Rules and Regulations

Stay on Course

Runners must follow and stay on the course at all times. In most cases, the entire road is at the runner’s disposal. Where cones are used, shortening the course by not following the cone line is against the rules and may expose runners to unsafe conditions. Runners will be disqualified if they do not follow the course route. Participants may not use curbs, sidewalks, or grass surfaces, as they are not part of the measured course.


With the exception of the Ottawa 2K, baby joggers and strollers are not permitted.

Mechanical Assistance

In-line skates, scooters, or any other mechanical assistance are not permitted in any event. For athletes with disabilities please refer to our Athletes with Disabilities page for details.


Dogs, with the exception of service animals, are not permitted in any of the events.


While the use of headphones is permitted on the course, they are not recommended.


Runners must wear their bib so that it is visible to marshals. Runners who fail to do so are subject to expulsion.

Follow the Rules

Participants agree to follow the instructions of race, medical and police officials. Failure to follow the course rules can result in disqualification.