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Ottawa Race Weekend\'s long-running labour of love: It\'s a marathon, not a sprint
About 150 runners wearing almost all of their vests and shorts took part in the starting line of 1975 Ottawa Marathon
Eyes and tension. Dr.
Don Johnson, a colleague at Ashcroft, Carlton sports medicine clinic, grabbed the megaphone and advised runners to drink more water.
The temperature is in the middle-
In their 70 s, few players have experienced 26-mile race.
\"It was lonely on Park Road that day,\" Ashcroft told the Citizen years later.
\"There are very few runners --
Ashcroft, who died earlier this month at the age of 87, took part in 45 marathons, more exciting than his first race in the Ottawa marathon.
The marathon race in Ottawa, which originated from the most humble, single male-dominated, evolved into a huge, inclusive tamarackwarace weekend, equivalent to an annual logistical miracle.
When the other 45,000 runners and 200,000 spectators took part in a series of races regardless of age, it was a two-day spectacle in two provinces and two cities, including the national capital \"you are basically closing one of the G7 capitals over the weekend,\" said Anne Boucher, a spokeswoman for the race weekend.
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Their roots are in the 1975 game, but today\'s more
Layered digital events are a distant relative of the old National capital marathon, which was removed twice.
About 45,000 people will be running on weekends, from the children\'s \"marathon\" to the traditional 42. 195-
The distance between the marathon and the middle is kilometers.
Take these people to the starting line.
So they can get to the finish line without events, which is a terrible task.
A simple task such as picking up the runner\'s bib and T-
When up to 60,000 people (
With family and friends)
At the Health and Fitness Fair at the Shaw Center, people are browsing quickly.
As World Expo chief volunteer Kent Woodhall explains, \"It\'s like getting three big cities like Brockville across the building in 17 hours.
It was a big jigsaw puzzle all weekend.
Most pieces, including metal barriers, were pasted by hardened senior volunteers.
They equip runners, gather crowds, keep peace, manage classes, bandaged \"owwies\" to cool people who are overheating, and expect unexpected things to happen all the time, both the marathon and the 10 k race maintain the gold medal standard. (
The \"gold label\" refers to one of the world\'s leading competitions considered by the International Athletics Federation. )
Let\'s take a look at the dynamics involved and give a hint to 2,500 volunteers --
Especially the small core of leading operators --
Who makes the biggest annual event in Ottawa and the most important tourist attraction possible.
The game was played by John Halson.
He\'s running it now.
A stylish, hotfast 10,000-
Rice runner-up in late 1980 and early 1990, Norway-
Born Hal Watson has long left his mark on the Ottawa road race.
\"I remember the year we saw John win 10 k (
Record Time 1988)
It still makes me feel a sore throat, \"said Joe Duval, a longtime race organizer, who is one of several key employees of the Ottawa running organization team, it\'s also Halvorsen President Jim al Mcini, Dave Morow and Sue Marsh.
Halvorsen, 50, is a former Nortel programmer with a degree in Mechanical Engineers (
Graduate with excellent grades)
Prepare for everything
Including a comparison between runner John H and race director John H: \"more hair, less body,\" he talked about his former self.
Not much doubt which one is more interesting-
Run 10 k on the race weekend or organize lucky events.
Hal Watson said with a smile, \"running.
\"One thing you are doing. This here (being director)
There are so many mobile parts and dependencies on others.
It\'s fun to run.
\"However, it is interesting that the pressure on the day of the game is very similar.
When you are there as an athlete, you have a lot of pressure and you put pressure on yourself to perform.
You don\'t want things to get bad.
Now, it\'s the same thing, it\'s time for the show.
This feeling is very similar.
As a typical representative of an athlete, Hal Watson once complained that the race in Ottawa would be better.
His friend and former runner, Manny rodríz, said do something and he recruited elite runners for the marathon and 10 k. Get involved.
Halvorsen did it, about 1999.
He has been listening since then.
Just like any wonderful game, there is a steady rhythm at the beginning of the game.
