The 2021 virtual editions of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon start now! Please read the FAQs below for all your virtual race questions and answers! It’s been a year of change in the running world, lots of questions and uncertainties of where the running event world stands. Your answers start here!
HOW CAN I REGISTER FOR TAMARACK OTTAWA VIRTUAL RACE WEEKEND?
Registration is open! Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2021 event will run from May 1 – 31, 2021 and includes all your favourite distances PLUS new events for you to challenge yourself with. Registration will close on May 31, however, the results platform will remain open until June 30.
HOW DO I JOIN THE SCOTIABANK CHARITY CHALLENGE?
You can join a team and start fundraising right away for one of the charities in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. The charities registered with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend need our help now more than ever. We are inviting and encouraging all runners to fundraise and promote their favourite causes. Every participant who raises $500.00 or more will receive a free entry into Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2022.
In 2020, participants raised $419,141 — let’s surpass that fundraising total in 2021!
HOW DO I REDEEM MY 50% OFF CODE FROM 2020?
As promised, we are pleased to provide all 2020 participants a unique promo code for 50% off ANY Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend event. Your promo code can be applied immediately to 2021 OR you may choose to save it for the 2022 or 2023 editions. Your 50% code is exclusive to you and was sent to you by email on December 14, 2020. Upon registration for your distance(s), please use your unique promo code in the ‘APPLY PROMO CODE’ at checkout.
- This code can only be used by the 2020 participant for ONE distance or challenge. Feel free to sign up for as many distances as you want (you do have a month after all!), however the code is specific to one distance or challenge only. If you are attempting a transaction for multiple participants who each have a code, you must complete each transaction separately, as the registration system will only redeem one promo code per transaction.
- You cannot transfer your discount code to another person.
- Your purchase with your code is non-refundable and must be redeemed by the closing date of 2023.
WHAT IF I WANT TO SAVE MY CODE FOR 2022 OR 2023?
No problem! Your unique promo code will be reactivated in 2022 or 2023 if it has not been redeemed in 2021.
WHAT IF I SIGNED UP FOR MULTIPLE EVENTS IN 2020, HOW DO I GET A CODE FOR EACH?
If you signed up for 3 sub-events (example: 5k, 10k and half) OR signed up multiple individuals then you will get a separate promo code for each distance and/or individual promo codes. Each entry gets their own promo code.
WHAT PARTICIPANT AMENITIES WILL I RECEIVE FOR THE VIRTUAL EVENT?
All medals will be mailed or delivered to you. Please note that the estimated shipping time may take longer for participants living outside of Canada.
Included in your 2021 registration:
- A stunning 2021 medal
- A free training plan with Runcoach
- A personalised race bib and/or downloadable bib
- 15% discount on exclusive Run Ottawa training gear
- Your personal cheering squad with Motigo App
- A results platform that includes separate running and walking categories, a photo gallery and digital medal
- Multiple chances to win special prizes from Run Ottawa’s partners
CAN I WALK MY EVENT?
YES! We noticed so many participants walking, speed walking, pole walking etc. during Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend 2020. This allowed for participants to complete longer distances and achieve larger goals! We have set a walking event for each distance. This way, your results are compared to others who are walking the events just like yourself!
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY 2021 RACE KIT?
All race kits will be mailed out the first week of May 2021.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE A RACE T-SHIRT?
For Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2021, your race shirt is included if you participate in one of the Challenges only. For all other distances, you have the option to purchase a race shirt upon registration for an exclusive price. If you did not purchase a shirt when you registered, you can purchase a race shirt here at any time and it will be shipped directly to you!
HOW DO I RECEIVE MY FREE TRAINING PLAN FROM RUNCOACH?
All registered participants of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend have the option of receiving a free training plan from our partners at RunCoach. If you do not opt-out of this free service upon registration, then you will receive an email from RunCoach within 48 business hours of completing your registration. If you do not receive an email, please use the support feature at RunCoach.com to get started.
If you opted-out, but would now like to take advantage of this benefit, please visit the Runcoach partner page to activate your account and start training!
HOW CAN I UPGRADE MY FREE RUNCOACH TRAINING PLAN TO GOLD for $19.99 CDN?
If you have registered for Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and opted-in to the FREE training plan, please visit the event store to take advantage of this great offer: 1:1 coaching, individualized insights on training, injuries & goals, and coach-assisted schedule adjustment & enhancement for only $19.99 CDN. Valid until May 31, 2021.
WILL THE COURSE BE PRE-SET OR CAN I MAKE ONE UP?
This is YOUR race! You can run on a treadmill or choose your own route for the virtual event—we suggest you adhere to Public Health Agencies’ guidelines and try to stay within your neighbourhood and run with only those in your household or your social bubble. You can create fun loops, set-up your own fuel/water station in your yard, and tell your neighbours so they can cheer you on from their porches! Please practice social distancing and follow these virtual race tips!
We specifically ask that you do not use any of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend routes as they will not be closed or policed.
WILL THERE BE RACE RESULTS FOR THE VIRTUAL EVENT?
Yes! Our timing partner, Race Roster, is set-up to receive virtual race results, starting May 1. You will need to use the ASICS® RunKeeper tracking app, running watch or GPS device to record your time. We will leave the race results platform open until June 30, 2021 for your convenience.
Upload instructions can be found here, and your results will be uploaded to your Race Roster dashboard.
IF I RUN/WALK A BETTER TIME BEFORE JUNE 30, CAN I RE-SUBMIT MY RESULTS?
- Yes, if you entered your time manually, resubmit it using the same process as your original result.
- Yes, if you used RunKeeper, then email firstname.lastname@example.org
to have the result deleted, and then you can re-submit using RunKeeper via these steps.
HOW CAN I PERSONALIZE MY MEDAL?
iTAB fits perfectly onto the ribbon of your Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend medal, engraved with your Name and Finish Time, and is a great way to celebrate your achievement. Your personalized iTab will be mailed directly to you within 30 days after May 31, 2021 (unless you submit your time between June 1-30). If you did not order yours during registration you can order it now through the online store.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A VACCINE ALLOWS PUBLIC SPORTING EVENTS TO GO LIVE?
We are working with Ottawa Public Health and City officials to ensure we receive the correct, up-to-date information on the ongoing global pandemic. While we do not anticipate it will be safe to host our flagship event with 40,000 plus attendees, we will communicate with our registered participants first, with any updates or news
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
Entry fees are non-refundable under all circumstances. That means that once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund for any reason and you will not be able to defer your entry for another year. Please see Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend waiver here.