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Ottawa race weekend wrapped up on Sunday with the half-marathon and marathon, which were run in hot and humid conditions in the nation’s capital. The half-marathon start time was pushed back to 8:15 a.m. to accommodate the heat.

RELATED: Runners not deterred by early morning heat at Sunday’s Ottawa marathon.

RELATED: VIDEO: Wild finish at the Ottawa 10K as women’s winner collapses.

The marathon, however, had a detour for certain runners. At 11 a.m. local time, four hours into the race, officials closed a 10K section of the course which decreased time on course by about 75 minutes. Officials were worried that the heat, which topped 30 C with humidity, was approaching dangerous levels.

Throughout the course, local residents and fans helped out runners by turning on their sprinklers and hoses while children got out their water guns to help cool off athletes. Hydration stations were topped with electrolyte-packed fluid and water plus intermittent banana and gel stations.

Canadian Running was on location throughout the event and got video and photos. The best of the best can be found below:

The winner of the Ottawa 10K collapsed at the finish line

Post-race interview with Canadian 10K champion Reid Coolsaet

Jason Dunkerley with guide runner Josh Karanja

Top Canadian in the Ottawa marathon had one of the world’s best runners act as her pacer

The crowd was still going strong well past the four-hour mark of the race


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  • Danno says:

    It was an awesome weekend. Bravo to the organizers for making wise adjustments to minimize the impact of the extreme heat on runners.

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