RUN TO EMPOWER: A race inspired by Émilie Mondor

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“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 three 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. Emilie Mondor set the record at 15:16 in 2004.

2] EMILIE’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+).

3] LITTLE WARRIORS KIDS RUN 1K

Ages 4-12, all genders welcome.
Registration includes finisher medal, shirt, free downloadable race photos, post-race snacks.

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 4-12 years.

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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EVENT INFORMATION

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Location: Morningside Lane/NCC Scenic Driveway

Start times: 

LITTLE WARRIORS KIDS RUN 1K: 9:30 am
OTTAWA’S FASTEST WOMXN 5K: 10:00 am
EMILIE’S OPEN 5K: 10:30 am

Race kit pick-up:
TBD

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Athletes competing with wheelchairs: this race takes place on fully closed paved roads and is well-suited for wheelchair racing. If you would like to participate using a wheelchair, please contact Joe Du Vall to register or more information regarding participation.

Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer, please let us know by filling out this form.

Timing: Results will be posted at Sportstats.ca.

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

Race day parking: Please look for Run Ottawa’s event parking signs for free parking north of NCC Scenic Driveway.

Baggage Check: For this event we will provide a race day baggage check.

First Aid: Will be provided by St. John Ambulance.

Washrooms: Comfort stations will be available within close proximity of the start/finish line.

*Please note event details are subject to change. If you have any questions please email questions@runottawa.ca.