Athletics Canada announced today that the 2021 Canadian 10K Championships will be moved to Toronto as part of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon weekend on Sunday, Oct. 17. The event, a collaboration between Run Ottawa and Canada Running Series, will give elite Canadian athletes an opportunity to compete for a national championship and prize money.
The Championship 10K race will have a prize purse of $30,000 to be distributed to the top Canadian finishers. Athletics Canada has set the elite-entry standard under 32 minutes for men and under 37 minutes for women.
Attention elite distance runners! The Canadian 10K Championships will move to Toronto as part of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 17. Get all the details and register today:https://t.co/1q0kFJpawm pic.twitter.com/2kfA2zJks1
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) August 13, 2021
The event was originally planned as part of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend the last weekend of May, but was cancelled due to the pandemic. A press release from Athletics Canada stated, “It took all three organizations working together to provide this opportunity for our Canadian athletes.”
Canada Running Series president Alan Brookes said, “It has been a tough two years for all of us, and it will take an unselfish collaboration to successfully restart in-person road racing. We are very excited and grateful that we can hold this event and come together to put on an epic 10K.”
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K will welcome 5,000 entries into the mass start, marking the largest race in Ontario since pre-pandemic. Out of an abundance of caution, the race will be limited to Canadian residents only.
Ottawa will again play host to the Athletics Canada 10K Championships as part of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend in May, 2022.