A New Half Marathon in Ottawa

A few weeks back I was surprised to find out that a couple of runs in Somersault’s extensive race series had been cancelled.  One was their Day Before Mother’s Day Race, which had distances of 1k, 3k, 5k, 10k and half marathon.  I had planned on doing either the half or the 10 so was a little disappointed that the event would not be held.

I was happy to learn, however, that Somersault has now added a women’s half marathon to their very popular “Emilie’s Run 5k” in June.  The race is memory of Emilie Mondor, who was killed in a car accident in 2006.  Emilie was the first Canadian woman to run sub 15:00 for 5K and was also an Athens’ Olympian.  In past years this event had only the women’s 5k race and a kids’ 1k event.  I think it is a great idea to add the half marathon, a distance that the organizers note is the fastest growing distance of choice for female runners.  As far as I know this is the only “women only” half marathon in Ottawa.  I just might have to pencil  June 21 into my race calendar!

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3 thoughts on “A New Half Marathon in Ottawa

  1. Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby.

    I was super sad that I had to pull out of Emilie’s Run last year because of a scheduling conflict. I love that race!

    I think that I am going to register for the 5K still – at that point we will just be finished the Ottawa Run Weekend Half and I start marathon training July 1st, so I think this will be my 5K PB attempt/the attempt to go sub-25.

    1. kristi Post author

      After reading my post my husband noted that Emilie’s Run is the same weekend of the half marathon in Vancouver I want to run. Ahhh, too many races, too little time. At least I know I have a back up race if we don’t end up heading west.


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