Ethiopian Andamlak Berta wins 2018 Ottawa 10K

Camp Misquah wins inaugural 10K Dream Team Challenge

Ottawa, May 26, 2018 – Elite athletes predicted to finish strong didn’t disappoint tonight at the Ottawa 10K race in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

First place in the men’s category was 19-year-old Ethiopian Andamlak Berta with a time of 27:48. Alia Mohammed, 27, from United Arab Emirates was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 31:36. Despite both the men and women going out at world record pace, neither broke the Ottawa 10K race course records in the end.

The men’s Canadian National champion and 9th place finisher overall was Evan Esselink, 26, from Guelph, with a time of 30:31. Rachel Cliff, 30, from Vancouver was the women’s Canadian National Champion and 5th overall with a 32:23 finish.

“For this year’s race we brought together one of the strongest fields since the 10K race earned its IAAF Gold Label status, and they made the race an exciting one,” said Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “The dream team added an element that created more excitement because the men and women were competing each other for every spot.”

2018 Ottawa 10K winners


1. Andamlak Berta 27:48 Ethiopia
2. Benard Kimeli 28:22 Kenya
3. Mohamed Reda 28:23 Morocco


1. Alia Mohammed 31:36 United Arab Emirates
2. Edith Chelimo 31:47 Kenya
3. Gladys Kimaina 32:19 Kenya

Top 20 results (PDF)

Camp Misquah charity wins $3,000 in 2018 10K Dream Team Challenge

Earlier this month Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend introduced a new team format for its 10K race elite prizing. Sixteen elite runners were chosen to run in teams of four. Racers competed to win individual prizes, team prize money and money for local charities taking part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

This year’s Ottawa 10K Dream Team winning charity was Camp Misquah, an organization located in Gracefield, Quebec that provides a camping experience for people of all ages with developmental disabilities. Their team’s efforts raised $3,000.00 for their chosen charity, while each team member took home $500.00. The winning Dream Team members were:

  • Andamlak Berta, Ethiopia
  • Edith Chelimo, Kenya
  • Gladys Kimaina, Kenya
  • Angela Tanui, Kenya

About Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2018 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 26-27 and will welcome participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the Aquahaulics Ottawa 2K and Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon. In 2017, runners raised $826,175 for 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. For more information or to register: