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Community - May 17, 2018

Why I run: Ottawa

Making this year’s Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon race count with the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

By Diana Hart

Canada’s capital will be taken over by runners of all ages and skill level at the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon on May 27. At Scotiabank-supported marathons across Canada, people can make their runs count by taking the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and raising money for charities helping strengthen their communities. During Tamarack Ottawa Race weekend, runners in Ottawa are able to fundraise for over 60 local charities.

This year, we are highlighting Scotiabank Charity Challenge participants running for charities that help build a better future for young people in their communities.

Meet John

John Farrell, a Scotiabank branch manager in Ottawa, is running the Scotiabank Ottawa Half Marathon for Team Diabetes Canada. John is taking the Scotiabank Charity Challenge alongside his son Ryan. For the last seven years, Team Diabetes has grown into an important community of support for John, who has Type 2 diabetes, and his son Ryan, who has Type 1.

John says he is especially proud that Team Diabetes Canada uses a substantial amount of their fundraising dollars to send children with diabetes to summer camp. The camp teaches kids to live healthily, while fostering their confidence and sense of independence. John explains why he is taking the challenge for the third time.