Run to Empower 5K

Run to Empower supports and promotes the advancement of women’s running in Canada. Endeavouring to highlight remarkable local talent, Run to Empower includes a performance race for women only, provides an opportunity for all humans to run together in celebration of women’s running, and looks to inspire the next generation by introducing young runners to strong, empowered role models. 

OTTAWA’S FASTEST WOMEN 5K presented by Bushtukah (75 spots)

Performance race for all women 12+ (cisgender and transgender). Must have run sub 22:00 5K after September 1, 2018, or run an acceptable/equivalent result (you will be prompted to upload your time and race during registration). Registration includes medal, timing, free downloadable race photos, post-race snacks, 15% off promo code for the Run Ottawa shop, and a 473 mL can of Kichesippi Beer’s Warrior Woman APA (19+). Shirts are available for purchase during registration. COVID vaccination (2x) required to participate. Proof of vaccination will be required to be presented at race kit pick-up.

Awards:

1. $500 + entry to Ottawa 10K
2. $400 + entry to Ottawa 10K
3. $300  + entry to Ottawa 10K
4. $200  + entry to Ottawa 10K
5. $100 + entry to Ottawa 10K
6-10. Entry refunded

Event Record Bonus
If any runner in the performance field breaks the existing event record, they will receive a bonus of $500. Rachel Hannah set the course record of 15:57.5 in 2014.

Canadian 5K Road Race Record Bonus
If any runner in the performance field breaks the existing Canadian 5K road race record, they will win a bonus of $2,000. Emilie Mondor set the record at 15:16 in 2004.

 

RUN TO EMPOWER OPEN 5K

12+, all genders 

Registration includes medal, timing, free downloadable race photos, post-race snacks, 15% off promo code for the Run Ottawa shop, and a 473 mL can of Kichesippi Beer’s Warrior Woman APA (19+). Shirts are available for purchase during registration. COVID vaccination (2x) required to participate. Proof of vaccination will be required to be presented at race kit pick-up.

 

THE GREEN BIB

In an effort to offer participants the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint and support their community, Run Ottawa has initiated a Green Bib option at registration. The Green Bib does not include a race t-shirt (unless purchased) or medal, and a donation will be made on the participant’s behalf to the 2022 charity of choice.

 

EVENT INFORMATION

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2022
Location: Winding Lane/Ash Lane (Experimental Farm)
Start time: 8:30 am (waves will be determined closer to race day in alignment with Ontario’s COVID guidelines)

 

Race kit pick-up:

TBD

Timing: Results will be posted at Sportstats.ca.

Photography: Free professional, downloadable race photos will be provided by FinisherPix.  

Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer please email dave.morrow@runottawa.ca


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FAQ

Q) Is this event live? What happens if there is a fourth wave and we’re back in lockdown?

Run to Empower will go 100% virtual in accordance with the Ottawa Public Health regulations at that time. You will the option to do the race virtually or Run Ottawa will refund your registration fee and add ons, except the t-shirt is yours to keep if you choose to purchase one. 

 

Q) What COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for this event?

Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, and staff. To ensure this, we will comply with all applicable public health guidelines or requirements issued by the Ontario government and Ottawa Public Health. 

The guidelines regarding the reopening of Ontario are subject to change. Run Ottawa’s COVID mitigation plan will be made available in advance of the event. Please review your emails prior to the event, or follow Run Ottawa on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 

Q) I’m not comfortable running in groups yet, is there a virtual event? Does it cost the same? 

Yes, we’re having a virtual Run to Empower parallel to the in-person event. The cost will be the same. Register here. Virtual participant FAQ detailed below. 

 

Q) Is proof of vaccination needed to participate in Run To Empower? 

Yes. A paper or digital copy of proof of vaccination is mandatory and will be required to be presented at race kit pick-up. The name on the proof of vaccination must match the name on your Run to Empower registration. We only need to see your proof of vaccination, we won’t be storing or recording any sensitive information. 

 

Q) I can’t get vaccinated for medical reasons, may I still participate? 

Please reach out to questions@runottawa.ca for further details. 

 

Q) Can I pick up my race kit in person or are you mailing kits?
Race kit pick-up will take place for those running the in-person and virtual event are detailed above.  Please visit the Virtual FAQ below for more details. 

 

Q) I ordered a t-shirt and fuel pack, will that be in my race kit?

Yes, purchased shirts and fuel packs will be in your race kit. iTab plaques come directly from iTab, about a month after your race. 

 

Q) Will there be race day parking?
Please look for Run Ottawa’s event parking signs for free parking north of NCC Scenic Driveway.

 

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

 

Q) Can I run with a stroller? 

For our in-person event, we ask that strollers and their occupants be cared for at home. If this isn’t possible, we are happy to transfer you to the virtual event, where you can run with your stroller.

 

Q) Will times be uploaded onto SportsStats?

Yes, if everything goes as planned, the timing will be official and uploaded to SportsStats.

 

Q) I don’t need another medal but I want a shirt!

Fantastic! You can choose the Green Bib option and purchase a shirt during registration. 

 

Q) How much money is going to Cornerstone Housing for Women if I choose the Green Bib option?

$10 of your registration fees will go to Cornerstone Housing for Women, your contribution will be matched by the 2021 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Green Bib Fund. You can also top up your donation at the end of the registration process.

 

Q) What goodies are in the race kit? 

Registration includes medal, timing, free downloadable race photos. Shirts are available for purchase during registration. Those who chose the Green Bib option have opted out of receiving a medal but are welcome to join us for a Warrior Woman APA. 

 

Q) Is there prizing for non-elite participants? 

Bragging rights! Prizing for this event will be focusing on Ottawa’s Fastest Women 5K presented by Bushtukah.

 

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 a personalized iTab medal.

Virtual Participant FAQ

This is YOUR race! You can run or walk any time between October 2-23, 2021. Choose a route in your neighbourhood or visit somewhere special while adhering to your local Public Health guidelines on your race day. 

Q) Will there be race results for the virtual event?

Participants can use RunKeeper or their favourite running app or device (Garmin, Strava, MapMyRun, etc.) to track your results. You will be able to upload results to Race Roster starting October 2, 2021. Please follow the step-by-step instructions provided to you by email on how to upload your results to Race Roster. If you have any questions around timing your race, please visit Race Roster’s tutorial on how to use RunKeeper to track your Run To Empower. 

Q) What participant amenities will I receive for the virtual event and how will I receive my race kit?

Virtual participant’s kits include a bib, Run To Empower medal, and any additional purchases you’ve made through the Run To Empower store.

Virtual participants can pick up their race kits in the times/places listed below. Virtual participants who are unable to pick up their race kits will have their kits mailed to them the first week of October.

Race kit pickup dates and locations:

Bushtukah: 5607 Hazeldean Rd. (Stittsville)
Thursday, September 30, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Run Ottawa HQ: 5450 Canotek Road, Unit 45
Friday, October 1, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

*Please note event details are subject to change. Any questions please email questions@runottawa.ca.