RUN TO EMPOWER: A race inspired by Émilie Mondor

UPDATED September 15, 2020

Run Ottawa and the City of Ottawa are currently working together to develop a blueprint for running events in the city. As soon as the plan is finalized we will re-open registration, and present the necessary COVID-19 safety precautions which will be implemented before, during and after the event. Thank you for your patience.


“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.

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

RUN TO EMPOWER features two races:

1] OTTAWA’S FASTEST WOMXN 5K

All ages performance race for any person who identifies as a womxn. Participants must be able to complete the 5k in under 28 minutes from the start of the horn. Registration includes medal, shirt, timing, free downloadable race photos, post-race snacks and a 473 mL can of Kichesippi Beer’s Warrior Woman APA (19+).

Awards
Finishers 1-5 will also receive a complimentary entry to the Canadian 10K Championships on May 23 at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend! 
1. $1000
2. $750
3. $500
4. $250
5. $100
6-10. Entry refunded

Event Record Bonus
If any runner in the performance field breaks the existing event record, they will win 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. Émilie Mondor set the record at 15:16 in 2004.

2] ÉMILIE’S OPEN 5K

All ages, all genders welcome!
Registration includes  finisher medal, shirt, timing, free downloadable race photos, post-race snacks, and a 473 mL can of Kichesippi Beer’s Warrior Woman APA (19+).

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 race t-shirt or medal, and Run Ottawa will make a donation to local charity EcoEquitable on behalf of the participant.

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Receive an immediate $10 off this race fee by joining Run Ottawa! See the complete list of benefits!