Race Weekend Facts and Figures

1: The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is the biggest multi-distance race event in Canada and has the largest marathon in Canada.

2: The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is host to the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) Gold label Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon.

3: In 2020, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is launching its third distance challenge: the Bytown Challenge, a total of 17K. The Voyageur Challenge is 36.1K and the Lumberjack is 59.2K.

4: The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend was awarded the coveted Event of the Year award at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards.

14: It is estimated that Race Weekend pumps approximately $14 million into the Ottawa economy.

250: Each year, the Drill Hall is converted into a satellite site of The Ottawa Hospital – a fully equipped medical area complete with 250 medical volunteers including emergency room doctors and nurses, paramedics. There are also 10 medical stations on the route and a mobile medical team on bicycles.

2,500: The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend relies on the dedicated support of more than 2,500 volunteers.

20,000: Number of sponges to be handed out to marathon and half-marathon runners

39,000: Number of out of town visitors who travel to Ottawa for Race Weekend.

200,000: Approximately 200,000 spectators will be cheering on runners along the Rideau Canal, at official cheering stations and along the course throughout the weekend.

555,000: Number of drinking cups that will be diverted from the landfill thanks to our partnership with Cascades Recovery.

800,000: In 2019, more than 60 charities participated in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge raising $804,000 for their causes.