Plan Your Weekend

Getting around Ottawa can be made fun during Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend!

Race Kit Pick-Up at the Health and Fitness Expo

Aberdeen Pavilion
1000 Exhibition Way
Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3
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2024 Health and Fitness Expo hours:

  • Friday, May 24, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 25, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ways to travel:

  • Use the Ottawa Public Transit travel planner to help get you to the Health and Fitness Expo to pick up your Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend race kit. All Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend participants can use OC Transpo for FREE, during expo hours to get to Aberdeen. Please show your May 9 Race Director’s email as proof of participation. 
  • Free monitored bike parking is available during the Health And Fitness Expo courtesy of our friends at Velofix OttawaLook for the Velofix van and flags near Aberdeen Pavilion.
  • It’s a pleasant 30 minute walk, a short bike ride or roll from Ottawa City Hall along Ottawa’s beautiful and historic Rideau Canal. 
  • Parking is limited, so select one of the great options above!

Getting to the Start Line and Race Weekend Festivities 

Festival Plaza (and START lines): 110 Laurier Ave W.

Did you know that transportation to a start line has the largest environmental impact in an event like Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend? Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is held in the downtown core so it’s easy for all of us to reduce our carbon footprint!

Use Ottawa’s famous multi-use pathways to walk, jog or cycle from your home, hotel or rental; it’s a great warm-up for your race too!

Public Transportation
Use the Ottawa Public Transit travel planner to help get you to the start line. The LRT (Light Rail Transit) stops closest to the start line are University Of Ottawa, Rideau, and Parliament. O-Train Line 1 will be open at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 26 to help get people to the start line of the Tartan Ottawa International Marathon!

Coming from out of town? Ottawa Public Transit has park and ride stations outside of the city centre, most stations connect to the pathways, bring your bike to use the Rack and Roll option. 

Parking is limited but street parking, private lots and City of Ottawa lots are available.

Bike Rentals in Ottawa
Escape Bicycle Tours is located on Sparks Street and they offer affordable bike, scooter and e-bike rentals. They also offer cycling tours of Ottawa. Reserve your bike and/or tour by visiting their website.  

Secure Bike Parking at City Hall
Free monitored bike parking is available during the races. Located on the Lisgar St. side of Ottawa City Hall.

Hours of operation:

  • Saturday, May 25 (13:00 – 21:00)
  • Sunday, May 26 (6:00 – 13:00)