Ottawa Race Weekend 2022

Ottawa, the Nation’s Capital, is proud to host and represent Canada’s largest and fastest marathon. Tamarack Ottawa Race weekend represents what the community is all about. With 7,000 participants and thousands of additional cheering spectators totalling over 46,000 people engaged in the events. We welcome you to join us in attendance to celebrate the event in our vibrant city. Read below for the full story, dates and road closures for Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2022. 

One of the two World Athletics Gold Label marathon events in Canada. Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend unites people together in the destination city. Having raised thousands of dollars in charity support annually, it’s a privilege to have this event ignite on Parliament Hill soil once again after having to gather virtually since 2020. 

The Tartan Ottawa International Marathon

The Tartan Ottawa International Marathon is one of Canada's largest Boston Marathon Qualifiers. For those who qualify and pre-register, money can be made in the Tartan Ottawa International Marathon and the Ottawa 10K competition. The Tartan event also attracts international runners who may qualify with the standard, sub 2 hours 9 minutes (Male) / 2 hours 26 minutes (Female) in timed completion in past marathons, dating back to 2019. 

What’s a Tartan?

You can anticipate coming across many runners in kilt attire. Tartans are rooted in Scottish culture as Scottishness can be represented by various patterns of lining and plaids associated with different symbolic meanings threaded on kilts. 

The Ottawa half Marathon presented by Desjardins is notorious for being one of Ottawa‘s fastest-selling festivals. Recognized as a fast and fairly flat course layout, many are able to achieve personal best or attain personal goals regarding their distance and times. Taking place along the Ottawa River across the province of Quebec, Ontario’s friendly provincial neighbour. You are encouraged to participate in Ottawa’s largest field of gathering. In addition, you can be part of the charitable cause by donating to the Desjardins Foundation.

Canada has only one IAAF Gold Label 10K event and it’s here, in the heart of Ottawa. The World Athletics Label Road Races are races, targets our global leading runners. The world’s best runners are presented with the opportunity to compete and represent themselves in this 10K event while enjoying Ottawa’s beautiful landscape. The course route displays the aesthetics of the Rideau Canal and Dow’s Lake’s tulip landscapes throughout the area. 

How Can You Participate? 

You can walk it, you can run it, you can cheer it on with thousands of others! The Ottawa 5K and its course route is surrounded by historical buildings such as the Parliament building itself, the Chateau Laurier, the Ottawa locks along the Rideau Canal,  and many more within the surrounding area. If you consider yourself an elite racer, you can even earn cash prizes. With a charitable cause among us, expect nothing short of high energy and an electric atmosphere downtown Ottawa up on Parliament Hill!

The Ottawa 2K, unless you have participated in this event before, you have likely never experienced anything like this before. This event is for all. Families, youngins, elders, you name it they’ll be there. Whether you are a walker or a runner, you will be surrounded by feeling the positive and enthusiastic crowd the entire way! 

The Ottawa Kids Marathon is arguably the foundation of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend event. This remarkable 1.2Km kids marathon gives kids between the ages of 5-12 the chance to participate in an active and spirited event that is part of the recognized and universal event.  The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend presents a memorable achievement and atmosphere for the kids and families that will be at Parliament Hill this Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, May 28 2022

Time: 6:30pm ET

Location: Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa 5K presented by ASICS Runkeeper

Time: 4:00pm ET

Location: Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa 2K presented by ASICS Runkeeper

Time: 3:00pm ET

Location: Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa 1.2K Kids Marathon 

Time: 2:00pm ET

Location: Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, Ontario

Sunday, May 29 2022

Tartan Ottawa International Marathon

Time: 7:00am

Location: Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa Half Marathon presented by Desjardins

Time: 9:00am ET

Location: Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, Ontario

Notable Saturday Road Closures 

Laurier Avenue between Metcalfe and Nicholas 1:00-9:00 pm

Elgin Street between Catherine and QED 3:30-8:45 pm

Elgin between Laurier and Catherine 2:15-3:45 pm AND 6:15-7:00 pm

Lisgar Street between Cartier and Elgin 2:00-4:30 pm

Cartier Street between Lisgar and Argyle 2:30-3:30 pm

Elgin Street southbound between Wellington and Laurier 2:00-5:00 pm

Elgin Street northbound, between Laurier and Wellington 3:30-4:30 pm

Queen Street between Elgin and O’Connor 3:30-4:30 pm

Metcalfe Street between Wellington and Albert 3:30-4:35 pm

O’Connor Street between Albert and Wellington 3:30-4:30pm

Wellington between Bank and Colonel By Drive eastbound 3:30-5:00 pm

Lakeside 6:00-8:00 pm

Bronson southbound between Lakeside and Col. By 6:00-8:00 pm (lane reductions)

Colonel By Drive between Daly and Hawthorne 2:00-8:00 pm

Colonel By Drive between Hawthorne and Bronson 3:00-8:30 pm

Hawthorne between Colonel By drive and Main 3:00-8:30 pm

Pretoria Bridge 3:30-8:45 pm

Argyle between and Elgin and Cartier 6:30-8:45 pm

Queen Elizabeth Drive between Somerset and Elgin  2:00-9:00 pm

Queen Elizabeth Drive between Elgin and Preston 3:00-8:30 pm

Notable Sunday Road Closures

Laurier Avenue between Elgin and Metcalfe 5:00-8:00 am

Elgin between Laurier and Catherine 8:45-9:30 am

Laurier Avenue between Nicholas and Elgin 5:00 am-3:00 pm

Queen Elizabeth Drive between Preston and Elgin 6:00-10:45 am

Queen Elizabeth Drive between Lawrence Frieman & Laurier 5:00 am-6:00 pm

Queen Elizabeth Drive between Elgin and Somerset W. 6:00 am-2:30 pm

Lisgar Street between Cartier & Elgin 6:00-9:45 am

Cartier Street between Lisgar and Cooper 7:00-9:45 a.m.

