Well that didn’t take long. It looks like my spring marathon in 2015 will be the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon on May 24.
Ottawa is where I ran my very first marathon back in 2010. It’s also a great weekend-long celebration of running. There are various distance events on both Saturday and Sunday and it feels like all of Ottawa gets involved.
Ottawa is a great destination race choice for runners in Southern Ontario. For me, it means I can run somewhere other than Toronto but not break the bank since it’s not too far away and easy to get to by car.
With the race happening on May 24th, it also means the training schedule gets pushed back a few weeks compared to Toronto, Mississauga and Vancouver and that means (I hope) fewer long Sunday miles logged in the dead of winter!
IAAF Gold Road Race
The other big news that got me off the fence was that the Ottawa 10k that happens on Saturday evening during the Race Weekend was awarded Gold label standard by the International Amateur Athletic Federation. This is huge news both for the Ottawa Race Weekend, and also for road racing in Canada.
The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon is already an IAAF Silver label race, joining the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon that also earned that distinction for the last few years.
For Canada to have a Gold label race is amazing. It means that Ottawa will be able to attract top talent to run the 10km and puts Ottawa on the map as a world-class race destination.
Ottawa joins Prague, Manchester and San Juan as Gold label 10km race hosts.
Let the training begin!