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HIGH ACHIEVERS: Ottawa Race Weekend opening registration Oct. 18 for another 5,000 runners

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Stay-Safe Edition
Keeping Local Sport Spirit High During the Pandemic

By Martin Cleary

Ready. Set. Go.

Don’t start running just yet. But do hurry to your laptop, phone or another social media device to take part in Phase 2 of registration for the 2022 Ottawa Race Weekend.

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Stay-Safe Edition has learned Ottawa Race Weekend officials will open their second registration window on Monday, Oct. 18, to welcome back runners for a variety of races scheduled May 28-29.

Race officials have received permission from health authorities to register a second group of 5,000 runners and walkers for Canada’s largest running festival.

Here is the registration link:

In the second week of September, officials were allowed to register 5,000 runners and walkers for the marathon, half marathon, kids’ marathon, three challenges and races over 10 kilometres, five kilometres and two kilometres. Those spots were sold out quickly.

In the past, Ottawa Race Weekend has registered almost 50,000 participants for one year. Participation numbers have dropped in recent years, and the weekend of racing was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For each of the past two years, Ottawa Race Weekend has been staged as a virtual event held over several weeks.

Martin Cleary has written about amateur sports for 49 years. A past Canadian sportswriter of the year and Ottawa Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement in Sport Media honouree, Martin retired from full-time work at the Ottawa Citizen in 2012, but continued to write a bi-weekly “High Achievers” column for the Citizen/Sun.

When the pandemic struck, Martin created the “Stay-Safe Edition” to provide some positive news during tough times, via his Twitter account at first and now here at

Martin can be reached by e-mail at and on Twitter @martincleary.

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