I arrived downtown a few minutes before the first 5k started. The second 5k group left the start line as I made my way to the media room in City Hall.
After I picked up my credentials, I had a snack (catered by Thyme & Again) of red grapes, cheddar cheese, and what seemed like a grilled chicken club sandwich. Once I was finished, I then headed outside to find the race vehicles.
There, I met Gord and Scott, from the Ottawa Citizen, and Javier who were riding the mens 10k lead car as well.
Here are some of my favourite photos from Saturday. You can view more of the photos I took that day here [link].
Some young kids getting ready to cheer on the 10k runners.
The lead pack running down Elgin Street.
Leah Larocque, Myriam Grenon, and Liz Maguire run together during the 10k event.
The lead pack run along a bend of the road. El Hassan El Abbassi, the eventual winner of the 10k event can be seen behind last year's winner, Geoffrey Mutai, who finished third this year.
I found myself laughing when I took this photo. It looks like Natasha Fraser is running comfortably while the elite mens' lead pack struggles to keep up with her.