Ottawa Race Weekend

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2011 and 2012 winner, Laban Moiben, leading the race through the 18 km mark during the 2012 event

The Ottawa Race Weekend is an annual weekend of road running events, which is held the last weekend of May in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In 2012, the event took on the name Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend when Ottawa-based Tamarack Homes joined as title sponsor.

The two-day running event includes seven races, all of which start and end at Ottawa City Hall: a 1.2 km kids marathon, 2K, 5K, 10K, half marathon, wheelchair marathon, and marathon.[1] Over 40,000 participants take part in the races each year.

The signature event of the weekend is the Ottawa Marathon, which was first held in 1975. Today it is the largest marathon event in Canada and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. The event is also home to the Canadian Marathon Championships and the Canadian Forces Marathon Championships.

The Ottawa Race Weekend was at one point the only road racing event in the world to host two IAAF Silver Label events: the 10K and the Ottawa Marathon. In 2014 the 10k became the first IAAF Gold Label road race in Canada.[2]

Organization[edit]

The event is organized by Run Ottawa, a not-for-profit organization. More than 2,000 volunteers, including a volunteer race committee, support a team of five full-time staff in organizing the event.

Expo[edit]

The Ottawa Race Weekend includes Canada’s largest health and fitness expo, which opens on the Thursday before the weekend.

Charitable contribution[edit]

Each year, participants in the Ottawa Race Weekend raise close to $1 million for approximately 25 local and national charities affiliated with the event.

History[edit]

1975 - 146 runners, 143 men and 3 women, participate in the inaugural Ottawa Marathon.
1986 - 10K distance is added.
1995 - Inline skating is permitted on the marathon course.
1996 - Jim Robinson joins as the Race Director.
1998 - 5K distance and half-marathon are added. Ottawa becomes the first running event in Canada to be chip-timed.
1999 - 2K distance is added.
2005 - Inline skating is no longer permitted.
2006 - Fourteen runners cut 400m off the course after a local resident moves the barricades. Amos Tirop Matui of Kenya placed first but was disqualified along with the other thirteen runners. Some runners were financially compensated.[3]
2010 - Rick Ball breaks world record for a single-leg amputee in a marathon.
2012 - Jim Robinson retires and two-time Olympian, and previous Ottawa 10K course record holder John Halvorsen is named Race Director.
2013 - Close to 44,000 people participate in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, making it the largest multi-race road racing event in Canada.
2014 - Ottawa Marathon celebrates 40 years; 48,000 people expected to participate in the weekend’s seven events.

Past winners[edit]

Key:       Course record       Canadian championship race

Marathon[edit]

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
40th 2014 Ethiopia Yemane Tsegay 2:06:54 Ethiopia Tigist Tufa 2:24:30
39th 2013 Ethiopia Tariku Jufar 2:08:04.8 Ethiopia Yeshi Esayias 2:25:30.1
38th 2012 Kenya Laban Moiben 2:09:12.9 Ethiopia Yeshi Esayias 2:28:46
37th 2011 Kenya Laban Moiben 2:10:17.9 Ethiopia Kebebush Haile Lema 2:32:14.0
36th 2010 Japan Arata Fujiwara 2:09:33.4 Ethiopia Merima Mohammed 2:28:19
35th 2009 Kenya David Cheruiyot 2:13:22.6 Morocco Asmae Leghzaoui 2:27:40.9
34th 2008 Kenya David Cheruiyot 2:10:59.8 Morocco Asmae Leghzaoui 2:28:43.9
33rd 2007 Kenya David Cheruiyot 2:10:35.4 Canada Lioudmila Kortchaguina 2:31:56.6
32nd 2006 Morocco Abderrahime Bouramdane 2:12:18.2 Canada Lioudmila Kortchaguina 2:29:42.1
31st 2005 Kenya David Cheruiyot 2:14:20.3 Russia Lidiya Vasilevskaya 2:31:52.7
30th 2004 Kenya Elly Rono 2:11:47.4 Russia Lioudmila Kortchaguina 2:30:53.0
29th 2003 Kenya Joseph Nderitu 2:15:29.2 Canada Sandy Jacobson 2:33:51.9
28th 2002 Kenya Joseph Nderitu 2:14:04.0 Russia Lioudmila Kortchaguina 2:33:13.3
27th 2001 Kenya Joseph Nderitu 2:15:50.5 Canada Danuta Bartoszek 2:37:58.9
26th 2000 Canada Bruce Deacon 2:17:12.5 Canada Veronique Vandersmissen 2:36:45.1
25th 1999 Canada Bruce Raymer 2:22:24.7 Canada Veronique Vandersmissen 2:39:56.4
24th 1998 United Kingdom Malcolm Campbell 2:31:16 Canada Leslie Carson 2:49:06
23rd 1997 Canada Nick Tsioros 2:25:16 Canada Laura Ruptash 3:01:46
22nd 1996 Canada Jean Lagarde 2:26:02 Canada Kimberley Webb 2:52:03
21st 1995 Canada Jean Lagarde 2:26:53 Canada Noeleen Wadden 2:58:51
20th 1994 Canada Jean Lagarde 2:19:00 Canada France Levasseur 2:50:52
19th 1993 Canada Jean Lagarde 2:23:14 Canada Noeleen Wadden 2:52:31
18th 1992 Canada Michael Petrocci 2:20:03 United States Betsy Kneale 2:47:55
17th 1991 Canada Michael Petrocci 2:23:44 Canada Laura Konantz 2:51:00
16th 1990 Canada Gord Christie 2:18:38 Canada France Levasseur 2:49:33
15th 1989 Canada Gord Christie 2:14:33 Canada Lise Bouchard 2:44:58
14th 1988 Canada Gord Christie 2:18:40 Mexico Margarita Galicia 2:52:08
13th 1987 Canada Peter Maher 2:12:58 Canada Dorothy Goertzen 2:40:59
12th 1986 Canada Bruce Wainman 2:18:24 Canada Joan Groothuysen 2:54:25
11th 1985 United States Ric Sayre 2:16:18 United States Marian Teitsch 2:47:56
10th 1984 Canada Dave Edge 2:13:19 Canada Sylvia Ruegger 2:30:37
9th 1983 Canada Mike Dyon 2:21:37 Canada Celia McInnis 2:54:13
8th 1982 United States Greg Leroy 2:21:04 United States Margo Elson 2:50:50
7th 1981 Canada Mike Dyon 2:16:07 Canada Kathryn Tanner 2:48:54
6th 1980 Canada Patrick Montuoro 2:22:54 Canada Christine Lavallee 2:42:50
5th 1979 Canada Jerome Drayton 2:18:05 Canada Jacqueline Gareau 2:47:58
4th 1978 Canada Brian Maxwell 2:16:03 Canada Christine Lavallee 2:47:37
3rd 1977 Canada Mike Dyon 2:18:05 Canada Joann McKinty-Heale 3:02:22
2nd 1976 Canada Wayne Yetman 2:16:32 Canada Eleanor Thomas 3:09:27
1st 1975 Morocco Mehdi Jaouhar 2:26:39 Canada Eleanor Thomas 3:27:28
  • Bouramdane was declared the official winner. A number of faster runners, led by Amos Tirop Matui, were disqualified after a route error caused them to cut 400 m off the true marathon distance.[4]

