John Halvorsen


Athlete : Runner
Year Inducted: 2019
Date of Birth: August 17, 1966
Born in: Norway,

Olympic athlete

John Halvorsen has a distinguished record as a long-distance runner. Halvorsen completed in the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he finished sixteenth in the 10,000 m, twelfth at the 1990 European Championships and nineteenth at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Halvorsen won several Canadian 10K Road Championships, and is a record 4-time Canadian University (CIAU) Cross Country Champion and a 5-time all-Canadian as well as two-time Canadian Cross Country Champion. He won several major US Road Races and was the 1989 Runner’s World Road Racer of the Year.

Halvorsen is currently President of Run Ottawa and Race Director of Canada’s largest running event, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend featuring the IAAF Gold Label Ottawa Marathon and IAAF Gold Label Ottawa 10K, one of only four IAAF Gold Label 10Ks in the world. Halvorsen held the Ottawa 10K course record for 20 years (28:12 set in 1988).. Halvorsen has also served as a board member of Athletics Canada, as Chair of the Athletics Canada, Run Canada Committee, and as volunteer coach at Nakkertok Nordic.

Personal best times:

  • 5,000 metre distance (5K): 13:20.44
  • 10,000 metre distance (10K): 27:43.34
  • Marathon: 2:17.47