Reaction to today’s explosions at Boston Marathon

April 15, 2013 – OTTAWA – Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend shares the shock and regret felt around the world following this afternoon’s explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

“We are saddened to learn about the three reported deaths and the many injuries to runners and spectators,” says John Halvorsen, Race Director and President of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “Our thoughts are with their families and friends.”

“In Boston, Ottawa and in every city that stages road races, the primary goal is always to offer runners a well-managed race event that is safe and secure,” added John Halvorsen. “Whatever the cause of the explosions, it is deeply regrettable. In the coming days and weeks, we will certainly review our security protocols with the Ottawa Police Service to ensure the safety of our runners and spectators.”

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2012 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed more than 42,600 participants in seven races, including the Marathon, the Half-Marathon, the 10K, HTG Sports 5K, 2K and Y Kids Marathon. The Ottawa Marathon and Ottawa 10K are both designated Silver Label IAAF events by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). An economic impact assessment produced by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance in 2012 estimated that the event generated $27.8 million in total economic activity for the region. Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Ottawa Race Weekend, is dedicated to promoting the sport of running and enhancing the health and well-being of our community by organizing distinctive world-class and local races, and managing an active, membership-based running club. Information:


Annie Boucher
Media relations
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
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