Sun, Feb 16, 2025

Embrace Winter Run - Supporting Imerman Angels

About the Event


An Official Winterlude Event: 

This winter running event has something for everyone: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 3K, and Kids 1K.

Embrace Winter is an official event of Ottawa’s biggest and best winter festival - Winterlude. This scenic run takes you through true Canadian winter landscapes and is a great motivator to stay active this winter. 

Participants love:

  • Celebrating Canadian winters! 
  • The added challenge of running in the winter. 
  • A closed, paved road for the run course, making it as safe as possible to Embrace Winter. 

Included in your registration is:

  • Bragging rights!
  • A personalized race bib.
  • Professional timing from Sportstats.
  • A certified course and Boston Marathon Qualifier.
  • On-course nutrition from F2C.
  • Race Photography, sponsored by John Gomes Real Estate.
  • Post-Race snacks.
  • Post-Race hot chocolate.
  • Post-Race non-alcoholic beer from Libra.
  • Pre and Post-Race massages from triOS College.
  • Podium Prizes for the top 3 male, female, and non-binary athletes, from TWIGZ.
  • Discounted Post-Race brunch at Mill St Brewpub. Save 20% on your post-run brunch (excludes alcohol), only a 650M walk from our event ($).
  • Memories that you won't soon forget.

Important Deadlines:

  • Shirt Deadline - January 16th. If you're interested in ordering an event shirt for this race, be sure to register and add a shirt to your order before the Shirt Deadline. After that date, we won't be able to add shirts to our order.
  • Medal Deadline - January 16th. We keep our prices low and make the finisher's medal an optional add-on. If you want to commemorate this achievement with a finisher's medal, make sure to register before January 18th and add the medal to your order. After this date, medals will be available to order subject to availability. 
  • Online Registration Deadline - February 11th at 6pm. If you don't sign up by then, you can still sign up online, in person on race day, or at bib pick-up, subject to availability. Some of our races sell out, so make sure to sign up early! 

Bib Pick Up:

  • Saturday, February 15th from 1 pm to 4 pm. Pickup will be at Sports4, College Square. They're located at 1371 Woodroffe Ave, Nepean, ON K2G 1V7.
  • Sunday, February 16th, starting at 7:15 am. Pickup will be inside the War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8.
  • Special Offer! If you pick up your bib at Sports4 on February 16th, you'll get a 15$ discount on your Sports4 purchase if you donate a pair of gently used shoes. The shoes will be given to Footwear4Kids. 

Pre-Race Newsletter:

Already signed up? When it's ready, we'll have the pre-race newsletter posted here. It has all the last-minute info that you'll need to get the most out of the event. 

2024 Results:

Click HERE to see the results from the 2024 Embrace Winter Run. All ages and abilities are welcome, and this page will show you where you might stack up!  

When & Where

Date & Time

Sun, Feb 16, 2025


Canadian War Museum

Race Options

08:00 AM - Marathon


09:00 AM - Half Marathon


09:30 AM - 10K


10:00 AM - 5K


10:30 AM - 3K


10:40 AM - Snowy Shuffle Kids 1K - Includes Medal



Charity of the Event - Imerman Angels

Charity of the Event - Imerman Angels

Imerman Angels envisions a world where cancer is not a solitary experience. Their mission is to provide comfort and understanding for all cancer fighters, survivors, previvors, and caregivers through a personalized, one-on-one connection with someone who has been there.


Course Maps

Course Map

Course Map

Our 2025 Course Map features nice views of the Ottawa River, Downtown Ottawa, and the Canadian War Museum.

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