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Ottawa 10K elites pick their Dream Teams for cash and a good cause

The public is invited to select their own fantasy dream teams to compete for prizes and support the Salvation Army's flood relief efforts

The Ottawa 10K has announced an incredible field for the May 25 race, including many of the biggest names in Canadian running. It’s also bringing back the Dream Team Challenge for the second time, which will guarantee an even more exciting race as teams compete for cash and the chance to support one of four local charities.

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2018 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Photo: Victah Sailer/PhotoRun

Four elite Canadians have been selected as team captains, and are in the process of choosing three others to join their Dream Team, racing to support their assigned charity. The fastest team wins, generating a $1,000 donation to the charity, and depending on how they finish, the four-person team will get to share between $1,000 and $6,000.

The four team captains and their assigned charities are:

Sasha Gollish–Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Justin Kent–Canadian Cancer Society
Jessica O’Connell–MitoCanada Foundation
Natasha Wodak–Ottawa Humane Society


So far, Wodak has picked Kenyan athlete Peres Jepchirchir and Gete Alemayehu of Ethiopia. O’Connell has picked Fikadu Haftu of Ethiopia and Edith Chelimo of Kenya. Kent has picked Stacey Chepkemboi Ndiwa of Kenya, Valary Jemeli of Kenya and Reda El Aaraby of Morocco. Gollish has picked Moses Kibet of Kenya, Abderrahmane Kachir of Morocco and Wilfred Kimitei of Kenya.

The public is encouraged to get involved too, by creating their own fantasy 10K Dream Team and competing for prizes including $250 cash (first place), a pair of Zizu sunglasses (second place), or a Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Timex watch (third prize).

Racewalker Evan Dunfee is getting in on the action, tweeting his own fantasy dream team of Valary Jemeli, Stacey Ndiwa, Peres Jepchirchir, and Edith Chelimo.

Click here for the list of eligible athletes. Click here to get started with your $5 donation to the Salvation Army (required) and to select your team members. Enter as often as you wish, with different teams each time. The deadline is Friday, May 24, and the winners will be announced on Monday, May 27.