10K race[edit]

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1st 1986  Robert Rice (CAN) 29:30  Maureen de St Croix (CAN) 35:37
2nd 1987  Paul Williams (CAN) 30:18 ? ?
3rd 1988  John Halvorsen (NOR) 28:12  Sheryl Reid (CAN) 34:24
4th 1989  Alberto Maravilha (POR) 29:08  Albertina Dias (POR) 32:11
5th 1990  Paul McCloy (CAN) 29:22  Odette Lapierre (CAN) 34:28
6th 1991  John Halvorsen (NOR) 29:21  Odette Lapierre (CAN) 35:03
7th 1992  John Halvorsen (NOR) 28:56  Carole Rouillard (CAN) 33:20
8th 1993  Steve Boyd (CAN) 30:03  Lisa Presedo (CAN) 34:16
9th 1994  Jeff Lockyer (CAN) 29:52  Lisa Presedo (CAN) 34:32
10th 1995  John Halvorsen (NOR) 29:25  Tania Jones (CAN) 35:29
11th 1996  Steve Boyd (CAN) 29:55  Tania Jones (CAN) 34:54
12th 1997  Rachid Tbahi (MAR) 29:41  Sarah Dillabough (CAN) 33:26
13th 1998  Paul Mbugua (KEN) 29:06  Isabelle LeDroit (CAN) 34:28
14th 1999  Paul Mbugua (KEN) 29:54  Danuta Bartoszek (CAN) 34:16.4
15th 2000  Paul Mbugua (KEN) 29:32.1  Grace Momanyi (KEN) 33:36.2
16th 2001  Julius Nderitu (KEN) 28:28.3  Uta Pippig (GER) 32:31.7
17th 2002  Enos Keter Kibet (KEN) 28:29.8  Uta Pippig (GER) 32:57.7
18th 2003  Yevgeniy Bozhko (UKR) 28:23.6  Lyudmila Biktasheva (RUS) 32:16.4
19th 2004  Duncan Kibet (KEN) 28:59.8  Aster Demissie (ETH) 32:30.3
20th 2005  George Kirwa Misoi (KEN) 28:55.7  Grace Momanyi (KEN) 31:24.4
21st 2006  George Kirwa Misoi (KEN) 28:29.5  Tetyana Hladyr (UKR) 32:05.0
22nd 2007  Simon Bairu (CAN) 28:29.1  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 33:01.2
23rd 2008  Julius Kiptoo (KEN) 28:37.0  Emebet Bacha (ETH) 32:42.1
24th 2009  Deriba Merga (ETH) 27:23.9  Teyba Erkesso (ETH) 31:50.4
25th 2010  Lelisa Desisa (ETH) 28:08.9  Dire Tune (ETH) 32:11.5
26th 2011  Deriba Merga (ETH) 28:30.3  Dire Tune (ETH) 31:43.2
27th 2012  Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 27:41.4  Lindsey Scherf (USA) 33:12.8
28th 2013  El Hassan El Abbassi (MAR) 27:36.6  Malika Assahah (MAR) 31:45.7
29th 2014  Wilson Kiprop (KEN) 28:00  Mary Keitany (KEN) 31:22

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Winners lists

External links[edit]