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Posted: May 29, 2022::  

Athletics: Canadian Kinsey Middleton wins Ottawa Marathon; Ethiopian Andualem Shiferaw sets course record

Desjardins Charity Challenge raises more than $975,000

Ottawa, May 29, 2022 - Kinsey Middleton took top prize at today’s Tartan Ottawa International Marathon with a time of 2:30:09 – the first Canadian woman to do so since 2007.

Photo credit: Victah Sailer, PhotoRun

In the men’s race, Ethiopian Andualem Shiferaw set a new marathon course record with 2:06:04, the fastest time set on North American soil in 2022. The previous Ottawa course record was set by fellow Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay in 2014, in a time of 2:06:54.

Photo credit: Victah Sailer, PhotoRun

Noteworthy is that the top 2 finishers in the women’s category were Canadian.

“Today’s outstanding performances by our winners is rewarding on so many levels,” said Dylan Wykes, Elite Athlete Coordinator for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “The Ottawa course delivered great results for elite athletes, who continue to make Ottawa a highly competitive race destination. It’s especially thrilling to see our Canadian athletes shine so bright in an international competition.”

Top three in the men’s and women’s categories are:

Andualem Shiferaw (ETH) 2:06:04
Abdi Ali Gelchu (BHR) 2:09:24
Yuta Shimoda (JPN) 2:09:50

Kinsey Middleton (CAN)	2:30:09
Elissa Legault (CAN)	2:33:27
Katja Goldring (USA) 2:33:58

Full results are available at:
Women: Sportstats | Results
Men: Sportstats | Results

Race prizes
For her efforts today, Kinsey Middleton will take home $32,000 ($24,000 for placing first, $5,000 for first Canadian finisher, and $3,000 for running sub-2:32:00). Andualem Shiferaw will receive a total of $34,000 ($24,000 for placing first and $10,000 for setting a new course record).

Open prize awards for the first, second and third place women and men finishers receive $24,000, $13,500 and $8,000 respectively. Canadian prizes are $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000 for the top three women and men finishers.

Charity total
More than 2,500 runners took part in the Desjardins Charity Challenge raising more than $975,000 for 61 participating charities. The charity program will remain open until June 20th for online donations at

“After two years of virtual races, Run Ottawa was thrilled to stage a return to live racing at this year’s Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend,” said Ian Fraser, Executive Director of Run Ottawa and Race Director of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “We were equally proud to host a strong field of elite athletes and to hold six race events for close to 25,700 participants. We also want to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who raised funds for charities and to the more than 2,500 volunteers who helped make this weekend’s events a great success.”

Participation numbers
Ottawa Kids Marathon                  547
Ottawa 2K presented by ASICS Runkeeper    1,679
Ottawa 5K presented by ASICS Runkeeper    5,043
Ottawa 10K presented by Otto’s Ottawa     5,993
Ottawa Half-Marathon presented by Desjardins 8,226
Tartan Ottawa International Marathon        3,274

Virtual events
Ottawa Kids Marathon                 26
Ottawa 2K presented by ASICS Runkeeper    132
Ottawa 5K presented by ASICS Runkeeper    254
Ottawa 10K presented by Otto’s Ottawa     263
Ottawa Half-Marathon presented by Desjardins 187
Tartan Ottawa International Marathon        59
Total: 25,683 

About Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada's largest running and walking festival with six races, including the Tartan Ottawa International Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K and Kids Marathon, as well as the Lumberjack, Voyageur or Bytown distance challenges. In 2021, runners and walkers in the virtual event raised a record-breaking $1,064,163.58 for local and national charities through the Charity Challenge. The 2023 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 27-28, 2023.

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend was named Event of the Year at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards, and in 2020, its title sponsor Tamarack Homes won the Sport Tourism Canada’s Canadian Sport Event Sponsorship Initiative of the Year Award. The event is one of only two running events in Canada to host a World Athletics Gold label marathon, and is host to Athletic Canada's Canadian 10K Championships. For more information or to register:

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