by Phil Marsh
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend continued its status as a double IAAF Gold Label event, along with both the marathon and 10K events serving as the Canadian Championships. Over 32,000 participants from around the world ran, walked and rolled to the finish line in events including 2K, 5K, 10K, 21.1K and the sold-out 42.2K.
It was the final race as Race Director for John Halvorsen, who is leaving Run Ottawa to return to the high-tech world. A former two-time Olympic finalist in the 10,000 metre event, John was honoured at the President’s Reception for his work to build this weekend into a world-class race. John will soon be inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder and an Athlete, both richly deserved honours.
Photos: Saucony Canada
On Saturday morning, John Stanton and Olympic marathoner Krista DuChene welcomed 150 runners and walkers to the new venue at the Marriott Hotel. After the pace bunnies were introduced, the group headed out for an easy run/walk to Parliament Hill for a group photo.
Flooding and construction forced the race organizers to make some last-minute adjustments, but they managed to incorporate the charm and character of Ottawa into the new route, including the new 10K start at the Shaw Centre.
The City of Ottawa showed its best to everyone, as the crowds lined the streets to cheer on the first and the last participants.
Congratulations to everyone who had the courage to start, to the elites who brought their very best, and to the community for making everyone feel at home in Canada’s capital.