Run Ottawa and 9runrun announce new partnership as event goes virtual

Run Ottawa to support 9runrun’s local growth and national expansion 


June 16, 2020, Ottawa – Run Ottawa, the organizers of the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, are partnering with the popular 9runrun race as the event goes virtual and sets its sights on a national presence. 

The popular 9runrun race, which includes a 2k, 5k, 10k and half-marathon, usually takes place in October and has raised more than $175,000 for mental health programs since its inception in 2009.

Like the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and many running events around the world, 9runrun has announced that its 2020 edition would be going virtual,  with runners invited to run their distance anytime anywhere from October 9 to 25. 

“We have been fortunate to see our event grow significantly over the past few years, and we think the 2020 virtual run will be no different,” said Brenda Tirrell, Founder, 9runrun. “We felt it was time to involve an experienced partner like Run Ottawa to help take us to a new level and to expand in cities across the country. I can’t wait to see where Ian and the team lead us in the coming years.”

The partnership with Run Ottawa will enable 9runrun to continue its growth locally, improve the participant experience, and explore opportunities to expand nationally. The event had planned to expand to Kingston this year, but given the ongoing pandemic, organizers moved to a virtual format to enable runners to participate and raise funds.

“We could not do what we do at Run Ottawa without the support of our city’s amazing First Responders,” said Ian Fraser, Executive Director, Run Ottawa. “We are so happy to have an opportunity to give back to this group by helping to grow the 9runrun event in support of the Ottawa First Responders Foundation.” 

Runners interested in taking part in the 2020 virtual 9runrun can register at until September 15. All registrants will receive a race shirt, bib, and medal. 

About 9runrun 

Now entering its 11th year, 9runrun has become one of the National Capital Region’s most special running events. 9runrun was started as a way to show support for the region’s Emergency Services’ personnel, while encouraging health and fitness in the community. Now, registrants from around the country can participate in the 9runrun to support First Responders with their particular mental health needs and allow the community to come out and connect with them. The fact is the demands on first responders has been even greater in 2020.