RUN YOUR RACE AT YOUR PACE!
Updated May 8, 2020
TAMARACK OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND AND SCOTIABANK OTTAWA MARATHON ARE NOW VIRTUAL—WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
The purpose of going virtual is to allow participants to complete the race that they have been training for, while adhering to the recommendations provided by the Ottawa Public Health.
ALL CURRENTLY REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS will be automatically entered into the Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend and will receive their race kits, including their medal, t-shirt and a few surprises from event partners! You are not obligated to submit your race results in order to receive your medal and shirt. Everyone registered for Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2020 will also receive a promo code in September 2020 which will entitle them to 50% off any Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2021 event.
DO I HAVE TO RUN MY VIRTUAL EVENT ON MAY 23-24 WEEKEND?
No, in fact we discourage it! You can run your race anytime between now and September 7, 2020, HOWEVER, race results can only be uploaded to SportStats starting May 15, 2020.
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. 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 Physical 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. please do not attempt a group run on race weekend—or at any time during the virtual race window.
WILL THERE BE RACE RESULTS FOR THE VIRTUAL EVENT?
Yes! Our timing partner, SportStats, is set-up to receive virtual race results. You will need to use a tracking app, running watch or GPS device to record your time. Don’t know what to use? Read these virtual race tips for more information.
Upload instructions will be emailed to you on May 15, 2020, and will include a unique code that you will need to enter at SportStats to confirm your account and event registration.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY 2020 VIRTUAL RACE RESULTS?
You can now submit your timed results via GPX upload or Manual input. You can submit multiple times for the same event throughout the virtual race window, from May 15 to September 7, 2020. Your last upload will be the time that displays in your results.
To submit your results, please follow these steps:
- First, visit https://vr.sportstats.one/runottawa2020/
- Input the email you registered with and the Claim Code provided by Sportstats via email on May 15, 2020. You’ll be directed to login or create a new Sportstats account.
- Once logged in, find your Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend event to Submit Results via GPX upload or Manual input. You will only be able to upload results to the race you’ve registered for. If you’d like to switch distances please see do so before May 25, 2020 by reading Can I transfer from one race distance to another distance or challenge? Or visit the Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend page to register for a new event.
Relay teams: Relay team captains must upload one total Marathon Relay time using their (the captain’s) Claim Code. For support with your race results, please review the Sportstats FAQ or submit a request to Sportstats VR Support.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF AM NOT COMFORTABLE TRAINING FOR MY RACE WHILE COVID-19 IS STILL A THREAT TO MY HEALTH AND SAFETY?
New circumstances, new rules! As runners, we understand these concerns…and we want this to be a fun and comfortable experience for everyone. We have a couple of recommendations:
- You can break up your race or Challenge into segments. In other words, if you signed up for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, you can spread the 42.2 kms into 4 x 10.55K over a few days or weeks! When you upload your race results, there will be a “Segmented Marathon” category specific for this. If you signed up for the Lumberjack Challenge, consider doing each event on its own day—instead of doing 4 events over two days, do them over 4 non-consecutive days.
- Transfer to a shorter race distance for 2020. Please see instructions on Race Roster on how to transfer to another Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend event. Please transfer before May 15, 2020, no additional fees will be applied.
WHAT PARTICIPANT AMENITIES WILL I RECEIVE FOR THE VIRTUAL EVENT?
All shirts and medals will be mailed or delivered to you. Please note that the estimated shipping time may take longer for participants living outside of Canada.
You can download your 2020 Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend digital race bib here:
Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon
Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon Relay
Scotiabank Ottawa ½ Marathon
Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon
We will also email you a finisher race badge and customizable certificate will be sent to you after you upload your results. Please share your virtual finish line photos on social media using the hashtag #runottawa2020. You will also receive a Virtual Event Bag that will include gifts and offers from Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend sponsors and partners.
Everyone who registers for Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend 2020 will receive a promo code in September 2020 which will entitle them to 50% off any Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2021 event.
WILL I RECEIVE MY ADDITIONAL SWAG IF I REGISTERED FOR ONE OF THE CHALLENGES?
You will receive a shirt and medal for each event you are registered for, as well as a specific Challenge shirt and medal. All shirts and medals will be mailed or delivered to you. Please note that the estimated shipping time may take longer for participants living outside of Canada.
WILL THERE BE AWARDS FOR THE VIRTUAL EVENT?
Yes, thanks to our race sponsors and partners there will be random prize draws between May 15 and September 7, 2020.
CAN I QUALIFY FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON IN THE 2020 SCOTIABANK OTTAWA VIRTUAL MARATHON?
Since you’ll be creating your own course that will not be certified, you will not be able to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
I DIDN’T HAVE A CHANCE TO REGISTER BEFORE REGISTRATION WAS PUT ON PAUSE. HOW CAN I STILL REGISTER FOR TAMARACK OTTAWA VIRTUAL RACE WEEKEND?
Registration is now open! Everyone who registers for Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend 2020 will receive a promo code in September 2020 which will entitle them to 50% off any Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2021 event.
CAN I STILL REGISTER FOR THE SCOTIABANK CHARITY CHALLENGE?
Yes! 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 2021!
HOW CAN I VERIFY MY REGISTRATION RIGHT NOW?
Already registered for an event at the 2020 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend? Login into your dashboard on Race Roster to verify registration.
CAN I TRANSFER FROM ONE RACE DISTANCE TO ANOTHER DISTANCE OR CHALLENGE?
Yes, any changes/corrections must be completed online, please use the step-by-step instructions found below to transfer from one distance to another. If you are currently registered for an event and wish to upgrade to one of the three Challenges, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be waiving all transfer fees for 2020. You will receive the medal and shirt for your transferred distance. If you would prefer to receive the medal and shirt for your original race please email email@example.com with your request.
CAN I TRANSFER MY VIRTUAL RACE ENTRY TO ANOTHER PERSON?
A transfer is to be used if you can no longer run and wish to transfer your entry to another person who is willing to take your entry. Please use the step-by-step instructions found below. We will be waiving all transfer fees for 2020.
I PURCHASED FANSHIELD, CAN I MAKE MY CLAIM FOR THE VIRTUAL EVENT?
When you purchase a protection policy through FanShield, you will receive an email directly from them with the information on how to file a claim. If you did not see the email, you may go to this link to file your claim.
As a Virtual Event, the policy will still function the same and filing the claim will follow all the normal protocols. Please note the FanShield policies in regards to COVID-19 or go to FanShield FAQs.
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 one month of the completion of your 2020 virtual race. If you did not order yours upon registering, you can order it now through the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend store.
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. The Marathon, in accordance with management executives, city officials and local law enforcement has the authority to cancel any of the events for emergency purposes such as, but not limited to, inclement weather or threat of terrorism. If such emergency conditions force cancellation, refunds cannot be provided since funds will have been spent in preparation for race day. Please see Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend waiver here.