This past weekend I participated in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. I ran the 10k which is the only IAAF Gold Label 10k event in Canada and one of only four in the world. I didn’t know when I registered that I would be running behind some of the fastest runners in the world. Wow were they impressive!
The whole weekend was well organized filled with entertainment, food, and lots of activities. There were several days available for packet pick up which was very well organized. Friday afternoon there was no wait. The expo was hopping and filled with some great vendors. I found a new favorite shirt and some gear for race day. The outfit is from RunGirlRun, I LOVED the skirt/capri set btw. I also decided to try out an arm band from Auria which is by far my favorite way to carry my phone now.
I put together a new playlist for the run and I was really pleased with the mix. If you have Spotify you can scan the bar code to listen to the whole playlist. Just tap the camera in the search bar.
Most Girls – Hailee Steinfeld
Issues – Alan Walker Remix
Dance the Night Away – Philip Cecil & Jonas McDonnell
Nevada – Vicetone & Cozi Zuehlsdorff
Don’t You Feel It – Sub Focus & ALMA
Craving for More – Stash Konig
Pretty Girls – Maggie Lindemann, CAD & Cheat Codes
Whatcha Need – W&W
Love On Me – Galantis, Hook N Sling, & CID
Blue – Eiffel 65
History – Olivia Holt
Call On Me – Starley & Ryan Riback
Let Me Love You – DJ Snake & Justin Bieber
Light It Up – Major Lazer, Nyla, & Fuse ODG
The races were spread out on both Saturday and Sunday so it wasn’t hard to find parking and make our way to the race events. There was a bag check and lot’s to keep you busy if you got there early.
They weren’t checking corals, it seemed as though everyone was honest about their starting point. Several of us didn’t even have an assignment, we were able to choose our coral. There were pacers in each coral if you want to stick to a certain time. I started out with the :75 pacer but lost distance about a mile in. The path was wonderful and mostly flat, just 1 semi steep hill. There were 3 water stops but weren’t spread out evenly which I wish they had been.
I had a pretty good race. Pushed myself a little too much in the beginning and struggled at the end. But I crossed the finish line just the same. It was so nice to have so many people on the side line cheering us on, even those of us in the way back. Best part as always, the bling! I love that many of the Canadian race medals this year are honoring Canada’s 150th.
There were tons of photographers along the course. A few days after the race we were sent a link to our photos and could choose from a few different photo packages.
My next race is the virtual Pledge the Pink Half Marathon June 23rd & 24th! Proceeds of each registration go to the American Cancer Foundation.