Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend delivers new course and participation records

May 26, 2013 – OTTAWA –The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend has defended its place again this year as Canada’s premier running destination, easily breaking course and participation records while delivering the most intense spectator action the city has seen in years.

“We had a number of exciting moments this weekend,” says John Halvorsen, Race Director and President of Run Ottawa. “Watching course records fall in the 10K and marathon distances proves we are Canada’s top race destination and have fast courses not just for elites, but for runners looking to qualify for Boston or other prestigious races.” Cool weather on Saturday and Sunday was favourable for close to 44,000 runners registered in one of seven race options. While security precautions were tightened following events at Boston in April, there was no impact on the typically smooth operations and weekend events unfolded without incident.

“We had great cooperation from Ottawa Police Services, the City of Ottawa emergency staff and other organizations to make Race Weekend a success,” added John Halvorsen.

2013 registration figures

Marathon 6,252 SOLD OUT on March 22
Half-marathon 12,054 SOLD OUT on January 9
Wheelchair marathon 2
10K 10,557 SOLD OUT on January 21
HTG Sports 5K 9,953 SOLD OUT on February 11
2K 3,608 SOLD OUT on February 11
Y Kids Marathon 1,304


A total of 28 charity organizations participated in the 2013 edition of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Ottawa Hospital Foundation alone raised $405,552.

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2013 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed close to 44,000 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). Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Tamarack 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: www.runottawa.ca.


Annie Boucher

Media relations

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend



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