.

We’re lucky because every year we challenge these folks to run at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend to help bring visibility to the importance of health and fitness in our communities, as well as show support for the thousands of people who will be pounding the pavement in May.

And the bragging rights that come along with winning aren’t so bad either.

MP Challenge

After a 78-day election campaign in 2015, our Members of Parliament aren’t strangers to logging a lot of kilometres. Now we’re asking them to log a few more. In collaboration with Hull-Aylmer MP Greg Fergus, we’re asking members of Parliament to run in support of ALS Society of Canada in honour of colleague Mauril Bélanger.

Want to see if your MP is running… or maybe give them a nudge to run? Post about it using the hashtag #CdnPoliRuns

Councillor Challenge

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend has become an annual celebration of civic pride for residents across our city. In recognition of that, we’re working with with City of Ottawa Sports Commissioner and Innes Ward City Councillor Jody Mitic in order to get his council colleagues to lace up their shoes and run in support of our city.

Follow the action online using the hashtag #OttPoliRuns

Media Challenge

If you’re a reporter, editor or producer in local, regional or national media, we’re asking you to take a break from chasing stories and spend a day chasing prizes for charities of your choice.

Scotiabank will award three prizes in the form of charity donations in the 10K, Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Half-Marathon: one for fastest male runner, one for the fastest female runner, and one for the runner who raised the most money. You can check out last year’s winners here.

If you’re interested in participating, sign up for any race at the 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and contact [email protected] for more details.

Corporate Challenge

Finally, we know many employers in the region have a competitive spirit too, and we want to see which one of them is going to make the biggest contribution to a healthy workplace.

Simply get yourself and your colleagues, your department or your whole company to sign up for any one of the races at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Then, choose a charity you’ll be supporting as a team. After that, you can register your team by contacting [email protected]

We’ll be giving out some fun prizes to the team with the most money raised and the team with the most members.

More information

Have questions about any of the challenges or want to learn more? Please contact [email protected]