“Ottawa Marathon: 45 Years Running” celebrates a world-class event
On May 25, 1975 a shot rang out on the campus of Carleton University. A mad scramble ensued as 146 runners took to the streets and with that, the Ottawa Marathon was born. The rest, as they say, is history… and now, that history is chronicled in impressive detail at a new local exhibit.
The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the launch of its newest exhibition “Ottawa Marathon: 45 Years Running”. Produced in collaboration with the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and Ottawa Archives, an assortment of fascinating displays trace the evolution of the race from its early days as a small, grassroots event into a world class showcase of running, walking and rolling, attracting athletes from across Canada and around the world. Over the last four and half decades more than 150,000 people have participated in the race, which has also raised millions of dollars for local charities and injected millions more into the local economy.
“The community impact of the Ottawa Marathon across 45 years is extremely impressive”, said Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame Chairman Dave Best. “So we are thrilled to be able to showcase the history and heritage of this world-class event. This is the first of what we hope will be many targeted exhibits aimed at bringing more visitors to the Hall”.
The exhibit, which contains a spectacular array of artifacts, photos, videos, and relics collected since 1975, will run until October of 2019. “We’re very proud of the evolution of the Ottawa Marathon”, says Race Director John Halvorsen, “so we’re grateful for the opportunity, in our 45th year, to showcase some of our many, many special moments in the Hall of Fame.”
Halvorsen is one of five local sports icons who will be inducted into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame in 2019. He will be honoured at the official ceremony on May 31, along with former Ottawa Senator Chris Phillips, wheelchair basketball star Chantal Benoit, prolific community coach Richard Desclouds, and the 1968 and 1969 Ottawa Rough Riders. Limited tickets are still available for this event at ottawasporthalloffame.com.
Media are invited to attend the official opening of the exhibit on Wednesday, April 17 at 12noon in the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame ( Heritage Building at City Hall ). Special guests include Mayor Jim Watson, Sport Commissioner Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa Marathon Race Director John Halvorsen and winner of the 1975 race, Eleanor Thomas.
About the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame
Officially founded in 1968, the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, which documents, curates and celebrates outstanding achievement in local sport heritage. The Sport Hall of Fame is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, which works in close partnership with the City of Ottawa to maintain and preserve our rich sporting legacies. Each year, the Hall of Fame Board receives nominations from the public, and selects new inductees to be represented in the Hall. The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is located in the Heritage Building at City Hall. It contains artifacts, photographs and memorabilia honouring our sporting heritage, as well as commemorative plaques honouring more than 275 inductees.
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