Join the Blackburn Hamlet Cancer Chase

The third annual Blackburn Hamlet Cancer Chase is taking place Sunday, October 19 and you’re invited to join in. Described as “Ottawa’s most scenic 5k” it’s a five-kilometre walk/run through the parks, allotment garden trails and streets of the east end community.  Since Blackburn Hamlet is entirely surrounded by the National Capital Commission (NCC) greenbelt, it has 250 kilometres of nature trails.

The Chase is the latest version to continue the tradition of community-organized runs within Blackburn Hamlet.  Groups have raised $185,000 through these events over the past decade. Last year, the Cancer Chase raised more than $21,000 for the Ottawa Hospital’s fight against cancer. All the funds raised stay right here in Ottawa for cancer research. 

Wherever you live, you’re welcome to participate in this fundraising action. (You’re also encouraged to bring your friends and family members along with you.)

There is no specific charge to take part in the event, but contributions and pledges are encouraged. Highlights of day will include the picturesque course through the hamlet, refreshments from local businesses, raffle prizes and a silent auction.

It’s easy to register online. You can print pledge sheets too.

A Running Room event website is set up to take online registrations; by registering online you also reserve an orange technical fabric Cancer Chase t-shirt, for $25 total. The Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s website also includes information about the Cancer Chase, including donation and pledge forms you can print or email to friends to solicit sponsorships.

The Chase starts and ends at the Blackburn Hamlet Community Centre, 190 Glen Park Drive, just south of the intersection of Bearbrook Road and Innes Road. Doors open to the public at 8:15 a.m. and if you haven’t yet registered online, you can register in person. All donations are gratefully accepted with charitable receipts available for gifts of $20 and more.

More information can be found at

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