Race Weekend Quick Facts


Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

By the numbers

1:The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is number one: it is the biggest multi-distance race event in Canada and has the largest marathon in Canada.
2:The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is host to two International Amateur Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold label events: the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and the Ottawa 10K. It is the only running event in North America and only one of two in the world to have this designation.
4:The Ottawa 10K is only one of four 10K races in the world and the only one in Canada to be awarded the coveted Gold label from the IAAF. The Ottawa 10K is also home to the Canadian 10K Championships.
34.4:Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend pumps an estimated $34.4 million into the Ontario economy.
9,000:The approximate number of hotel rooms booked in Ottawa-Gatineau on Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.
30,000:Number of sponges handed out to Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Half Marathon runners.
50,000:Number of people expected to register in the 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (excluding elite athletes). In 2016, there were 46,912 participants. Since 2000, registration has grown by more than 350%.
600,000:Number of drinking cups that will be diverted from the landfill thanks to the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend partnership with Cascades Recovery.

Who runs our event?

In 2016:

  • 44.8% male
    • 57.7 % aged between 20-49
  • 55.2% female
    • 67.3 % aged between 20-49
  • 51.3% of runners come from outside the region

Volunteer support

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend relies on the dedicated support of more than 2,500 volunteers who work in the following areas:

  • Registration and race kit pick-up
  • Start and finish lines
  • Water stations
  • Sweat check
  • Medical tent
  • On the route
  • At the information booth
  • In the recovery area

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge #RunScotia

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend offers unique opportunities for charities to generate fundraising dollars. Registered charities in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend have raised close to $1 million over the years. In 2016, more than 61 charities participated in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge raising more than $775,000.

Official cheering stations

Approximately 200,000 spectators will be cheering on runners along the Rideau Canal and at official cheering stations during the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Half Marathon races.

World-class medical support

Each year, the Cartier Square Drill Hall is converted into a fully equipped medical area complete with emergency room doctors and nurses, paramedics. There are also 10 medical stations on the route and a mobile medical team on bicycles.

Live Broadcast

The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Ottawa 10K are broadcast live on www.runottawa.ca and Rogers-TV 22.


Event records

Ottawa 10K

Men:27:24Deriba Merga (ETH)
Women:30:56Gladys Cherono (KEN)


Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

Men:2:06:54Yemane Tseguay (ETH)
Women:2:24:30Tigist Tufa (ETH)