A few months before the race weekend, Hal Watson passed a mental list: OK, we have classes, we have licenses, medals and T-
City police in Ottawa and Gatineau have ordered shirts knowing the date, time and road closure of the match.
About 700 elite kettles were ordered (
They fill their bottles and put them at the water station to avoid possible doping problems).
A few days and weeks before the game brought uneasiness.
Halvorsen said: \"All the big things have been done, but this time of year is hard and you wake up in the morning and think, \'Gosh, did we do it? \"His cell phone kept ringing in the middle.
\"There are too many emails.
When the Ottawa Race serves the crowd and running professionals, Halvorsen knows his priorities: safety for all.
\"It\'s different for a big event,\" he said . \".
\"For a smaller event, \'Everything goes all\', but it\'s safe for this event.
\"Especially after the Boston incident in 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line.
Ashdo is wandering.
In the months leading up to the weekend game, Rodrigues was shot.
If he doesn\'t send enough elite athletes to 10 k (
National 10 k Championship as well)
In the marathon, Ottawa will lose its famous Gold Label status because of each race.
There is only one event in the world (Lisbon)
There are two gold medals a weekend.
It took Rodrigues a few months to train people who knew that at any time, it could be the last moment, that runners could become lame or have travel visa issues.
Use a fixed budget (in the mid six-figures range)
The problem that Rodrigues can\'t throw money.
He needs a Plan B.
If there is an economic problem with the race weekend, it is always the first thing to do.
The event pays its own bill, even the police bill.
The funds provided by Ottawa are zero.
\"To be honest, it\'s kind of annoying us,\" Halvorsen said . \".
Rod Rigg knows that they can\'t cut \"core costs for safety or classes \".
Where they can cut their spending is related to media propaganda and elites.
So Rodger set up an insurance policy.
At least five Boehner.
Real Gold Label runners (
Meeting to determine the IAFF standard)
For each of the 10 k and marathon races, he ensures that there are additional activities for each race to cope with the inevitable exit.
Experience tells him that as many as 25 elite recruits will quit the race a few days before the race due to injury or visa issues.
It will take four weeks to apply for a travel visa in Kenya.
At Ethiopa, four to sixweeks.
There are two types of \"elite\" for professional A and professional B runners \".
Professional players are from the international arena.
Professional B\'s competitors are mostly Canadians, excellent athletes, but not top in their category.
Professional A runners may receive travel expenses, accommodation, attendance fees, bonuses and bonuses.
At the weekend, there will be 160 to 180 elite players in roderig, about half of which are career A and half of which are career B.
Until this year, Ottawa paid an international appearance fee in the United States. S. dollars.
This year, to address potential explosive currency costs, fees and bonuses were adjusted in Canadian dollars based on dollar differences a few months ago (
Swing south since then).
Nevertheless, Rodrigues is pleased to report a strong area for this year\'s event.
Not stars who can control more money (
$50,000 to $100,000)
Runners from Boston or New York but from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are very capable.
Ottawa may be well suited in some cases.
For example, a Kenyan elite elioud kittanui spent a tough day in Rotterdam last month, pulled out of the race and wanted to compensate for spring events like Ottawa
Rodrigues got the news from Kiptanui\'s agent and reached an agreement.
Runners will get more money when the race is chasing them, and less money when they have to reach out.
Rodrigues is a software engineer and most of his recruitment is done by emailhours.
These email terms form the basis of the contract.
In the days leading up to the race, Rodrigues will send a group of volunteers with vans to meet runners at the airport and send them to their hotel.
This is far from his first year of 2001 when Rodrigues ran around to meet him.
These days, he is full of confidence in his volunteers and hopes not to get a last minute call on the rejectionshow.
It sounds simple.
Set up an event hall for sponsors and retailers where runners can also pick up race gear.
In fact, in the days leading up to the race weekend, Shaw Center was a crazy house.
A few months after the Expo manager Jim Robinson invested in bringing together about 100 suppliers from all over North America, there was only a few days to schedule it all.
In order to make things more challenging, there is usually a large meeting at the venue on Thursday and Friday that has nothing to do with the race weekend.
Stalls were provided to local charities.
