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Upstream’s Ottawa Race Weekend team needs you

OTTAWA. This year’s Tamarack Race Weekend will be held on May 25-26 and Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support is reaching out to Ottawa’s running and walking community to build a team of participants and help raise much needed programming funds.

Upstream’s goal is to raise $5,000 in support of its Unfunded Wellness Services which include client transportation, luncheons, social opportunities, recreational outings, and back to school/work support. These services are designed to encourage social connections, provide wrap-around support, and reduce isolation, which help improve independence and wellness among individuals with mental health and substance-use health challenges.

Runners who raise more than $500 will have their registration fees paid by Upstream Ottawa. Additionally, the Ottawa Race Weekend organization will further recognize these efforts by waiving the 2025 registration fee for anyone who raises more than $500 for this year’s 2024 event. So, runners have the chance to race with no registration fee for two consecutive years when they raise more than $500 in sponsorships in this year.

Upstream participants will benefit from a customized Upstream Ottawa how-to fundraising guide and a chance to win fantastic prizes provided by Carlington Booch, Wheelhouse Cycle, Thali Ottawa, and Lululemon.

How to Register

Use this QR code or referral link when registering and provide Upstream with a $5 donation at no cost to the registrant:

Note: Option to choose “Green Bib” allows participants to direct part of their registration fees to a charity of their choice in lieu of receiving a medal when crossing the finish line.


When you reach the “Desjardins Charity Challenge” section, choose to Join an existing team & search for “Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support”).

Should you choose to participate as an individual we will still consider you a member of Team Upstream. Once registered, you will have access to your own personal fundraising page and can start sharing the link with your networks to begin seeking supporters and donations.

Upstream Ottawa is committed to supporting participants every step of the way.

Anyone needing support with registration steps may contact Catherine Armour, at

Donate directly to Team Upstream:

Upstream’s Ottawa Race Weekend team needs you