Sri Chinmoy Ultras Ottawa 2018

Asticou Centre, 249 Boulevard Cité-des-Jeunes Gatineau, QC

Self Transcendence Races: 6/12/24Hour, 50k, 50mi, 100k, 100mi, 200k held outdoors at the Asticou Centre

Personalized counting - counters record each runner’s laps
Cut-off time for 50k is 12 Hrs; for 50mi, 100k, 100mi, 200k is 24Hrs
Portable washrooms, medical support & massage available throughout all races
Race food includes a wide variety of hot & cold vegetarian food & snacks
Aid stations include a selection of drinks, plus electrolytes
Set-up your own tent around the track
Showers accessible between 6pm-10pm (Saturday) & 6am-10am (Sunday)
Full Information Kit mailed to each Registrant

About the event

2018 will be the 37th Annual 24 Hour Race, the 9th Annual 12 Hour Race, 10th Annual 6 Hour Race and the 3rd Annual 50k, 50m, 100k, 100mi and 200k.

2018 ACU Series

2018 OUTRace Event

2018 OUTRace Slam


6/12/24 Hour, 50k, 50mi, 100k,100mi, 200k

Start time

  • 8AM 24H 50m 100k 100m 200k
  • 9AM 12H 50k
  • 10AM 6Hour


Utsahi St-Amand


  • IAU
  • ACU
  • OUTRace



ENTRY DEADLINE: Midnight on Wednesday, 25 July 2018

RACE KIT PICK-UP: July 28th at the following times:

  • 24 Hour, 50mi, 100k, 100mi, 200k Races: 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
  • 12 Hour, 50k Races: 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • 6 Hour Race: 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 



24 Hour, 50mi, 100k, 100mi, 200k Races start at 8:00 a.m. July 28, 2018
12 Hour, 50k Races start at 9:00 a.m. July 28, 2018
6 Hour Race start at 10:00 a.m. July 28, 2018

ENTRY FEES -- must be at least 18yrs old

24 Hour, 50mi, 100k, 100mi, 200k: $160 CDN on or before July 11th ; $180 CDN between July 12th to July 25th. Fee includes Food and T-shirt. Cheques payable to: Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team

12 Hour, 50k: $100 CDN on or before July 11th; $120 CDN between July 12th to July 25th. Fee includes Food and T-shirt. Cheques payable to: Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team

6 Hour: $70 CDN on or before July 11th; $90 CDN between July 12th to July 25th. Fee includes Food and T-shirt. Cheques payable to: Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team 


6 Hour - womens/mens overall 1st, 2nd & 3rd

12 Hour - womens/mens overall 1st, 2nd & 3rd

24 Hour - womens/mens overall 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Hans Maier Trophy awarded to the runner in the 24 Hour Race that fellow runners, Volunteers and Race Organizers vote as the most inspiring.

Michel Careau Trophy awarded to the best 24 Hour performance for a first time runner - female and male. 

Guests & Family: $20 per guest for food throughout the entire event or $5 for the meals after the 12 Hour and 24 Hour Races. Guests will be given Proof of Payment Cards. Number of guests can be entered on the Registration Form and payment may be included with Entry Fee or paid on  Race Day.



Who We Are

Sri Chinmoy Ultras Ottawa

Sri Chinmoy ( founded the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in 1977 as a service to the running community and to help promote spiritual growth through sports. In 1980, one Ottawa runner was invited to participate in the first 24 Hour Race organized by the New York Marathon Team. Six runners were registered, three men and three women. After the Race, Sri Chinmoy asked him to start such a Race in Ottawa. In 1981, the Ottawa Self-Transcendence 24 Hour Race began. This Ultramarathon Race, organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, has been going on every year since. It is the longest-running 24 Hour Race and oldest timed Ultra Race worldwide. On several occasions, it has hosted the Canadian National 24 Hour Championship. 

Since 2009, it has included a 6 Hour and a 12 Hour Race as part of the Event now called Sri Chinmoy Ultras Ottawa.

The Race has been held on various 400 meter Tracks in Canada’s Capital City, Ottawa.  Since 2017, it is presented at the Asticou Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, on a 1.8 km Loop.

The Race is part of the ACU (Association of Canadian Ultramarathoners) Series as well as the OUTRace (Ontario Ultra and Trail Race Series) and is IAU Bronze Certified.

For the past 35+ years, the oldest timed Ultra Race worldwide has witnessed many amazing performances. These include Sy Mah, Michel Careau and Hans Maier, three ultra-distance runners, who have given permanent Trophies to the Race for various outstanding performances.

The male Course Record of 242.919 km is held by Peter Holubar (1990) and the female Course Record of 214.487 km is held by Jamie Donaldson (2009). 

International Runners

The 24-Hour Race has witnessed amazing performances from renowned international ultra runners like Yiannis Kouros (2009) and Jamie Donaldson (2009) 214.487 km.[2][3]  Dipali Cunningham (Australia) set two Canadian Open Records by a non-Canadian for Women 50-55 for the 24 Hour (190.075 km) and the 12 Hour (110 km). Jon Olsen ran 100 miles (2013) in 11:59.28, setting a new American 100 mile Track Record and a new North American Record.

Canadian Runners

Amongst the 600+ runners who have registered for this Race many have impressive Records, including exemplary Jess Heroux, who completed 537 marathons and ultras since he started at age 45 after a major stroke; legendary Wally Herman, who retired at age 91 after forty years and more than 730 races in 99 countries (; Paul Smith who ran the Ottawa 24 Hour Race 28 times; Joe Cleary; Kimberley Van Delst and hundreds of others.

Amongst the family endeavours, we note: Ronald Gehl, a 25 time runner and family members Julie and Terry Gehl along with Laurie and Theresa McGrath; Hans Maier, now 80+ with 25 registrations for this Race along with his two grandsons. Erlinda Biondic 77, who started her interest in running by assisting her husband, took over the ultra distance flag in 2015 and established three IAU Records (see attached photo).

In the early years of the "running boom", Events like this established standards and levels of service to participants that have now become commonplace in the ultra-running community: regular drink stations, healthy food both during and post-race, as well as prizes to all age groups. Inspired by visionary Sri Chinmoy, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team with more than 500 races annually, has set the stage for ultra distance running for the past forty years.