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About Free Saturday 5K Series

Please note that due to weather, the first event in April is cancelled.

Starting in April, on the first Saturday morning of every month (with the exception of November), Run Ottawa holds a free 5K event at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. This is a great way to test your fitness over the spring, summer and fall at a family friendly event. And this year, we’ve added a free 1K for kids! Come run at your pace of choice on this scenic route that is held on the roads and pathways within the Central Experimental Farm.

These events are self timed, aided by a digital clock at the finish line. Water will be available on-site. We would like to acknowledge and thank the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum for their support of our Saturday Farm Runs. To learn more about the Museum and all their great programs, please visit their website. You can also follow them on Twitter @agmuseum Reminder: These events are free for everyone!


Look for the signs that will direct you to the parking areas within the Central Experimental Farm.  There is no charge to park and the lots are fairly close to the registration area. For more information contact Joe Du Vall via email, or call 613-234-2221.


Schools and run clubs, please visit Kids Run Ottawa for a fun, active program designed for students 6-12 years old.


Free Saturday 5K starts at 9:00 a.m.  Kids Run Ottawa Free 1K starts at 8:30 a.m.2018 Dates:

  • April 7 [Cancelled]
  • May 5
  • June 9*
  • July 7
  • August 4
  • September 1
  • October 6
  • December 1

*Note that for the months of June the event will take place on the second Saturday of the month.


Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on the Central Experimental Farm (Maple Drive). Enter via Prince of Wales Drive on the west side of the traffic circle or Fisher Avenue and Island Park Drive. Washrooms are located in Building 85, next to the ‘dairy barn.’


This course follows the roads of the Central Experimental Farm and has two loops. Wheelchair Racing Possible  This two loop race course makes it not suitable for wheelchair racing but may be suitable for some recreational participants. Please contact us for more information.




Thanks to our partners at Sports 4, random draws will be held afterwards.


Volunteers are always welcome! You can assist in the assembly and disassembly of the course, and still participate in the race. To find out more about volunteering, please contact


All medical services for these events are provided by St. John Ambulance.