Among other attributes, these races raise nearly $1 million a year for charity.
The contest to set up the expo will begin around noon on Tuesday. Sixty-
After five hours, their work was done and the weekend was over. Miller time.
\"We were exhausted before we opened the door on Thursday,\" Kent Woodhall said . \"
Coordinate the volunteer team on site.
\"If you ever see an ant working in that stream (at an ant hill)
\"This is exactly what happened here,\" Woodhall said . \".
\"It has to work perfectly because all of these people have to get into the building, go to the first floor to get the race gear, and take the shirt up two floors.
Then find their way to the exit.
\"Although the Shaw Center is large, it has no ability to process the process --
Through this order of magnitude.
Internal secrets: emergency fire doors are used by organizers to improve efficiency.
During the peak hours on Saturday, nearly 3,000 people per hour, 48 people per minute.
When tourists block the place, locals are encouraged to pick up their gear before the weekend.
The stroller is a threat because space is a premium.
Picking up race gear has become a digital game, just like voting in federal elections.
Runners register online at runottawa ottawa in the \"system. ca.
At the expo, participants should carry the bib number with them and report it to the corresponding kiosk.
During busy times, there are two line runners and four volunteers at each kiosk.
They will stumble over each other and try to find the right bibs.
Game Kit master Tom McKee likes to plant some volunteers in the team to make sure there is a reasonable process.
2016 weekend is an example of flirting with disaster.
Hot and humid weather puts the marathon at risk of being canceled while runners wait for a refund.
Finally, it was decided to play Sunday on Saturday, but it started earlier.
The announcement ignited a stampede to collect kits for the Expo. By 1 p. m.
About 8,000 people have reached the center of Shaw, and many have traveled a whole kilometer on a line that came out of the building, driving to the Colonel.
In the heat
Even for a trained volunteer, it can make adrenaline surge.
Nearly 50,000 T-
The shirt represents another little miracle.
Running the Ottawa group so eager to please, they set up a T-
For those who are not satisfied with the size, the shirt storage desk on Sunday morning.
Away from competition, the expo offers everything from the sale of sneakers to the management of bandages.
Suppose something happened in such a large crowd, including injuries and missing persons.
\"We have repatriated lost children and we have never lost them,\" Woodhall said proudly . \".
\"We always reunite people with credit cards, car keys, wallets.
When you get 60,000 people through a building, it\'s incredible how much they will lose.
The course has been set.
About 550 ethnic barriers are in place and traffic is back. routed . . .
Of course, it\'s time for a family to inevitably realize that their wedding is in the division, or a school group that needs to attend a concert.
This is the time for course cooperation.
Coordinator Glendon Pye used tricks he honed over years of work.
In advance, he worked with the police, the traffic control company and the logo dispenser, but his fun began at the beginning of the game.
His biggest challenge is: \"People need to enter difficult places on the day of the event.
\"It would be helpful if the volunteers were a night event.
A few years ago, Pye, the second. in-
Command Ken Trischuk and their assistant in 618-
MacDonald\'s rice length
Cartier Bridge at 3 and 4m.
Installation of rice
A wide carpet so that wheelchair riders do not stumble over the expansion joints on the bridge.
Course jockeys do their best at this time because they are late
Night revelers are known to disturb signs posted during the day.
One year, some drunks tore down the km mark on Booth Street and threw it into the Ottawa River.
As the race driver ran past, the volunteers stood there and shouted, \"This is 19-Km! !
\"Course management is taken for granted --
Until a few years ago, a group of elite runners were off course.
When fur flies and races \"don\'t do anything,\" Hal Watson\'s character, he says.
Everything is ready and the duties are delegated.
Halvorsen oversees all of this like a nervous father and hopes that the planning of the year will pay off.
Dick Murray is the head of the start-up area, which is also accompanied by its quirks.
For example, the 10 k race is lined up in Elgin and runs south, while the 5 k race is in the opposite direction in Elgin.
While dealing with spectators and racers trying to cross the area, the staff had about an hour to reschedule the start of the race.
