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.
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:
A sudden downpour hit the Ottawa 10K on Saturday evening.
Laura Batterink in the Ottawa 10K/Canadian championships.
Catherine Watkins in the Ottawa 10K/Canadian championships.
Peres Jepchirchir collapsed at the finish line of the Ottawa 10K.
Natasha Wodak (2nd), Lanni Marchant (1st) and Rachel Hannah (3rd) celebrate their top three finishes at the Canadian 10K championships.
Lanni Marchant celebrates her Canadian 10K victory.
Reid Coolsaet congratulates podium finisher Kevin Friesen.
Tarah Korir celebrates being the top Canadian at the Ottawa marathon.
Tarah Korir celebrates being the top Canadian at the 2016 Ottawa marathon. Photo: Adam Wojtkowiak.
Koren Jelela was the women's winner at the Ottawa marathon in 2:27:06. Photo: Adam Wojtkowiak.
Dino Sefir was the overall winner of the Ottawa marathon in 2:08:14.
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
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