Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend to host Canadian 10K Championships

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(ISN) – June 24, 2014 (OTTAWA) – Athletics Canada today announced the Tamarack Ottawa Race
Weekend as home to the Canadian 10K Championships beginning in May 2015. The Ottawa
10K is the only IAAF silver label 10K in Canada, and was ranked the top 10K race
in the world by All-Athletics.com in 2013.

“As Canada’s only IAAF sanctioned 10K event, we are very happy to host the Canadian
10K Championships in Ottawa. We look forward to seeing Canada’s top runners compete
on our fast 10K course next year.” – John Halvorsen, President of Run Ottawa and
Race Director of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

Canadian Championship races are open to all Athletics Canada members. First place
winners at the Canadian 10k Championships will not only receive the national title,
but they will be in contention to win a portion of the $9,000 Canadian-only prize
purse and of the $30,000 open prize purse.

“The Ottawa Race Weekend has always been an outstanding event and we look forward
to working with John and the organizing committee in ensuring the 10K Championships
provide a great experience and quality competition, it will be an excellent weekend
for everyone,” said Rob Guy, Chief Executive Officer, Athletics Canada. “Road running
is an important part of Athletics Canada’s long term vision, and a quality partner
like Ottawa Race Weekend allows us to demonstrate this.”

The 2015 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 23-24, 2015.

Key facts:

* Reid Coolsaet and Lanni Marchant won the 2013 Canadian 10K Championships held
at the Oasis ZooRun in Toronto.
* The Ottawa Marathon has hosted Athletics Canada’s Canadian Marathon Championships
for the past 10 years.
* Eric Gillis of Guelph, Ontario, and Rhiannon Johns of Sault Ste-Marie, Ontario,
won the 2014 Canadian Marathon Championships.
* The Canadian 10K Championships are a stop on the Timex National Road Race Series,
which consists of provincial series held throughout the year across the country.

“Hosting the National 10K Championships at the Ottawa 10k, will afford our top Canadian
athletes an unparalleled opportunity to earn a national title while competing against
the world’s best on one of the fastest courses in the world. I’m hoping this will
result in an even deeper Canadian field in the upcoming years.” – Manny Rodrigues,
Elite Athlete Coordinator, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend