Early Bird Run

Saturday May 16, 2020
Ottawa, ON
Carleton University

Event Highlights

Finisher Medals

Family Friendly

Closed Course

The Early Bird Run is a popular event for beginners. It features short distances and a fun yet challenging closed course. 

Course Maps

Event Information

  • Race Kit Pick Up
  • Race Day Schedule
  • Race Orientation
  • Race & Venue Information
  • Course Information

Race kit pick up & late registration
Pre-Race Day - Friday, May 15
3:00pm to 6:00pm

Parking Lot # 6, Carleton University (Campus Map Below)
You will NOT be able to park in Lot #6 to pick up your race kit - please use Parking Lot #7.

Race Day - Saturday, May 16
6:00am to 8:30am

Parking Lot # 6, Carleton University

5K & 3K : 11:45 a.m.
Wylie Ryan 1K : 11:30 a.m.

Friday May 15 at 5 pm

Beside the registration tent.

Highly recommended for first-timers but all are welcome to attend for a walk-about the event site with pointers related to the event, followed by a Q&A.

Carleton University is the race site. It is located on Bronson Avenue in Ottawa. The parking lot is just to your right shortly after you enter the grounds of the University from Bronson Ave. Do not attempt to enter the University grounds from Colonel By Drive on race day because it will be closed to traffic very early in the morning.

There is a charge for parking on campus. Parking is pay and display. Parking fees are your responsibility. We recommend that you park in Lots #7 or #5 - there is no parking in lot #6. The rate is the same in each lot. There is also a parking garage at lot #18 right beside lot #6 which holds approximately 200 vehicles. Make sure to check your roof rack before heading in with your bike!

Check the map below for parking lot locations.

The Transition Zone and Registration Tent are located in Parking Lot #6 - adjacent to Parking Lot #7. It is a 300m walk to the Registration Tent and the event site from Parking Lot #7.

The runs start line is on Colonel By Drive, and the finish is in Parking Lot #6. All runs are out and back courses on Colonel By Drive.

Club of the Event

15 Safe Families for Children

Greenbelt Church volunteers are back again in action at this year's Early Bird event, raising funds that support this beautiful, caring charity. Greenbelt volunteers are on the bike and run courses so they can help ‘stay the course’ for local children in need. Safe Families Ottawa helps provide safe, caring homes for children who are in temporary crisis scenarios. These trained volunteers give families breathing room to deal with situations like homelessness, job loss, incarceration and unexpected medical issues that stop parents or guardians from providing care to their children. The aim is to provide care for these children until they can be safely reunited with family, instead of having children unnecessarily sent into the foster care system. Your donation can help provide safe places for children right here in our region. Thanks for helping make a difference!

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