Cartier Street between Somerset and Argyle 7:45-9:45 a.m.

Wellington Street eastbound between Elgin and Col. By 6:30 am-2:00 pm

Rideau westbound between Sussex and Mackenzie 7:30 am-2:00 pm

Preston between Q.E. Driveway & Carling 6:30-10:45 am (northbound lanes)

Carling westbound between Preston & Sherwood 6:45-11:00 am

Carling eastbound at Preston 6:45-11:00 am

Sherwood Drive between Carling and Fairmont 6:15-11:15 am

Fairmont Avenue between Sherwood and Wellington 6:15-11:30 am

Wellington St. between Fairmont and Bayswater/Bayview 6:15-11:45 am

Bayview Avenue between Wellington and Scott 6:15-11:45 am

Scott Street between Hilda and City Centre Drive 6:15-11:45 am

Bayview Drive between Scott and Burnside Avenue 6:15-11:45 am

Burnside Avenue between Bayview and Parkdale 6:15-11:45 am

Parkdale between Burnside and Sir John A MacDonald Parkway 6:15-11:45 am

Columbine closed between Goldenrod and Parkdale 6:15-11:45 am

Tunney’s Pasture Parkway southbound between Columbine and Yarrow 6:15-11:45 am

Yarrow closed between Tunney’s Pasture and Goldenrod 6:15-11:45 am

Goldenrod between Yarrow and Sir John A MacDonald Parkway 6:15-11:45 am

Sir John A Macdonald Parkway between Booth and Island Park 6:15 am-12:15 pm

Chaudiere Bridge between Wellington and Alexandre-Taché 7:00 am-1:00 pm

Eddy Street between Booth and Wright 7:00 am-1:00 pm

Laurier Street eastbound between Maisonneuve and Eddy 7:00-11:30 am

Alexandre-Taché between Eddy and Montcalm 7:00 am-12:45 pm

Alexandre-Taché between Montcalm and Scott 7:00-10:45 am

Scott between Alexandre-Taché and Graham 7:00-11:00 am

Lac des Fées between Graham and Alummetieres 7:00-11:00 am

St Jean Bosco between Lac des Fées and Lois 7:00-11:15 am

Lois between St. Jean Bosco and Montcalm 7:00-11:30 am

Montcalm southbound lanes between St. Joseph and Papineau 7:00-11:30 am

Montcalm between Papineau and Wellington 7:00-11:30 am

Montcalm between Wellington and Taché 7:00 am-12:45 pm

Wellington between Montcalm and Eddy 7:00 am-12:45 pm

Promenade du Portage between Eddy and Hôtel de Ville 7:00 am-12:45 pm

Hôtel de Ville between Promenade du Portage and Laurier 7:00 am-12:45 pm

Laurier between Hotel de Ville and des Allumettières 7:00 am-1:15 pm

Alexandra Bridge 6:45 am-1:30 pm

St Patrick between Parent and Sussex 6:00 am-1:30 pm

Sussex Drive between Rideau and George Étienne Cartier Parkway 6:00 am-1:45 pm

George Étienne Cartier Parkway between Princess and Aviation Parkway 6:45 am-1:30 pm

Princess between Sussex Drive and Lisgar Road 6:45 am-1:30 pm

Lisgar Road between Princess and George Etienne Cartier Parkway 6:45 am-1:30 pm

Birch between Sandridge and Hemlock 6:45 am-12:45 pm

Sandridge between Birch and St. Laurent Blvd. 6:45 am-1:00 pm

St. Laurent southbound between Sandridge and Arundel 6:45 am-1:00 pm 

Braemar closed between Arundel and Eastbourne 6:45 am-1:00 pm

Eastbourne closed between Braemar and Birch 6:45 am-1:00 pm

Hemlock westbound between St Laurent and Lansdowne 6:45 am-1:00 pm

Beechwood westbound between Lansdowne and Acacia 6:45 am-1:00 pm

Beechwood one lane westbound between Acacia and Crichton 6:45 am-1:15 pm

Crichton northbound between Beechwood and Dufferin 6:45 am-1:15 pm

Dufferin between Stanley and Crichton 6:45 am-1:15 pm

Stanley between Dufferin and Sussex 6:45 am-1:30 pm

Colonel By Drive from Rideau to Hawthorne Ave. 6:00 am-2:00 pm

Pretoria Bridge 6:30 am-2:00 pm

Full Weekend Road Closures 

Queen Elizabeth Driveway between Laurier Avenue and Somerset

8:00am. Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29 inclusive includes Laurier Avenue east off ramp and controlled exit and access to National Arts Centre (specific exit and entrance requirements to and from Lawrence Frieman Drive post performance and delivery via the Laurier Avenue off ramp have been negotiated between ORW and the National Arts Centre).

Ottawa Race Weekend Wrap-Up

This is going to be a very exciting weekend in Ottawa. If you're looking to cheer on participants head down on Saturday or Sunday. To those who are running this weekend, GOOD LUCK. 

Written by Nic Hamre. 

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