Ottawa Race Weekend

Ottawa Race Weekend is attracting thousands of runners and their reasons for running are endless. For many, lacing up means more than just crossing the finish line, it means making a difference. These men, women, and children are lacing up because someone matters to them and that someone has, or will one day, need medical care. That's why they've chosen to lace up in support of The Ottawa Hospital.
When 146 runners lined up under sunny skies at Carleton University for the first Ottawa Marathon on May 25, 1975, organizers believed they were staging a one-time affair. Few would have thought that almost 30 years later, organizers would be celebrating one of Canada's oldest major marathons boasting not hundreds, but thousands of competitors. Braving cold temperatures (-8°C in 1996) or hot weather (28°C in 1993), the marathon has grown in size and popularity.
In later years an important fundraising component was added to the race and runners were encouraged to raise pledges for various charities. To date, the Ottawa Race Weekend has raised over 3.5 million dollars for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, benefiting the Breast Cancer Centre and the new Prostate Centre. Many other changes and additions, including the Health and Fitness Expo, the move to a one-loop marathon course through downtown Ottawa, and of course the growing support from the running community, have all contributed to the Race Weekend’s rich history and helped to make it what it is today.
National Capital Marathon (NCM)
An important element in National Capital Marathon Inc.'s (NCM) corporate responsibility is its commitment to the community. NCM Inc. demonstrates this commitment by instituting an annual Community Spirit Award. The recognition comes with a $1500 bursary to invest in community projects for registered cheering zones.
Cheering Stations are an important element in marathon running. At 30 -36 KM, many marathon runners "hit the wall," or reach a point at which their bodies have run low on glycogen. Glycogen is the material that supplies energy during endurance-type activities. Once it's depleted, the runners "go flat" - they're out of gas, their legs don't want to move anymore and their bodies are telling them to give it up. At that point, they must use all their willpower to finish. Many runners appreciate any encouragement they can get, and some runners find the cheers essential for finishing the race. A marathon takes dedication.
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