Update on COVID-19

March 9th, 2020

Like all event organizers in Canada and around the world, we have been monitoring the updates and daily situation reports of COVID-19. With the assistance of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa Public Health as well as our own medical team from The Ottawa Hospital, we are ensuring that we have all current and necessary information as we move closer to race weekend.

Our top priority, as always, remains the health and safety of our runners, volunteers, staff and the community at large.

With two months to go before our event on May 23-24, we currently have no plans to cancel or postpone. Should the current risk level change in such a way that we would consider modifications to Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, we will advise all guests to ensure everyone has the most up to date information at hand. 

To date, Ottawa has remained at low risk for COVID-19. Ottawa Public Health has taken precautions and created an effective action plan if the spread of the virus accelerates. We continue to be in close contact with them and will heed their advice and recommendations. 

Below are recommended habits on how to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses and proper etiquette to consider while running:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Clear your nose away from fellow runners.
  • Dispose of your drink cup, gel packs, and other personal items in the proper receptacle.
  • It is still recommended to get your flu shot if you haven’t already as the flu virus is still circulating in the community.

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