Ottawa Running Race Guide Winter/Spring 2014

Happy Monday

A reminder that the giveaway from Staples Canada ends tonight – so please enter if you wish! I will pick a winner tonight or tomorrow depending on how insane things get tonight.

It is that time of year again – time to start planning the races that you want to enter for winter and spring! Many races do sell out, so it is imperative to sign up early if one of those races is popular. The Ottawa Race Weekend is essentially sold out (only the Kid’s Marathon and 2K Family Race are left). It sold out in record time. Bib transfer is allowed though – so pay attention to Facebook/Twitter/Running Room Forums if you wish to grab a bib!



Here is a list of races in the Ottawa area that you might want to consider:



Winterman – Sunday, February 16th

A classic Ottawa Race. All classic distances are available: marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K and 3K. This race is a pretty popular one. I have run it once and it was a good time. The race location is at the War Museum. It is a well organized race, features a cool medal and it brings a nice end to Winterlude. Downfalls are that it can be downright freezing on the day of the race and parking can be a pain. I have no been able to run this race since Max has been around since P works all weekend on finishing the robot. If anyone wants to help and watch Max – I will run 🙂


St Patrick’s Day race for CHEO – Saturday March 15th

Another great Ottawa tradition race. Race options are the 5K and 10K. I ran this race for the first time last year. It was a cold day (but no where near as cold as last week’s MEC race) but fun. The course is nice and flat on Colonel By Drive. Those who have run the Ottawa Race Weekend 10K or National Capital Triathlon will know the route. When you arrive at the site, you are allowed to stay warm inside Immaculata High School. Costumes are strongly encouraged!


Alive to Strive – Sunday, April 27th


Alive to Strive is a charity race in support of the Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project. The race options include a 1K, 5K and 10K. The race location is the Terry Fox Athletic Facility (aka my second home in the summer). The race route is fairly flat – going on to Colonel By Drive – BUT to get back to the track, you have to go uphill back on to Hog’s Back road. You finish with a 200m run on the track.

Manotick Miler – Sunday, April 27th

Another newer race. This race features a 1, 3, 5 and 10 mile race which makes it different than all the other races. The race has grown in size and popularity and I know several people who will be running the race. It seems like a good time. Now is only Manotick was a bit closer….

and when you couldn’t think that there would be any more races on April 27th:

MEC Race #2 – Spring Gallop – Sunday, April 27th

MEC Race #2 is on the same day as the other two races. I like MEC races because of the price point and small size. For $15 you get a chip time, Clif bar snacks and a different race experience. This race occurs at the Nepean Equestrian Park and features a mix of grass, gravel and path surfaces. Race options are the 5K and 10K. I *may* run this race – but the distance from my house is a drawback.


MEC Race #3 – Trail Tester – Sunday, May 4th

MEC has started adding different races this year. This particular race is a trail race in Gatineau Park – Cool! Another $15 chip-timed race. Race options are a 12.5 and 5.5K. If I did not have a half marathon really close to this race, I would be in for sure! But – as I learned from the snow-covered trail race, my legs do not like change. Again – MEC races are small, well-run and fun.

Shopper’s Drug Mart Run for Women – Sunday, May 11th

A new race for Ottawa! This race happens on the day that the Somersault ‘Day before Mother’s Day’ race used to occur. It even is located in the same location as the 2011 race. Except not on the road, but on the tiny path. I believe this race is just for woman. Apparently there will be really cool swag, according to their website. I may run this race to experience a new race, but running on that trail and the price point ($45 before taxes) might make me not.

Colonel By Classic – Saturday, May 17th

Kind of featured as a ‘race before the big one’ (meaning Ottawa Race Weekend) – Somersault’s annual Colonel By classic features an 8K and 3K. The race location is Carleton University with the running routes on Colonel By Drive. Somersault usually puts on good races – I just have not entered this race before.


Emilie’s Run – Saturday, June 21st

A favorite woman-only race in Ottawa. I have run this race twice – once pregnant and once with Max in the chariot. I was registered last year, but had to pull out because of a scheduling conflict. I would like to redeem myself (both of those races were ‘blah’) and run Emilie’s Run again this year. This will probably be my last 5K race of 2014 as I transition to marathon training right after. If I am going to go sub-25 this is it. The course is on the Aviation parkway and features a downhill first KM. It is a FAST race, so if you want to be pushed – this is the race for you! This year they added the half marathon – which is pretty cool!

MEC Race #4 – Summer Solstice Shuffle – Sunday, June 22nd

Another MEC race. But I *might* be skipping this one too (boo). This race is in Carp (close to Kanata). MEC Race #4 has the 5K, 10K and half marathon. Be warned, if it is the same route as last year, it is HILLY. That last KM features an awful hill – I even saw some people in the lead pack walk up it. Another $15 cheap race in a very scenic environment.


There is a number of races to choose from! I wish there were a few more weekends added (seriously, what is with April 27th?) – but what can you do! 

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  1. Kristi

    Same question from me… What’s with April 27th? I’m registered for the Manotick 10 miler and looking forward to it but I would have also liked to try the MEC race. BTW, I wouldn’t let the location of the MEC race deter you. It will take you less time to get there than something downtown since it is right off the highway with easy access and lots of parking. You’ll get to it faster than I will make it to Manotick!
    Are you starting a half marathon training program now?

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Yes – I usually roughly go with the Running Room 18 week program and yes it is time!


    I love that you do this on your blog… It would be interesting for me to do the same thing for Flagstaff. There are SO many road races, trail races, ultras, AAAH! I might get overwhelmed!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Wowzers! We don’t have too many – but as you can see with April 27th they get bunched up

  3. Dani @ lifeovereasy

    Looks like there is lots on the go for runners in your area, thanks for sharing.

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      There is! Thanks for stopping by!

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