Ottawa Race Weekend 2024

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is here! May 25th - 26th is Ottawa Race Weekend. All the action from Ottawa's best runners will be taking place this weekend. This is an awesome event for runners, walkers and even spectators looking to cheer on this year's participants. This article will break down the schedule for 2024, talk about some of the fun events, and tell the story of Ottawa Race Weekend 2024. 

50 Years of Running in Ottawa

This year marks the 50th Ottawa Marathon being run. This race began in May 1975 and has been a staple in the Ottawa calendar ever since. The first race saw under 200 participants but has grown into one the largest mass participation events in the country. this year an estimated 100,000 participants will be in attendance to cheer on our runners. Be a part of this excellent event that showcases Ottawa on an international stage. Many news and media personalities will be there to document the event and witness the very best that our city has to offer. 

Qualify For The Boston Marathon

One of the reasons why Ottawa is such an important race is because it is considered one of the top races to qualify for the Boston Marathon. To run in the Boston Marathon runners must complete  a race that is accredited by USA Track and Field, Association for International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), or a national governing body for distance running for the country in which the race is held. Ottawa is a race that has been credited and confirmed to be valid for qualifying. Racers must qualify based on their category. Categories exist for age ranges as well as for men, women, and non-binary runners. Keep an eye out for runners looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon as this will be a significant day for them as they chase their goal. Ottawa is not far from Boston and will attract manny runners from surrounding areas making this an international affair with out-of-town marathoners looking to set personal records and run after their dreams. 

Events For Runners + Non-Runners

Health & Fitness Expo

The Health and Fitness Expo takes place at the Aberdeen Pavillion in Lansdowne Park at 1000 Exhibition Way. This is the largest Health and Fitness Expo in Canada and will feature exhibitors from all over North America. This event is free to enter and open to the public. Drop by to see some new and exciting products in the Health and Fitness Space and explore various exhibitions. The Expo is also the location where runners will be picking up their race kits on the day of competition. 

Kichesippi Beer Garden

This might be the true highlight event of the weekend. 

Local craft beer makers Kichesippi Beer Co. will be serving post run beverages in the Kichesippi Beer Garden in Festival Plaza. This is the perfect place to celebrate crossing the finish line and cathing up with friends and family after the race. There will be several craft beer tents, food trucks, Domino's Pizza and Maverick's Donuts all available at Festival Plaza! 

Participants in the Tartan Ottawa International Marathon, Ottawa Half Marathon presented by Desjardins, the Ottawa 10K presented by Otto’s Ottawa receive a free beer after their race! Beer tickets are found on participant race bibs, and can be redeemed at the Kichesippi Beer kiosk.

Ottawa Race Weekend 2024 Schedule

Location: 110 Laurier Ave W.

Saturday, May 25

Ottawa Kids Marathon presented by Maverick’s Donuts – 2:00 p.m.

Ottawa 2K presented by ASICS Runkeeper  – 3:00 p.m.

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Ottawa 5K presented by ASICS Runkeeper  – 4:00 p.m.

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Ottawa 10K presented by Otto’s Ottawa  – 6:30 p.m.

Please note the elite women’s 10K begins at 6:15 pm

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Sunday May 26

Tartan Ottawa International Marathon – 7:00 a.m.

Ottawa Half Marathon presented by Desjardins  – 8:30 a.m.

Road Closures

Information below is subject to change.

