|Start of the 2016 Ottawa 10K|
The IAAF gold label race will be held in Canada's capital city of Ottawa on Saturday the 25th of May a day ahead of the Ottawa marathon, another IAAF gold label race.
The Ottawa 10K is the only IAAF Gold Label 10K event in Canada and one of only four IAAF Gold label 10Ks in the world.
With the caliber of the elite runners that have been entered in this race, it remains to be seen whether the course record will remain intact at the end of the day. The course record for women stands at 30:55 and was run by Kenya’s Gladys Cherono in 2015.
Over the years, Ottawa 10K has always been attracting some of the world’s best elite runners as well as thousands of participants from regions around Ottawa.
This race is also home to the Canadian 10K Championships.
Last year's 10K titles went to the Ethiopian athlete Andamlak Berta winning the men’s race in 27:48 while Alia Mohammed from UAE won the women’s race in 31:36.
Since her first visit to Ottawa in 2015 where she had finished 2nd behind Gladys Cherono, Peres Jepchirchir felt in love with Ottawa and it will be interesting to see how she will perform in one of her favorite races, especially given that she will be one of the athletes that have gotten used to the Ottawa course and weather.
It will also be interesting to see how Valary Ayabei will perform in a 10K race a month a some few days after winning a marathon on altitude and in warm weather conditions in Eldoret, Kenya.
One unique feature in the Ottawa 10K is the mixed competition bonus in which the women are given a 3 minutes 40 seconds head start. Whoever crosses the finish line first wins a $2,000 bonus.
There will also be a Dream Team challenge in which four teams will be competing to raise funds for different charities as well as for their teams.
Canadian athletes will be captains of a Dream Team Challenge in which the team that wins the challenge will win $6000 to share evenly among themselves and a $1000 to give to a charity of their choice. Each captain will pick three elite runners from the Ottawa 10K field to form their Dream Team.