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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

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

Ian Fraser is brimming over with pleasure concerning the inventions coming at this 12 months’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 10Ok, the new govt director of Run Ottawa is on a undertaking to make Canada’s largest working match higher than it’s ever been.

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Run a marathon with your mates, relay-style

New in 2019, the marathon relay is only one of the new options Fraser will get to introduce in 2020. An ideal possibility for many who love the speculation of shifting as much as the marathon however both aren’t positive they’re able for a complete marathon or simply can’t make the learning occur this iciness, the relay permits you to and 3 of your absolute best working pals reach it in combination, working legs of somewhat over 10Ok every. “If you might have an ordinary team, what a good chance–you’re already working 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 proscribed to 50 groups (200 individuals altogether) in its first 12 months, since Fraser is dedicated to creating positive it’s a good fortune (which means that having a manageable quantity of individuals). Runners shall be shuttled to and from the transition issues, which shall be at visually attention-grabbing issues at the route. “There are no wastelands,” says Fraser. “We sought after to ensure in the beginning crack that we do a very good match and can keep watch over the main points… We need to get other people again and forth, ensure that they’re smartly sorted… and that they’re having a fantastic time.”

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Instead of a baton, every relay runner will put on a belt preserving 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 group spots are already greater than 98 in step with cent bought, so when you’re considering of coming 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 combinations are an effective way to make it profitable for out-of-towners to trip to Ottawa for Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Ottawa has had nice good fortune with its Voyageur Challenge (the 5K and 10Ok on Saturday and the half-marathon on Sunday) and Lumberjack Challenge (the 2K, 5K and 10Ok on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday), which have been offered in 2017. Now there’s a new one–the Bytown Challenge, which contains the 3 Saturday races (2K, 5K and 10Ok) handiest–so you’ll run 3 brief, rapid races in in the future, plan a a laugh night time out and sleep in on Sunday. (And then spectate the marathon ahead of you force house, if that’s your jam.)

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

Finish line improvements

Fraser additionally experiences that there shall 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 shrunk with the Motigo app, which we could runners listen their very own cheers and mantras of their earbuds on race day. There’s additionally a marvel deliberate for the end line that Fraser isn’t giving for free till race day. All of those improvements are assured to make the player revel in “unbelievably awesome.” 

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

The adjustments don’t seem to be only a subject of Fraser looking 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 ahead of that). The numbers are down–having peaked at 48,000 with the development’s 40th anniversary in 2014, the group feels that a renewed emphasis at the runner revel in may just flip issues round. And having run each the marathon and the 10Ok and paced the marathon a couple of instances, Fraser is aware of what works (and what works higher). As he mentioned in a CBC interview upon his appointment closing 12 months, “It might not be practical 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 improbable.”

There’s no query that Fraser will transfer mountains to get there. While it’ll look like the whole thing in his lifestyles used to be main against this new journey, the best way he talks concerning the adjustments he needed to make to take the activity, he would possibly were 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 motorcycle store he opened in 2002, in addition to his pastime 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 check in for races.


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