Capital XC Challenge featuring the Jim Howe Memorial 6K Cross Country Race presented by The Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club

Looking for a change of pace to your running? Join us for Ottawa’s largest cross-country run as leaves begin to turn. The Jim Howe Memorial X/C Race presents a challenging and unique 6K course within Mooney’s Bay featuring hay bales, a really big hill, the beach, grass and more!

It’s all part of the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club’s annual XC Championships with athletes from local elementary and high schools competing along with a strong field of universities from Ontario and Quebec.

New this year for everyone who participates in our Beaver Chase Series: Register online for any one of our three Beaver Chase Series Runs and receive $10 off your Jim Howe registration. (not applicable to those utilizing members discount)

Get ready to run cross-country! We’ll see you there!

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Run Ottawa also features a series of free and affordable Kids Runs throughout the year. Please visit Kids Run Ottawa to learn more about our program designed for young runners 6-12 years.


Date; Saturday, October 12th

Location: Terry Fox Athletic Complex, Mooney’s Bay,

Start times: 6K – Men’s 2:30pm Women’s 3:00pm


The 6K course will be set in around the Terry Fox Athletic Complex and Mooney’s Bay Park. The surface will vary from grass/pavement/sand…..there will also be some gravel trails and obstacles along the way. You will finish on the track within the complex.

Please note: Athletes competing with Wheelchair – Due to the nature of the event, this race is not compatible with wheelchair racing or recreational participation.


Please note Run Ottawa Members will receive $10 discount. Youth member $5 discount.

Online registration is now open.

Adult 6K – $40
Youth (18 and under) 6K – $20


Timing will be provided by Sportstats. Full results will be posted on the Sportstats website post-race


There are no bibs to pick-up in advance. You will pick up your chip at the Registration tent on Saturday. Please note at this time there will be no on-site registration.


Race Kit pick up: Terry Fox Athletic Complex – Open 1pm-2:15pm
Registration tent on site adjacent to lower parking lot 

Parking: Available within the lots at the Terry Fox Athletic Complex……free

Baggage Check: For this event there will be a race day baggage check available to Run Ottawa registrants.

Washrooms: Available within the Terry Fox Athletic Complex.

Volunteer: If you would like to volunteer with Run Ottawa for the Jim Howe Memorial XC Races, please let Dave know at Thanks!

*Please note event dates and details are subject to change.