National Capital Marathon
, or Ottawa Race Weekend, is one of Canada's
. It is held in the city of Ottawa
. The 42.195 kilometres event features many races, including: the MDS Nordion 5K Run/Walk, the MDS Nordion 10K Run/Walk, the ING Ottawa Marathon Walk, the ING Marathon Inline Skate, the ING Half-Marathon Inline Skate, the ING Ottawa Marathon, the ING Ottawa Half Marathon Run/Walk, and the ING Family 2K Run/Walk.
Starting from 1975, the event has grown over the years. It now attracts thousands of participants and over 38,000 runners took part in the racing weekend in 2010.. IAAF
(2010-05-31). Retrieved on 2010-06-01.
The ING Ottawa Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon
and is also used for the Canadian Masters Marathon Championship and the Canadian Forces Running Championships.
The Marathon route begins at Ottawa City Hall
, then goes north on Elgin Street
and then west on Wellington Street
and then crosses the Ottawa River
via the Chaudiere Bridge
, it then travels through downtown Hull, Quebec
north several kilometers before turning south to downtown Hull again, crossing the Alexandra Bridge
into Ottawa, then it goes north east along Sussex Drive
into Rockcliffe Park
and New Edinburgh
before turning back along Sussex, then south along Colonel By Drive
until Hog's Back Falls
where it turns left to Riverside Drive, left again over the historic Heron Road Bridge
, north along Prince of Wales Drive
, and beside the......