The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend aims to go ahead as planned this weekend after last Saturday’s devastating storm.
In an email to participants, organizers say they are working with the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau to ensure race weekend can go ahead on May 28-29.
“As things stand, there will be no course changes and races will start at the originally scheduled time. If things change, we will share information as soon as possible,” the race director said. Ian Fraser.
Fraser encouraged attendees to donate to a charity to help the community recover from the storm, which killed at least 10 people in Ontario and Quebec and caused extensive damage and long power outages.
“If each participant contributed $20 to a Desjardins Charity Challenge participant or charity, together we could raise an additional $500,000 for our communities. $20 is all it takes,” Fraser said.
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running and walking festival with six races including the Ottawa Marathon. The annual event was virtual in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is back in person this year.