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Posted: September 24, 2019:  

Athletics: Exciting refresh announced for Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend as 2020 registration opens

New marathon team relay event and distance challenge added; Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon moves to Saturday on new family-friendly course

September 24, 2019 - Ottawa - Registration opens today for the 2020 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend with three exciting changes to Canada's largest running festival:
1. a new relay category in the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon
2. a new distance challenge
3. a new race day and course for the Scotiabank Kids Marathon

The Race Weekend refresh comes with the arrival of Ian Fraser, whose vision for Race Weekend includes delivering more options for runners. Fraser signed on as new Executive Director and Race Director on September 9th.

Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon Team Relay - Experience the iconic Ottawa marathon course with a team!

Starting in 2020, teams of 4 people will be able to run the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon as part of a new relay event with each person taking on a part of the course.

"The new relay category will give a whole new class of runners the chance to experience the magnificence of this iconic course first-hand," said Ian Fraser. "Until now, only those who could train for and run a full 42.2km could experience one the world's most picturesque marathon courses."

Bytown Challenge - Making the most of the Saturday!

Runners interested in a distance challenge will now have their pick between the Lumberjack Challenge (2K, 5K, 10k and marathon), the Voyageur Challenge (2K, 5K, 10K, and half-marathon), or the newly introduced Bytown Challenge (2K, 5K, 10K).

"There's a trend in the running culture for people to challenge themselves by competing in multiple distances over a weekend," said Fraser. "We believe this new challenge will allow participants to supersize their experience at race weekend."

Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon - New day, new family-friendly finish line!

The Scotiabank Kids Marathon traditionally staged on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. will now be moving to Saturday at 2:00 p.m., on a new course that will allow parents to watch their kids cross the finish line.

"The current finish line location was limiting parents' ability to celebrate this huge accomplishment with their kids," continued Fraser. "The new course ending on Laurier Street will enable them to watch with pride as their kids cross the finish line and give them that well-deserved hug or high five."

Registration information

Details on the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon Team Relay, Bytown Challenge and Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon, along with full pricing and registration information can be found at

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 23-24, 2020.

About Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2019 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed more than 32,000 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the Ottawa 5K, the Ottawa 2K and Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon. This year, runners raised $800,000 for 70 local and national charities, through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races: the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2020 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 23-24, 2020. For more information: RunOttawa,ca.

About Run Ottawa

Run Ottawa is the National Capital Region's premiere running organization and the organizers of Canada's most popular multi-day running event, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, featuring the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. A not-for-profit, Run Ottawa manages the Run Ottawa Club and organizes more than 20 running events throughout the year, including Emilie's Run, the Richmond Road Races, the popular Cookie Run, and the Saturday 5Ks at the Experimental Farm. Run Ottawa also manages the Kids Run Ottawa program, which introduces running into the schools for kids aged 6 to 12.

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