Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
3.8
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
4
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running weekend. In 2016, close to 47,000 people participated in six events over the weekend, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. As one of two IAAF Gold Label marathon events in Canada, the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon attracts Canada’s largest marathon field (7,000 participants) … MORE
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    ldoucet VIRTUAL RUNNER '20

    I signed up as a virtual runner for this race. It was actually a pretty good set up that they made for this virtual race. I signed up to do … MORE

    I signed up as a virtual runner for this race.

    It was actually a pretty good set up that they made for this virtual race. I signed up to do the Lumberjack Challenge. 2k/5k/10k/Marathon. The organizers had it that you could upload your results to the website AND that they allowed you do do the Marathon in 2-Halves but they had to be back to back days. I did my marathon all in 1 day. Also they allow for the races to be completed and uploaded by September. I liked this option because you could actually push yourself over the summer to get a better result.

    The t-shirts and medals came in the mail as well as the usual swag that you get at the race expo. My only negative complaint, I was not able to download my bib to print off to race with.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    pohlkamphartt FIRST-TIMER '20

    Ottawa made race weekend virtual this year. Their app was very easy to use and informative. We were able to run in our home town and submit our time online. MORE

    Ottawa made race weekend virtual this year. Their app was very easy to use and informative. We were able to run in our home town and submit our time online.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    JoJoRunner FIRST-TIMER '17

    well-organised, but the more races I have done, the less I like these big races. The long stretched finished area felt "cold" and impersonal despite the fact that everybody was … MORE

    well-organised, but the more races I have done, the less I like these big races. The long stretched finished area felt “cold” and impersonal despite the fact that everybody was super nice. The course is mainly flat and leads through Ontario and Quebec/ one crosses Ottawa river twice. Unusually many people were getting medical attention and I m not sure if the mild temperatures knocked out the Canadians or if there were so many people not well-prepared. T-shirt and medals plus race bag as swag. Way too looooooong queue at the beer stand (one free beer per participant).

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    amichellemac FIRST-TIMER '10

    I should start with a disclaimer. I did not train for this race, I ran maybe twice in the month leading up to it. Nevertheless, it turned out to be … MORE

    I should start with a disclaimer. I did not train for this race, I ran maybe twice in the month leading up to it. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a magical day for me.

    Being Ottawa, the city is quite picturesque and incredibly clean. The marathon is perhaps the best organized of any race I’ve ever participated in, with frequent and well stocked fueling stations. The spectator support is second to none, and consistent throughout the entire race.

    They have lots of pace bunny options and, not having trained I started out with the 4:45 pace bunny, telling him I might not be able to keep up. I just felt so great though, and it wasn’t getting wrapped up in the start line adrenaline, it was something else. I just knew I had to let my legs lead me. So, I eventually caught the 4:30 pace bunny and, to my great surprise, that pace was also too slow for me. So I kept going, and then hit the 4:15 pace bunny, at which point I really started to question myself. But I felt really good too, and I said, you only live once, let’s play this out and see where it leads. So then I finally moved on again and made it to the 4:00 pace bunny, though I ran mostly on my own.

    Long story short, I never hit the wall that day, I felt wonderful the entire race. I finished in 4:02, a personal best by a whopping 49 minutes. Not only that, after the race my friends and I saw Radiya Adlo (2nd Place Overall Female), Bazu Worku (3rd Place Overall Male), Merimma Mohammed (1st Place Overall Female) and Samira Raif (3rd Place Overall Female). I muscled up the courage, walked over and asked for a picture. They were very happy to oblige, and Radiya actually gave me the bouquet she’d received on the podium. Not only that, Adam Goucher took the time to personally congratulate me on Facebook. It was the best day of my life. I’ll cherish it always.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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