Ottawa Race Weekend
Date: May 26-27
The Ottawa Race Weekend - Canada's premiere race festival - combines competition,
participation and fundraising to make a distinctive contribution to the health
of our community.
An important fundraising component was added to the race and runners were encouraged to raise pledges for various charities. To date, the Ottawa Race Weekend has raised over 3.5 million dollars for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, benefiting the Breast Cancer Centre and the new Prostate Centre. In recent years our fundraising efforts have been propelled forward by the MDS Nordion/Ottawa Hospital Fundraising Challenge. Led by former Ottawa Mayor Jackie Holzman and MDS Nordion’s David McInnes, the challenge has added yet another element of excitement to the Race Weekend.
Many other changes and additions, including the Race Weekend Sports and Fitness Expo, the move to a one-loop marathon course through downtown Ottawa, and of course the growing support from the running community, have all contributed to the Race Weekend’s rich history and helped to make it what it is today.