Ottawa, October 22, 2015
– Organizers of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend today announced they
have been awarded the prestigious International Amateur Athletic
Federation (IAAF) Gold label standard for the Scotiabank Ottawa
Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon joins Boston, New York, Chicago and Toronto
as one of five gold-label marathons in North America.
with its Gold Label for the Ottawa 10K – the only 10K gold in North
America – Ottawa also joins Lisbon as one of only two road racing events in the world to hold two IAAF Gold label races in one weekend.
“I am beyond proud,” said John Halvorsen, President of Run Ottawa and Race Director of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “This
second IAAF Gold label designation not only solidifies our event’s
status as one of the very best in the world, but is a testament to the
hard work of the entire Run Ottawa team, our partners and sponsors, and
the thousands of volunteers who make our event more successful every
The Gold label – the highest standard awarded by the international governing body for running – signifies that a race has met
IAAF’s stringent criteria on the caliber of the elite field, the
breadth of media coverage and logistical execution of the race.
“I’d like to extend my congratulations to the whole team at Run Ottawa,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.
“This accomplishment is proof that Ottawa is not only capable of
attracting major sporting events, but that we can create, grow and
nurture our very own world-class sporting events right here in our great
year, the National Capital Commission is delighted to welcome thousands
of runners from all over the world on the scenic routes and pathways of
Canada’s Capital”, says Dr. Mark Kristmanson, Chief Executive Officer of the NCC.
“I congratulate Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and Run Ottawa for these
new distinctions that draw international attention to our Capital.”
“The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend continues to raise the bar for the sport of running in Canada,” said Rob Guy, Chief Executive Officer, Athletics Canada.
“Being able to compete in world class road races on home soil is a huge
benefit for the development of our elite Canadian distance runners.”
IAAF Gold Label status is a tribute to the caliber of elite athletes
that have been increasingly choosing Ottawa as their spring marathon
“When you think of the Boston, New York or Chicago marathons, you think of the very best running in the world,” said Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator of the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Ottawa 10K.
“With the Gold Label standard, the IAAF has said that Ottawa is
operating at the same level. I think everyone in Ottawa should feel very
proud of that accomplishment, and very excited to watch some
world-class running next May.”
hundred and forty-six (146) runners took part in the first Ottawa
Marathon in 1975, which was organized entirely by a small group of
volunteers. Last year, 5,800 runners tackled the distance during the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Organizers are hoping to attract close to 10,000 marathoners in 2017 for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016 as part of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.
The 2015 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed 49,439
participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the
Scotiabank Half-Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the 2K and
Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of
only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold-label races –
the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2016 Tamarack
Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 28-29, 2016. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca.