May 27, 2009 -- OTTAWA -- Run Ottawa today pays tribute to MDS Nordion as it winds down its role as sponsor of Ottawa Race Weekend's 2k, 5k and 10k events.
Run Ottawa's President Susan Longbottom complimented the organization's long partnership with MDS Nordion.
"Run Ottawa may no longer have MDS Nordion as a title sponsor," said Susan Longbottom, President, Run Ottawa. "But we've been assured Ottawa's most community-minded corporation will continue contributing to the Race Weekend through its fundraising and volunteer efforts."
MDS Nordion's sponsorship began in 1987. The company has not only sponsored all the 10K events, but is a long-time partner of the Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Race Weekend's official local charity.
“MDS Nordion has been on the journey with us as Ottawa Race Weekend has grown from a largely regional event to an international race destination," continued Susan Longbottom. "The success and prestige we enjoy could not have been possible without this outstanding community leader."
"MDS Nordion is proud to have been a long-time partner of the Ottawa Race Weekend," says Steve West, President, MDS Nordion. "I would like to personally thank the employees, volunteers, and the board of directors from Run Ottawa for making this event so successful. We remain confident that the organization will continue to garner international recognition as one of the world's best running events."
MDS Nordion will remain the lead sponsor of The Ottawa Hospital's Race Weekend fundraising campaign. Since 2001 MDS Nordion and its employees have raised over $660,000 for the Ottawa Hospital.
ABOUT THE OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND
The Ottawa Race Weekend, Canada's premier running festival, combines competition, participation and fundraising to make a distinctive contribution to the health of the community. The 2009 Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed 36,690 participants in seven races, including the Ottawa Marathon and the MDS Nordion 10K. Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Ottawa Race Weekend, is run by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Deriba Merga (L) and Teyba Erkesso (R), winners in the MDS Nordion 10K in Ottawa - Photos: RunnersWeb.com