Run Ottawa at the 2015 Canadian XC Championships

It’s not always easy to predict what the weather will be like at the end of the November. But if history is any indicator, things are going to be cold, slick, and muddy at the 2015 Canadian Cross Country Championships on November 28—exactly how elite runners like it.

Whatever the conditions, you can be sure that they won’t dampen the competitive fire of athletes like Lanni Marchant, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot and Rachel Hannah when they line up at the Championship’s new home for the next several years: Kingston, ON.

In Kingston, spectators will be in for a treat, as cross-country teams in a variety of age groups take on challenging courses that look out over historic Fort Henry to Lake Ontario and Wolfe Island.

Run Ottawa will also be in attendance as a proud sponsor, offering cash prizes of $2,000 for the top senior men’s and women’s teams. The prizes are part of Run Ottawa’s mission of promoting the sport of running in all its facets, from supporting elite athletes to enhancing health and well-being at a community level.

“Run Ottawa has a mandate to support the sport of running and this is just one of the ways that we try to give back,” said John Halvorsen, President of Run Ottawa and Race Director of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “We want to support events for runners of all levels, from grassroots community-organized runs all the way up to events for elite runners like this one.”

Run Ottawa encourages everyone to come out and cheer on the runners on November 28th in Kingston (more information). And if attending in person is not an option, you can stream the Championships live at