Friday, May 24-Sunday May 26, 2024
Queen Elizabeth Drive from Laurier to Somerset 8:00 am Friday – 8:00 pm Sunday
SATURDAY, MAY 25th 2024
Laurier Avenue between Metcalfe and Nicholas 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Elgin Street northbound between Lisgar and Slater 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Elgin Street between Catherine and Queen Elizabeth Drive 3:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Elgin Street southbound between Wellington and Laurier 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Elgin Street northbound, between Laurier and Wellington 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Elgin Street between Lisgar and Gladstone 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Elgin Street between Lisgar and Catherine 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Frank Street between Elgin and Queen Elizabeth Drive 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Laurier Street between Elgin and Metcalfe 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
O’Connor between Laurier and Wellington 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Wellington between Bank and MacKenzie/Colonel By Drive eastbound 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Lakeside 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lakeview 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bronson southbound between Lakeside and Colonel By Drive 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (lane reductions)
Colonel By Drive between Daly and Hawthorne 2:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Colonel By Drive between Hawthorne and Bronson 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hawthorne between Colonel By Drive and Main 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Pretoria Bridge 3:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Queen Elizabeth Drive between Somerset and Elgin 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Queen Elizabeth Drive between Elgin and Preston 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
View Saturday’s detailed interactive map.
SUNDAY, MAY 26th 2024
Laurier Avenue between Elgin St and Metcalfe Ave 5:00 am – 10:00 am
Laurier Avenue between Nicholas St and Elgin St 5:00 am – 3:00 pm
Queen Elizabeth Drive between Lawrence Frieman & Laurier Ave 5:00 am – 6:00 pm
Queen Elizabeth Drive between Elgin St and Somerset West 6:00 am – 2:30 pm
Queen Elizabeth Drive between Preston and Elgin 6:00 am – 10:45 am
Elgin St north bound between Lisgar and Wellington St 5:00 am – 11:30 am
Elgin St between Somerset and Lisgar 8:00 am – 9:15 am
Somerset West between Elgin and Queen Elizabeth Drive 8:00 am – 9:15 am
Colonel By Drive between Rideau St and Pretoria Bridge 6:00 am – 2:30 pm
Pretoria Bridge 6:00 am – 2:30 pm
Hawthorne Ave between Colonel By Drive and Main St 6:00 am – 2:30 pm
Preston between Carling Ave and Queen Elizabeth Drive 6:00 am – 10:30 am
NCC Scenic Driveway Between Prince of Wales and Tunis Ave 6:00 am – 11:00 am
Prince of Wales Drive between Queen Elizabeth Drive and Baseline Rd 6:00 am – 11:00 am
Morningside Lane Between Queen Elizabeth Drive and Cow Lane 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Cow Lane between Morningside Lane and Ash Lane 6:00 am – 11:30am
Ash lane between Cow Lane and Winding Lane 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Winding Lane between Ash Lane and Maple Drive 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Maple Drive between Winding Lane and Carling Ave 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Carling Ave between Parkdale and Sherwood 7:00 am – 11:30 am
Old Irving Private between Carling Ave and Sherwood Dr. 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Sherwood Drive between Old Irving Private and Fairmont Ave 6:15 am – 11:30 am
Fairmont Avenue between Sherwood Dr and Wellington St. 6:15 am – 11:30 am
Gladstone Ave between St. Francis St. and Irving Ave 6:15 am – 11:30 am
Wellington St. between Merton St and Garland St 6:15 am – 11:30 am
Somerset St West between Garland St and Bayswater/Bayview station 6:15 am – 11:30 am
Bayview Station between Somerset St West and Stonehurst Ave 6:15 am – 11:45 am
Albert between City Center and Bayview Station 6:15 am – 11:45 am
Scott between Garland and Bayview Station 6:15 am – 11:45 am
Slidell between Bayview Station and Kitchi Zibi Mikan parkway 6:15 am – 12:15 am
Kitchi Zibi Mikan Parkway between Vimy Place and Island Park 6:15 am – 12:15 am
Booth St. between Albert St and Wellington St (local access only) 6:15 am – 12:15 am
Wellington St between Vimy Place and Rideau St (east bound only) 6:15 am – 12:15 am
Wellington Street eastbound between Elgin and Colonel By Drive 6:30 am – 2:00 pm
Rideau St westbound between Sussex Dr. and Mackenzie Ave 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
MacKenzie Ave between Rideau St and St Patrick St 6:30 am – 1:45 pm
St Patrick St between Parent Ave and Sussex Dr 6:00 am – 1:45 pm
Sussex Drive between Rideau St 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 Ave between Sussex Drive and Lisgar Road 6:45 am – 1:30 pm
Lisgar Road between Princess Ave and George Etienne Cartier Parkway 6:45 am – 1:30 pm
Sandridge Rd between Birch Ave and Hillsdale Rd 6:45 am – 12:30 pm
Hillsdale Rd 6:45 am – 12:30 pm
Cloverdale Rd 6:45 am – 12:30 pm
Mariposa Ave between Cloverdale Rd and Acacia 6:45 am – 12:30 pm
Acacia Ave between Mariposa and George Etienne Cartier Parkway 6:45 am – 12:30 pm

Ottawa Race Weekend

Ottawa Race Weekend is sure to be an exciting event that you will not want to miss. If you can find a good spot along the track, stop by and cheer on the runners. Ottawa is alive and this event is one of the big moments in a year that makes this city so exciting to live in. Best of luck to the participants and we hope to see you soon! Go Ottawa! 

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