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Posted: May 16, 2023:  

Athletics: International athletes Melat Kejeta, Adanech Anbesa strong contenders in this year’s Tartan Ottawa International Marathon

Complete women’s field start list revealed

OTTAWA, ON, May 16, 2023—Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is excited to release the complete start list of the World Athletics Elite Label Tartan Ottawa International Marathon, female division, featuring Melat Kejeta (GER), Adanech Anbesa (ETH), and Malindi Elmore (CAN).

Melat Kejeta is a global medalist, marathoner, and a mom. The runner, who also serves in the German police force, will run the Tartan Ottawa International Marathon. This is also the first marathon Kejeta will participate in since giving birth last May.

Kejeta has produced a few remarkable results across the course of her career. In 2019, she placed 6th at the prestigious Berlin Marathon. In 2020, she won a silver medal at the World Half Marathon Championships in Poland. And at the Tokyo Olympics, she ran to a spectacular 6th place. Fellow marathon mom, Malindi Elmore was also in the top-10 at the Tokyo Olympics. Both Elmore and Kejeta will be running the 2023 edition of the Tartan Ottawa International Marathon. See recent media release on Elmore here.

Kejeta sports personal bests of 2:23:57 for the marathon and 1:05:18 for the half marathon, the latter of which is the European record.

To learn more about Melat Kejeta and her inspiring return to running, please read the latest elite feature on the Run Ottawa blog.

See the complete start list here.

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, Ottawa Half Marathon presented by Desjardins, Ottawa 10K presented by Otto’s Ottawa, Ottawa 5K & Ottawa 2K presented by Runkeeper, and Ottawa Kids Marathon, as well as three multi-event challenges. In 2022, runners and walkers in the event raised a record-breaking $1,067,612.00 for local and national charities through the Desjardins Charity Challenge. The 2023 edition of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 27-28.

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is the only running event in Canada to host a World Athletics Elite label marathon, and is host to Athletics Canada's Canadian 10K Championships. The weekend was named Event of the Year at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards, and in 2020, its title sponsor Tamarack Homes won Sport Tourism Canada’s Canadian Sport Event Sponsorship Initiative of the Year Award.

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Photo (credit Victah Sailer)

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