Desjardins Great Big Cookie Run


For over 20 years, we’ve been proud to bring you Ottawa’s one and only cookie run in support of the local Girl Guides! Grab a friend and join the community for this fun, yet fast, 5K and kids 1K at Lansdowne Park!

In an effort to offer participants the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint and support their community, Run Ottawa has a Green Bib option at registration. The Green Bib does not include a medal, instead, $10 of your registration fees go to local Girl Guides of Canada groups.

All participants can also make a donation to local Girl Guides of Canada groups at the end of the registration process. Thank you for your support!


Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Location: Lansdowne Park

Start times:
Kids 1K: 8:30 am
5K: 9:00 am

Please visit Race Roster to see current pricing.

Online registration closes Monday, October 23 at midnight.

Race kit pick-up:

  • TBA

Traffic and parking note:

The Queen Elizabeth Driveway will be closed Saturday, October 28 from 7:30-10:30 am between 5th Avenue and Preston Street. Street parking will be available in the Lansdowne Park area.

Volunteer for Desjardins Great Big Cookie Run on Saturday, October 28!

Athletes competing with Wheelchair – This race navigates over curbs, gravel paths, and sidewalks making it unsuitable for wheelchair racing. It may be suitable for recreational competitors.


Q) I ordered a t-shirt and other items, will those be in my race kit?
Yes, purchased shirts and fuel packs will be in your race kit.

Q) Will there be race day parking?
Parking at Lansdowne is limited, but there is nearby street parking available. Please follow all signs and restrictions.
There are bike paths and public transit routes that go directly to the race venue. 

Q) Will there be washrooms available?
Comfort stations will be available within close proximity of the start/finish line. 

Q) Can I run with a stroller?
Yes! We ask that those using strollers line up at the back of the corral. 

Q) Will times be uploaded onto SportsStats?
Yes, if everything goes as planned, the timing will be official and uploaded to SportsStats.

Q) What goodies are in the race kit?
Race kits include a medal**, timing, and free downloadable race photos.
Shirts are available for purchase during registration.

Q) I didn’t buy a shirt or a fuel pack when I registered, how can I get those items now?
On the event page, you’ll see a ‘Store’ button in blue, select that, confirm your registration and proceed to the event store, there you can purchase a t-shirt, nutrition and other goodies!

**Those who’ve chosen the Green Bib option will have a donation made to the Girl Guides in lieu of receiving a medal.