Three Things Thursday: Ottawa Race Weekend Edition

Holy Sugar – it is RACE WEEKEND!!!!


Yes – that is me screaming on the inside.

Although I would be screaming on the outside if I wasn’t so tired. Race weekend always occurs during the height of track season, so I am a wee bit tired for this weekend. In celebration of these weekend’s festivities – today’s Three Things Thursday will be 3 tips to enjoy the Race Weekend Experience:


Tip #1 – If you are running the 5 or 10K, you *may* want to bring a hand water bottle

The aid stations for both of these races are 4K into the race. I was so thirsty during the 10K last year and it was really warm out. This year it looks like we may avoid humidity, but still – if you are really used to drinking lots of water on a run – consider prepping for hydration. Also – insider tip. If you are feeling really hot – ask the water station to squirt you with the hose. We are allowed πŸ™‚ Also – bring water for the pre-race time – water is priced at a premium.

Tip #2 – Figure out a meeting location to find friends and family after – and NOT the recovery area

The Race weekend is flippin’ nuts – do NOT say “I will meet you in recovery”. You will never find anyone in that crowd unless you are wearing a banana costume (please do). Suggested locations include: Laurier Street Bridge, spiral stairs, Ottawa Fire Fighter’s Memorial or the local pub.

Tip #3 – Figure out parking before hand/take public transit

Parking in downtown Ottawa is a bit of a pain. It is a bigger pain when there is a race going on! Figure out where you are going to park before you leave. There are quite a large amount of road closures! An idea would be to take the bus – which will drop you off about a KM from the start (good warm up!). In Ottawa we have many Park and Rides that are located throughout the city. Go HEREΒ to find a location nearest you.


Do any of you have some tips that you would like to share?

Anyone else running the 10K? Come say hi! Email me for my meeting location πŸ™‚


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  1. Nicole

    It amazes me the number of people that don’t bring their own water for 10k or longer races. I never depend on the race to supply me with all my water and nutrition. Plus you can avoid the insane water station clogs. That’s just me though- it’s been drilled into me to always bring my own water.

    Good tips- I’ll be using them this weekend even though I won’t be racing in Ottawa!

    Good luck on your race!!

  2. Nikki

    Great tips, thanks! It’s my first time at the Race Weekend and I’m a little nervous (I’m doing the 5K.) My hubby is doing the half so we will half to sort out a good meet-up place for after both races. πŸ™‚

    Have a great race!


    After running a 10K that had no water stations (I didn’t bring water) I always carry even just a very small water bottle with me. Even if I don’t drink from it I relax a little knowing I have it.

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      I was going to for the 10K – but I hate carrying anything while running (Im weird)


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