RUN TO EMPOWER: A race inspired by Émilie Mondor

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RUN TO EMPOWER IS NOW VIRTUAL!

Run or walk in celebration of the empowerment of womxn and girls between OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 8

Make sure to upload your Run to EMpower results here!


“She’d run her mile loop in sub-5:30 and then run backwards to cheer on the other runners.”

—KEN PARKER ON EMILIE MONDOR’S SPIRIT

She was an advocate. She was fearless. She was inclusive. She was the first Canadian female to run a sub-15:00 5K and a member of Canada’s 2004 Olympic team. Émilie Mondor empowered a new generation of Canadian womxn to run fast and own their place on the podium. The evolution of ‘Emilie’s Run’ to ‘Run to EMpower’ was inspired by Emilie’s advancement of womxn’s running in Canada, her perseverance through her own battles and her support of all runners.

RUN TO EMPOWER features two virtual races, PLUS an online event celebrating fearless, empowered womxn:

1 ] RUN TO EMPOWER 5K

You choose your day, time and 5K course to run in celebration of womxn and girls empowerment—all genders welcome!
Registration includes a Run to Empower 2020 finisher medal, and Run Ottawa neck gaiter. Participants will have the opportunity to upload their race times to the Race Roster results platform, and will be automatically entered into a draw for some great prizing!

All race kits will be mailed participants in advance of October 30. 

The Run to Empower Online Rally will be nothing short of inspiring! All participants registered for R2E will receive an invitation to this exclusive event, featuring guests: 

Rachel Hannah, 3x Winner of Emilie’s Run

Janice Macdonald, Author of ‘Fearless, Girls with Dreams, Women of VIsion’

Lianne Laing, Executive Director of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Hiruni Wijayaratne, Sri Lanka’s most decorated athlete

Dayna Pidhoresky, Winner of the 2019 Ottawa Marathon 

Marathon Mom, Krista DuChene

Just to name a few! Hosted by Ottawa’s own storyteller Susan Blain, creator of the ‘Sharing with Susan B’ inspirational video series, this event will get you fired up to run (or walk) your race!

NEW FOR 2020 RUN OTTAWA EVENTS: THE GREEN BIB

In an effort to offer participants the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint, Run Ottawa will be offering a Green Bib option at registration. The Green Bib does not include a medal or neck gaiter, and Run Ottawa will make a donation to local charity EcoEquitable on behalf of the participant.

2 ] LITTLE WARRIORS KIDS RUN 1K

Ages 4-12, all genders welcome.
Registration includes a Kids Run Ottawa finisher medal, and Run Ottawa neck gaiter. Participants will have the opportunity to upload their race times to the Race Roster results platform, and will be automatically entered into a draw for some great prizing!

All race kits will be mailed to participants in advance of October 30. 


ABOUT THE EVENT’S CHARITY: ECOEQUITABLE

Ottawa’s EcoEquitable specializes in sewing initiatives, including the award-winning Sewing For Jobs program which helps immigrant, marginalized, and underemployed women learn valuable skills to work in the sewing industry.