The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is set to go ahead as planned this weekend, following Saturday’s devastating storm.
In an email to participants, organizers say they are working with the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau to ensure the race weekend can continue on May 28 and 29.
“As it stands, there will be no course changes and the races will start at their originally scheduled times. Should things change, we will share the information as soon as possible,” said race director Ian Fraser.
Fraser encouraged participants to donate to charity to help the community recover from the storm, which killed at least 10 people in Ontario and Quebec and caused widespread damage and prolonged power outages.
“If each participant donates $20 to a participant or charity in the Desjardins Charity Challenge, together we could raise an additional $500,000 for our communities. $20 is all it takes,” Fraser said.
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 live again this year.