Mark Sutcliffe, The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa has a healthy running community, perhaps the strongest in Canada. No matter the weather or the time of day, it’s almost impossible to go for a run on a major road or path without encountering another runner coming in the opposite direction.Unlike Toronto, which is engaged in a divisive debate about its two marathons three weeks apart, Ottawa has one strong annual running festival and weekend of races that unites runners, is celebrated by the city and is supported by thousands of volunteers. We also have a series of smaller successful events that engage the community and raise funds for important charities.
Next year, the community may get even stronger, thanks to a behind-the-scenes move that will streamline leadership and further unite runners and volunteers. A few months ago, the National Capital Runners Association and Ottawa Race Weekend merged to form the Run Ottawa Club.
Ottawa Race Weekend will continue to be the club’s marquee event, but now all of the events that the NCRA used to operate — from the Richmond Road Races next month to the Cookie Run in November — will be managed by the Run Ottawa Club staff.
To read the full article, go to: Area running getting stronger