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2019 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend - Volunteer Page



The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will need volunteers to help make this year’s event the best one yet! We can’t do it without you! You will be able to choose the area you’d like to volunteer in and you can volunteer with family and friends. This is also an ideal opportunity for high school students 14 years and older to fulfill their Community Involvement Activities required for Ontario Secondary School Diplomas.


Race Kit Pick Up Closed

Greet runners at the race expo and assist in the distribution of race numbers and t'shirts to participants.

Information Booth Closed

Greet runners and spectators at the expo site at the Shaw Centre as well as at Festival Plaza at Ottawa City Hall and provide event information as well as general information about the attractions around the city.

Start Line Closed

Aid in the set up of the start line area of all our races to assist getting runners into their proper start line position. This includes moving barricades and flags that indicate each start line corral. Be prepared to do some lifting.

Baggage Check Closed

Check in a runner's bag that is stowed at the the Baggage Check tent and keep it in a secure location until it is claimed after the race.

Finish Line Closed

Greet runners just past the finish line and keep them moving through the water station and help distribute finisher medals.

Recovery Area Closed

Meet runners as they enter into Confederation Park and provide post race nourishment to all.

Route Volunteer Closed

Route volunteers are stationed a various points along our race courses to ensure the safety of runners by keeping cars a safe distance from any access point. You will be situated at an intersection, standing behind a traffic barricade. Many positions are staffed by 2 volunteers.

Medical Team Closed

Our team provides medical assistance to runners who require attention during or after their race. Volunteers are required to complete the questionnaire which indicates their current level of medical knowledge and experience. There are some restrictions based on age.

Water Station Closed

Distribute water to 15,000 participants in the 5 and 10K races on Saturday afternoon or valuable electrolyte replacement fluids, water and cooling sponges during Sunday’s marathon and half marathon events.

Race Kit Pick-Up

Distribute race bibs and t-shirt shirts to runners at the Health & Fitness Expo

Thursday May 23        

  • Shift: 3:30pm - 8:00pm 

Friday May 24

  • Shift 1: Shift: 10:00 am – 3:00pm
  • Shift 2: Shift: 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday May 25

  • Shift 1: Shift: 9:00 am – 1:00pm
  • Shift 2: Shift: 1:00pm – 6:00 pm

Recovery Area

Saturday, May 25

  • Shift 1:   9:30am - 3:30pm – Sort post race refreshment and stock the Recovery tent in preparation of the afternoon events.

Saturday, May 25 

  • Shift 2:   2:00 pm - 8:30pm – Distribute food to runners after their race and continuous replacement throughout the day and assist with clean up

Sunday, May 26       

  • 7:00am - 1 : 00 pm - – Distribute food to runners after their race and continuous replacement throughout the day and assist with clean up

Water Station

Assist at one of our hydration stations during Saturday or Sunday races along with the rest of a team of volunteers, passing out water to participants during their event. 

Saturday, May 25 

  • 3:00-8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 26 

  • 5:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

Please note that some shifts will last for a shorter time than the hours stated. 

Information Booth

Assist runners with inquiries about Race Weekend including Saturday/Sunday races and important information to assist visitors to the city.  

Thursday May 23

  • Shift 1 - Shaw Centre 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Shift 2 - Shaw Centre 3:30pm - 8:00pm  

Friday May 24

  • Shift 3 Shaw Centre  Shift 4 9:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Shift 4 Shaw Centre  Shift 5  1:00pm - 5:00pm  
  • Shift 5 Shaw Centre  Shift 6  4:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday May 25

  • Shift 6 Shaw Centre  8:00am - 1:00pm 
  • Shift 7 Shaw Centre  12:00pm- 5:00pm
  • Shift 8 City Hall 2:00pm - 6:00pm               
  • Shift 9 City Hall 4:00pm - 8:00pm     

Sunday May 26

  • Shift 10 City Hall 6:00am - 1:00pm            

Route Volunteer

You will assist in securing the race courses for runners, as you will be posted to an intersection, serving as a race marshal.

Saturday, May 25

  • 2:00pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 26

  • 5:30 am – 12:30 pm

Baggage Check

Accept personal items from runners and keep them in a safe and secure place until they return after their race.

Saturday May 25

  • 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Sunday May 26

  • 6:00am - 2:00pm

Start Line

Assist with the set up and take down of the start line corrals and assist runners in getting to their proper start position.

Saturday May 25

  • 1:00 pm- 7:00 pm

Sunday May 27

  • 5:30 am - 12:00pm (noon)

Finish Line

Saturday May 25

  • Shift 1: 9:30am - 3:30pm– Sort race medals and prepare for distribution

Saturday May 25

  • Shift 2: 2:00 pm - 8:30pm – Assist in finish chute by guiding runners to the fluid replacement station and to receive their finisher medal   

Sunday May 26

  • 7:00am - 1 : 00 pm - Assist in finish chute by guiding runners to the fluid replacement station and to receive their finisher medal.


Medical volunteers of all levels are welcome along the route, in the medical centre and in the Recovery area.

Saturday May 25

  • 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday May 26

  • 6:30am – 3:00pm

Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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