What\'s more interesting is that a police car might show up with a prisoner who needs to see a magistrate in Elgin\'s court.
After the start of the game, the Carlton Crow football team started the game.
About 15 players helped other volunteers move the barricades in a timely manner and reconfigure the intersection of Elkin and Laurier. A 15-
As the veteran of the start zone, Murray will raise his arm to signal the start of the game.
A senior official blew the horn. The race is on.
Then the one after that.
Jon Hooper knows where the body is buried.
In his day-to-day work, Hooper is an intensive care unit physician and anesthesiology practitioner at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital.
Hooper is the medical director at the race weekend.
He saw the event develop from several medical tents in the end area to the establishment of a temporary, complex hospital in the exercise Hall of the Plaza kattier. Dr.
John Adam Trickett and the nurse, the captain of lamolos
Competition Weekend semester planning in the medical field.
Five clinical managers and two clinical directors of the Ottawa Hospital participated in the organization and establishment of the temporary race Hospital (
Reduce the burden on the first aid ward of the public).
Lamoureux is also a medical company.
Coordinator, and keep in touch with the medical staff on the court at the position of the competition command center.
There is nothing more important than taking care of runners during the race.
Heat and humidity are enemies, as the last weekend may often boil after a cool spring.
Organizers use fancy gadgets to measure weather indices and even lightning detection.
About 200 medical personnel participated in the competition, whether in the drill hall hospital or one of the 14 aid stations along the course --
Doctors, nurses, and ski patrols and other personnel with first aid certificates (
They always need more volunteers. .
Medical staff are worried about not contacting the injured runner in time.
\"You will never feel that you have enough people and it is impossible to cover all of them,\" Hooper said of 42-
\"You\'re always worried about someone falling between rescue stations and it takes five minutes to get there.
\"If he could, Horber would be the first.
There are aid workers per kilometer of the course.
Volunteers use bicycles and golf cars to shuttle between the crowd and runners when necessary.
If someone goes down, the first aid staff advise not to panic.
A fallen runner \"looks like death,\" Hooper said, but tends to show up soon in first aid.
Since emergency medical services are directed to send patients to the hospital, it is helpful to designate the Drill Hall as a hospital.
There, patients who need simple carethink, a Band-
Auxiliary Device for blisters
Will be treated and released.
More serious cases were examined for care in the back of the hospital.
About 200 people need to be treated on Sunday, during half time or after
Marathon and Marathon
Surprisingly, despite the hot weather, there were fewer cases in last year\'s marathon because runners apparently followed medical advice and took precautions.
In the shorter game, the heat of the game increased by two to three times.
The associated health issues may be due to runners performing these activities without proper training compared to normal conditions.
Each medical staff member has walkie-talkie and/or cell phone to report any issues in the course.
For the first time this year, each racing car has an emergency number on it.
Sometimes the most vigilant care can\'t save runners.
Hooper said that in the past 25 years, four people have died in the race, about other marathon experiences (
1 death for every 100,000 runners).
Four deaths involved heart problems, two of which were apparently cardiac arrest.
When a runner dies in a community Marathon, the news media is speeding, but the reality is that the local ice rink usually kills more people each year from the sudden death of old hockey.
\"Running and exercising can improve your health and reduce your short
\"The death rate,\" says job.
\"But when you do it that day, your risk will rise.
\"It\'s strange that an experienced runner without heart history once fell and died in the first kilometer of the race.
Although the key-
The nursing nurse quickly received him and spent about 20 minutes getting the ambulance through the runners and crowd in front of the stadium.
He may not survive anyway, but the medical team is constantly looking for better ways to help those in need.
\"He could be stripped of leaves that day, and the same thing could happen,\" Hooper said . \".
\"I don\'t know if this will make it easier to swallow.
\"The advantage of the race weekend, as ever, is its staff, loyal volunteers, and staff.
They kept in mind the words of Ottawa police officer Pat Frost, who often reminded his officers during the course: \"There was no second chance to make the matter work.
You did it right or it wouldn\'t happen.
Phil Ashcroft is now at the Paradise marathon and he will agree.