Williamstown’s Wendell Lafave, a marathoner who’s completed runs in every Canadian province, every U.S. state, and many other places around the world (including Antarctica), finished the Ottawa Virtual Marathon on Sunday.
The event was organized following last month’s cancellation of Race Weekend in the nation’s capital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Ottawa Marathon is a popular course for many from our region, with some using it as a qualifier for the storied Boston Marathon. The Boston run, along with the St. Lawrence Marathon (Cornwall) are among other 2020 events that have been cancelled.
As described on the Ottawa Virtual Marathon website, organizers have chosen to go virtual this year, extending the participation opportunity through to September 7.
“CANADA’S BIGGEST MARATHON WEEKEND HAS GONE VIRTUAL!”
Athletes are encouraged to “run your race at your pace while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines provided by your local public health agencies … Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend 2020 participants will receive all the amenities of a live, in-person event: a customizable race bib, commemorative finisher medal and T-shirt, option to upload finish times to the Sportstats results platform, plus a few surprises from our event partners.”
Participants will also receive a 50 percent entry fee reduction for the 2021 run, which hopefully will return to the streets of Ottawa.
In addition to the marathon distance, there are shorter runs available (half marathon, 10 km, 5 km, 2 km), as well as a kids run of 1.2 km.