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Ottawa’s new marathon relay and Bytown Challenge mark change of direction

Ottawa’s new marathon relay and Bytown Challenge mark change of direction

Ian Fraser is brimming over with pleasure in regards to the inventions coming at this yr’s Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (May 23 and 24, 2020). With two new race choices (the marathon relay and the Bytown Challenge), an implausible new finish-line video gadget and a new center of attention on Canadian elite athletes within the 10Okay, the new government director of Run Ottawa is on a project to make Canada’s greatest operating match higher than it’s ever been.

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Run a marathon with your pals, relay-style

New in 2019, the marathon relay is only one of the new options Fraser will get to introduce in 2020. A perfect possibility for many who love the speculation of transferring as much as the marathon however both aren’t certain they’re able for a complete marathon or simply can’t make the learning occur this wintry weather, the relay permits you to and 3 of your highest operating friends reach it in combination, operating legs of a bit over 10Okay every. “If you’ve an ordinary crew, what a superb opportunity–you’re already operating in combination on Sunday anyway, why now not do the relay?” says Fraser, who were given the speculation from the handful of different marathons around the nation that host a relay match, just like the Manitoba Marathon and the Blue Nose International Marathon

Ian Fraser
Ian Fraser. Photo: CBC

The relay is restricted to 50 groups (200 individuals altogether) in its first yr, since Fraser is dedicated to creating certain it’s a luck (because of this having a manageable quantity of individuals). Runners can be shuttled to and from the transition issues, which can be at visually fascinating issues at the route. “There are no wastelands,” says Fraser. “We sought after to ensure to start with crack that we do a very good match and can keep an eye on the main points… We must get other people again and forth, be certain they’re neatly taken care of… and that they’re having a fantastic time.”

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Instead of a baton, every relay runner will put on a belt keeping the race bib with embedded chip, which begins with the lead runner and will get passed from one runner to the following within the transition zone. The timing corporate Sportstats will arrange this, in order that transitions are clean and fast.

Those 50 marathon relay staff spots are already greater than 98 according to cent offered, so if you happen to’re considering of getting into, don’t waste any time.

Multi-Day Race Challenges
Photo: Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

Enjoy a complete day of racing with the Bytown Challenge

Race mixtures are a good way to make it profitable for out-of-towners to shuttle to Ottawa for Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Ottawa has had nice luck with its Voyageur Challenge (the 5K and 10Okay on Saturday and the half-marathon on Sunday) and Lumberjack Challenge (the 2K, 5K and 10Okay on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday), that have been offered in 2017. Now there’s a new one–the Bytown Challenge, which contains the 3 Saturday races (2K, 5K and 10Okay) best–so you’ll be able to run 3 quick, speedy races in someday, plan a amusing night time out and sleep in on Sunday. (And then spectate the marathon sooner than you power house, if that’s your jam.)

Ian Fraser's dog
Fraser’s Great Dane-rottweiler-retriever combine, Winnie, who accompanies him to paintings on a daily basis. Photo: courtesy of Ian Fraser

Finish line improvements

Fraser additionally reviews that there can be a “wicked-looking and fantastically awesome” video gadget on the marathon/half-marathon end line, with columns wrapped in video displays on every aspects from 30 metres out. The displays will push pictures, effects and different cool content material, and Run Ottawa has gotten smaller with the Motigo app, which shall we runners listen their very own cheers and mantras of their earbuds on race day. There’s additionally a wonder deliberate for the end line that Fraser isn’t giving freely till race day. All of those improvements are assured to make the player enjoy “unbelievably awesome.” 

Ian Fraser
Ian Fraser in his triathlon days. Photo: courtesy of Ian Fraser

The adjustments aren’t only a topic of Fraser seeking to put his stamp on Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend after taking on from John Halvorsen, who’d had the activity formally since 2013 (and as an unpaid volunteer for a few years sooner than that). The numbers are down–having peaked at 48,000 with the development’s 40th anniversary in 2014, the group feels renewed emphasis at the runner enjoy may flip issues round. And having run each the marathon and the 10Okay and paced the marathon a couple of occasions, Fraser is aware of what works (and what works higher). As he stated in a CBC interview upon his appointment closing yr, “It will not be reasonable to pray to get again as much as 48,000 other people, however to do an implausible activity with 35,000 or 40,000 can be fantastic.”

There’s no query that Fraser will transfer mountains to get there. While it will appear to be the entirety in his lifestyles used to be main against this new journey, the way in which he talks in regards to the adjustments he needed to make to take the activity, he would possibly had been describing a midlife disaster. A former professional triathlete and longtime a hit Ottawa industry proprietor within the athletic area, Fraser needed to surrender the Hintonburg motorbike store he opened in 2002, in addition to his hobby in a triathlon corporate he’d run since 2015, for each moral and sensible causes. “I blew up my life,” Fraser says. “And I mean that in a good way.”

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Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend takes position May 23 and 24, 2020. Click right here for more info and to sign in for races.


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