Desjardins Run to Empower


You can find your 2023 Desjardins Run to Empower race results at

Ottawa’s Fastest Women 5K
Run to Empower Open 5K
Little Warriors Kids 1K
Run Ottawa members results

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, an open 5K for every athlete, and the Little Warriors Kids Run 1K. This is a great opportunity for all humans to run together in celebration of women’s running, and to inspire the next generation by introducing young runners to strong, empowered role models. 

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 to the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre.


Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024
Location: Central Experimental Farm

Start times:

Open 5K: 9:45 am

Ottawa’s Fastest Women 5K:  9:00 am

Little Warriors Kids 1k: 8:30 am

Please visit Race Roster to see current pricing.

Race kit pick-up:

Race day Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 7:30 am, on site at the Central Experimental Farm 

Timing: Results will be posted at

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


Performance race for all women 12+ (cisgender and transgender). Must have run sub 22:00 5K after September 18, 2022, 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 and a 15% off promo code for the Run Ottawa shop. Shirts are available for purchase during registration. 


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.


12+, all genders welcome

Registration includes medal**, timing, free downloadable race photos and post-race snacks. Shirts are available for purchase during registration.

**Those who’ve opted to go green will have a donation made in lieu of receiving a medal.


12 and under, all genders welcome

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

Volunteer for Desjardins Run to Empower May 4, 2024!