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Join the 2017 “Run for a New Start” team –
we’re going the distance for refugees!

can’t make it on race day? sponsor the team with a donation!
Registered Runners & Walkers
Registered Runners & Walkers: 43%

Goal: 100 Runners & Walkers

Donations: 11%

Goal: $20,000

Run for a New Start  |  2016 Results

In May 2016, OCISO was blessed indeed, for our inaugural “Run for a New Start” volunteers overcame intense heat to complete their 2km, 5km, 10km, 21km and 42km races in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

We are so very appreciative that our 51 volunteers and their over 200 sponsors were able to raise a total of $12,451 in support of OCISO’s programs with refugee and immigrant youth!

And we were inspired by the large number of newcomer youth runners who joined us too, and were very excited when CTV News broadcast a special feature on them: .

View The CTV News broadcast

Run for a New Start  |  2017  | Join Today!

OCISO has again registered as a charity for the upcoming Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (May 27-28, 2017), and we’ve set ourselves the very ambitious goal of raising $20,000 this time, in support of OCISO’s youth programs.

We invite runners and walkers to join our “Run for a New Start” fundraising team. Volunteers who commit to raising $100 will receive our cool Tshirt pictured above!

For more information, contact our volunteer coordinator
David Rain at

Or to register directly as a runner and fundraiser:

follow these instructions

Thank you for helping to make refugee and immigrant youth welcome and supported in our community!

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How to Register as a Runner/Walker and set up your Online Personal Fundraising Page

1. Go to Ottawa Race Weekend registration form

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Select the race you are entering
.  If asked, select your estimated finishing time [note that there is a “walker” category at the bottom of each pull down menu], and then click the Submit button to go to the next page.

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Fill in your personal information, email address, etc.

Optional: click the Family Member box if you would like to register up to 4 other people living at the same address as you. You will be able to select different distances for each participant.

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IMPORTANT – Scroll down the page until you see the red Scotiabank Charity Challenge section.  Click the box that says Create Personal Fundraising Web Page.

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Click in the box that says “select”. You will see a list of charities. Scroll down towards the bottom and select OCISO – Run for a New Start.

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Enter a Username and Password. This will allow you to access your Personal Fundraising Page afterwards.

IMPORTANT –  be sure to keep a record of your User Name and Password for use later on.

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Click the “I Agree” acknowledgment, after reading the Ottawa Race Weekend’s terms and conditions.

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Fill in the online payment information and click Submit.

NB: Race registration fees are as follows – $40 for 2km, $55 for 5km, $65 for 10km, $90 for half marathon (21km), $110 for full marathon (42km) – plus HST and processing fee.  OCISO is not permitted to issue an official tax receipt for your registration fee (only for donations). The registration fee is considered an in-kind contribution, for which we are indeed very grateful.

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Once you have successfully registered, you will then receive a confirmation screen requesting you to click SUBMIT.  Once you click submit you will be automatically transferred to your online fundraising page where you can edit your personal fundraising page, upload photos and videos, edit your fundraising goal and message, and send fundraising emails to your friends and families.