Canada can now lay claim to having two of five International Associations of Athetics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label Marathons in North America.
The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon was awarded Gold Label status today by the IAAF and joins the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon as IAAF Gold Label races. The Toronto race earned IAAF Gold Label status last year.
The Gold Label is awarded when a race meets a long list of criteria set out by the IAAF. Those criteria include things like the having a high quality course, live international TV or livestreamed video coverage of the race and also the quality of the elite field.
The Ottawa 10km was awarded IAAF Gold Label status starting with the 2015 race. The addition of an IAAF Gold Label for the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon this spring means that the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will have two Gold Label events. Only one other city in the world, Lisbon, has two IAAF Gold Label races on the same weekend.
Race Weekend is an Economic Boon for Ontario and Ottawa
Run Ottawa also revealed the the 2015 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend generated $34.4 million in economic activity for the Province of Ontario. That figure includes $23.1 in economic activity for the City of Ottawa, including 198 jobs.
It’s expected that nearly 50,000 runners will participate in the 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend May 28-29, 2016.