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5 sub-2:07 Guys Running Ottawa in Best Field Ever

Tseguay, Worku and Korir head up ‰Û÷best field ever‰Ûª for Scotiabank
Ottawa Marathon

New Canadian soil record likely
at May 25 event

May 7, 2014 – Ottawa
The Canadian land soil record of 2:07:05 is likely to fall at this year‰Ûªs
IAAF silver label Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon with five of the top contenders
boasting personal bests under 2:07.

The fastest man in the field, Yemane Tseguay of Ethiopia
holds a personal best time of 2:04:48, and recently won the 2014 Daegu
International Marathon on April 6th (2:06:50). Another Ethiopian Bazu Worku has
a personal best time of 2:05:25. 2012 Boston Marathon champ, and two-time Los
Angeles Marathon winner Wesley Korir of Kenya is also one to watch with his personal
best time of 2:06:13.  

Women‰Ûªs field is
equally impressive

The women‰Ûªs course record of 2:25:31 is also up for grabs
with Ethiopian Ehitu Kiros and Kenyan Agnes Kiprop, both with personal bests
under 2:24, lining up on May 25.  Kiros‰Ûª
compatriot Etalemahu Kidane, who holds a PB of 2:25:49 will also be looking for
that first place finish and $20,000 prize purse.

On the Canadian front

Canadians will also be well represented at this year‰Ûªs
event, which also serves as the Canadian Marathon Championships.

After having to pull out of last year‰Ûªs Ottawa Marathon due
to injury, Eric Gillis will finally run the Ottawa Marathon following two big
wins at the Yonge Street 10K and the Canadian Half-Marathon Championships held
at the Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal. Gillis‰Ûª best time of 2:11:29 qualified
him for the 2012 London Olympics 

Rob Watson, the current Canadian Marathon Champion, is
returning to defend his title.

On the women‰Ûªs front, the top contender is Rhiannon
Johns of Sault Ste-Marie, who boasts a personal best of 2:40:24 and is lining up in Ottawa for the first
time.

Facts:

  • Last
    year
    , course records were produced in both the men‰Ûªs and women‰Ûªs races as
    the Ethiopian pair of Tariku Jufar (2:08:05) and Yeshi Esayias (2:25:31) won
    their respective races.
  • Rob Watson won the 2013
    Canadian Marathon Championships
    with a time of 2:18:33
  • The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is the only event in the
    world to host two IAAF silver-label events in two days – the Scotiabank Ottawa
    Marathon and the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10K
  • The first male and the first female winner receive $20,000
    (USD)
  • The person to beat the Canadian land soil record receives
    $10,000 (USD) and a Hyundai Sante Fe 

Additional
information:

Quotes:

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs the best field we’ve ever assembled in Ottawa. If the
weather cooperates, a Canadian soil record is definitely in the cards for May
25th.‰Û – Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator

‰ÛÏOttawa is going to be an
incredible competitive field. I think Ottawa has done a great job in recruiting
the best athletes. It will give me an opportunity to compete and try to win the
race. My first goal is to win the race.‰Û – Wesley Korir

‰ÛÏI’m very happy with how the
return to workouts has gone. I‰Ûªm feeling more on top of my game than I’ve felt
in years. This has got me eager to really start rockin’ and rollin’ this Scotiabank
Ottawa Marathon buildup. Ottawa is a race I’ve had my heart set on for years,
the first ever marathon I watched live. 2014 is the year I finally compete and
complete this great race!‰Û  – Eric Gillis

About Tamarack Ottawa
Race Weekend

The 2014 Tamarack
Ottawa Race Weekend will welcome 48,000 participants in six races, including
the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half-Marathon, the Lowertown
Brewery Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the 2K and Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The
Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Ottawa 10K are both designated Silver Label IAAF
events by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). Run Ottawa, the
organization behind the Tamarack Ottawa
Race Weekend, is dedicated to promoting the sport of running and enhancing the
health and well-being of our community by organizing distinctive world-class
and local races, and managing an active, membership-based running club. Visit
us at www.runottawa.ca.

About Scotiabank: 

Scotiabank is a leading financial services
provider in over 55 countries and Canada‰Ûªs most international bank. Through
Bright Future, our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees
support causes at a grassroots level across six pillars: health, education,
social services, arts and culture, environment and sports. Recognized as a
leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank
has contributed on average some $50 million annually over the last five years
to community causes around the world. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

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