Affordable races in and around Ottawa

I have been running for the past 24 years. I used to be really competitive in my teens and still enjoy to racing and watching others race. I ran my first marathon in 2001 and haven’t ran one since. I remember thinking to myself during the race that I would never run one again but I plan to do the MEC half in November. Should be a fun and challenging one since it will take place in Gatineau Park. To prepare for the run I plan to do a few races before then and found a few that are affordable and even free!

1. MEC Races

These races are chip timed, included draw prizes and 10% in store discount on race weekend with your bib. The races are only $15 for races 15km or less, $20 for half-marathon and $25 for full marathon. Awesome!

MEC Ottawa Race 5 – 5km / 10km – Wesley Clover Parks
Sunday, 13 July, 2014

MEC Ottawa Race 6 – 5km / 10km / 15km – Rideau Carleton Raceway
Sunday, 07 September, 2014

 MEC Ottawa Race 7 – Fall Classic – marathon, half marathon, 5K – Gatineau Park (super excited for this one!)
Saturday, 01 November, 2014

2. The Hintonburg Centennial 5k/1k run/walk

A fundraiser for the Hintonburg Community Association
Sunday 13 July 2014

  • Chip-timing by Raceday Timing Services
  • Free high-resolution race photo downloads by In My Sights Photography
  • Post-race refreshments
  • On-course water stations
  • $20 registration for 13-and-over, free for under-13
  • Free T-shirt to first 275 registered 5k participants

I have ran this one before and it’s lots of fun and well organized.

3. Beaver Chase Running Series Presented by Bushtukah

Tuesdays – June 10, July 8 and August 14th
The Beaver Chase Series was initiated in 1994 to give runners of all ages and abilities an opportunity to participate in a spring/summer low key event. 2 and 6km distances.
$5 for 15 years of age or older or $2 for youth 14 years and under.

4. Satuday 5K Run Series

June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4 and December 6
Scenic route held on the roads and pathways within the Central Experimental Farm north of the Scenic Driveway between Carling Avenue and Prince of Wales Drive.  There is no charge, washrooms are available close to the site and they usually have some random prizes.

5. The Jim Howe Memorial Run Ottawa Cross Country

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I have been wanting to do this one for years but the timing hasn’t been right. Maybe this will be the year!
5.5 km and 11 km cross country race through the woods at the Hornet’s Nest in memory of Jim Howe, who passed away in 1996. Jim was a long time National Capital Runners Association member, a respected figure in the running community and instrumental in helping establish the Carleton Sports Medicine Clinic.

Run Ottawa Club members: $17, Non Members: $22
Race Day – Sunday, October 19th – $30 for those 20 years and older
Youth 19 years and under – $10 at all times

Let me know if I missed any. I would love to include them!

3 Replies to “Affordable races in and around Ottawa”

  1. Jason

    It’s already past for this year, but the Diefenbooker Classic has both running and cycling events out in Carp at the end of April/beginning of May and all entries are $30. It raises money for the West Carleton Branches of the Ottawa Public Library. It’s at

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