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The Ottawa 10K strikes gold label status

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Elite athlete Mary Keitany of Kenya crossed the finish and claimed gold at the Ottawa 10K last May.

Recently announced as the venue for the 2015 Canadian 10K Championships, the Ottawa 10K, one of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend’s signature events has achieved the gold label standard from the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF). As the highest standard awarded by the international governing body of running, races awarded the Gold label have met a strict criteria including the caliber of elite runners, scope of media coverage and logistical execution of the event.

As the first road race in Canada to achieve this standard, the Ottawa 10K becomes one of only four 10K races worldwide to be awarded this prestigious status. What does this mean for the Ottawa Race Weekend? According to John Halverson, president of Run Ottawa and race director of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, achieving the gold standard, “puts Ottawa on the map as a destination for amateur and elite runners looking for a world-class running experience.” With the 30th running of the Ottawa 10K happening May 23, 2015, as part of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, organizers are looking ahead, aiming to take the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon from its current Silver label to Gold label status.

Find out more about what the IAAF’s labelling system means for Canadian runners in our recent interview with John Halverson.

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