43rd Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend wrap-up

Scotiabank Charity Challenge sets new fundraising record

May 28, 2017 (OTTAWA) – Under blue skies and dry weather, the 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed more than 43,000 participants in six races on Saturday and Sunday.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, provincial and territorial flags and entertainment dotted the Marathon course, and jets from ACM Warbirds of Canada flew over the race courses on Saturday and Sunday. In addition this year, Race Weekend organizers introduced two new multi-distance events:

  • The Lumberjack Challenge, with 150 participants running 2K, 5K, 10K and Marathon distances.
  • The Voyageur Challenge, with 259 participants running 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon distances.

2017 registration figures

Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon 5,293
Scotiabank Ottawa Half-Marathon 13,438
Ottawa 10K 10,903
HTG Sports 5K 8,919
Ottawa 2K 3,259
Scotiabank Kids Marathon 1,336
TOTAL 43,148

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Participants running for charitable causes have set a new milestone, raising $826,175 and counting. Through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, more than 1,800 participants running for one of 64 charities were able to join a high profile, turnkey fundraising initiative that directly support local organizations.

List of charities involved in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.


“We are delighted with the turn-out and success of this year’s Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. As always, we greatly appreciate the generous support of our partners, the more than 2,500 volunteers who helped us in a variety of ways, and our many service providers. It was a fun and memorable way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

John Halvorsen, President and Race Director of Run Ottawa

“We are thrilled to see such a record result for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. This amazing fundraising result demonstrate how community involvement runs deep in the heart of Ottawa residents. On behalf of Scotiabank I want to thank all those who made their run more meaningful by giving back to their community through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.”

Carole Chapdelaine, Scotiabank’s Senior Vice President,

Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 

The 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed more than to 43,000 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the Ottawa 2K and Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon. Runners raised $826,175 and counting for 64 local and national charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races: the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 27-28, 2017. For more information or to register: www.runottawa.ca.

About Scotiabank

At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their full potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank’s goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2016, Scotiabank contributed more than $70 million to help our communities around the world.

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