Ottawa Race Weekend

Photo: Alex Brault.

For runners looking to take on a bigger challenge at the Ottawa Marathon, two new additions for 2017 may be just what you’re looking for.

The May 27-28 festivities, which will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, will include a “Lumberjack Challenge” and a “Voyageur Challenge”– both of which are a combination of individual races. These added challenges are sure to make one of Canada’s most popular events that much more appealing in 2017.

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Both the Lumberjack and Voyageur challenges will echo the style of the world-famous Dopey Challenge at the annual Walt Disney World race weekend in that runners tackle separate distances back-to-back. By accumulating the number of races ran over the weekend, they create a larger overall goal. 

Lumberjack and Voyageur Challenge participants will receive the shirt and medal for each of the races plus an additional memento. Registrations are limited to 200 participants for the Lumberjack Challenge and 1,000 for the Voyageur so make sure to sign up early for the popular late-spring event, which Canadian Running named best race of 2016. There will be a prompt on registration to choose one of the two challenges in addition to the individual events.

Lumberjack Challenge

The longer of the two challenges. The Lumberjack Challenge encompasses the Ottawa 2K, HTG Sports Ottawa 5K, and the Ottawa 10K on Saturday, followed by the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon the next morning. Cost is $240 plus applicable taxes and processing.

Schedule for running the Lumberjack Challenge

Ottawa 2K – 3 p.m. (Saturday)
HTG Sports Ottawa 5K – 4 p.m. (Saturday)
Ottawa 10K – 6:30 p.m. (Saturday)
Ottawa Marathon – 7 a.m. (Sunday)

Total distance: 59.2K

Voyageur Challenge

The Voyageur Challenge combines the HTG Sports Ottawa 5K, and Ottawa 10K on Saturday, followed by the Scotiabank Ottawa Half-Marathon on Sunday. The total distance is more than three-quarters of a marathon. Cost is $195 plus applicable taxes and processing.

Schedule for running the Voyageur Challenge

HTG Sports Ottawa 5K – 4 p.m. (Saturday)
Ottawa 10K – 6:30 p.m. (Saturday)
Scotiabank Ottawa Half-Marathon – 9 a.m. (Sunday)

Total distance: 36.1K

Click on each of the two challenge headers to register. Click here to see CR‘s Ottawa race weekend photo gallery from 2016.


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