News - 27th September 2018
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Introducing…Orleans parkrun, Ottawa!

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On September 29, 2018 a new event will join the parkrun Canada family – Orleans parkrun, Ottawa. Orleans is a suburb located in the eastern part of the city along the Ottawa River, about 16 km from downtown Ottawa. The Orleans community is very excited to welcome parkrun!

 

The Saturday morning event will take place on the beautiful multi-purpose Ottawa River Pathway East trail alongside the Ottawa river.  The course will start at the entrance to the path, located near Cairine Wilson Secondary school.  The course is nestled within many open and forested areas alongside the beautiful Ottawa river. Runners will cross a bridge and a large sports field, while going through various landscapes to return to the starting point.

 

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The Orleans suburb of Ottawa is a bilingual community with many parks, a beach and multi-purpose trails. Orleans is continuously growing and offers many local community activities and amenities such as local shopping, restaurants, recreation facilities, arenas, a Farmer’s market, the Shankman Arts Centre, which delivers a unique cultural hub in the east-end, offering a full range of visual and performing arts programming offered to support the demand for activities in both English and French.

 

One for the tourists

 

For out-of-town participants in the parkrun, Ottawa is also a great city to explore!  After the run, and of course after the post run coffee as well, there are many shops, museums and restaurants to explore in the downtown area. The Byward market is a short drive away and a favourite spot for many locals on a Saturday morning.   The city hosts several large festivals each year, including North America’s largest country music festival, Canada’s largest and North America’s second largest blues festival, and the world’s largest hockey tournament.

 

Meet the team

 

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Orleans parkrun, Ottawa has a core team of people that have been interested in bringing parkrun to the east-end community since they heard it had started in Canada.  Christian, Manon and their two children were first introduced to parkrun, while the family was posted in Australia three years ago. Christian is an avid runner (now 50th!) and wanted to include a regular fitness program in his weekly schedule and discovered parkrun in Canberra. He subsequently introduced the family to parkrun. “These weekly Saturday events kept our family on a fitness objective and we were always looking forward to participating and getting together with our home base community of runners/walkers at the Ginninderra parkrun in Canberra.”

 

They also had the opportunity to travel in various parts of Australia and at the same time explored and participated in many other parkruns. “We have participated in many other running/walking events, organized through other types of venues in Australia and in Canada.  We must admit that we really enjoyed parkrun for bringing communities together through this free weekly fun type event.  We have made many friendships through parkrun and we are very grateful for it!” Upon their return to Canada, a parkrun was started in 2017 in the west-end of Ottawa – “Kanata parkrun” and that’s how Christian and Manon wanted to start a parkrun for the residents of the east-end community of Ottawa, so they may also benefit/participate in this weekly fun and fitness event – “It’s about sharing an experience of well-being, a connection with our community, as well as the rest of the world!”

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