Runners rally to support patient care and research at The Ottawa Hospital

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As thousands of runners descended on downtown Ottawa this weekend, hundreds of them dedicated their race experience to supporting patient care and research at The Ottawa Hospital.

As a part of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, individuals and teams pulled together to Run for a Reason. Each person had their own area of The Ottawa Hospital which they were raising funds for: cancer care and research, ALS research, or Parkinson’s research just to name a few. Both runners and walkers tackled the 2k, 5k, 10k on Saturday and the half marathon and marathon on Sunday, all to show their dedication to The Ottawa Hospital and improving health care in eastern Ontario.

Tim Kluke, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, says it really is a special day for hundreds of supporters of The Ottawa Hospital. “Each person who registers for Run for a Reason has their own story to tell. They are participating because of an experience in their life while in the care of The Ottawa Hospital, whether it was a family member, friend or perhaps even themselves. They worked for many months, fundraising and training, and this weekend they have a chance to celebrate with this great experience at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.”

Thanks to the efforts of 825 runners, Run for a Reason raised $310,386 this year. The money will go to designated areas of The Ottawa Hospital, as requested by the individuals.

Run for a Reason is an official charity of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, with the largest average dollars per fundraising runner.

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals, with more than 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff members and an annual budget of about $1.2 billion.

Our focus on learning and research helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care.

From the compassion of our people to the relentless pursuit of new discoveries, The Ottawa Hospital never stops seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges. For more information about The Ottawa Hospital visit


Media Contact: Shelley McLean, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation;; 613-798-5555 x 19816; 613-324-4466 (cell)