City wins bid for national track and field championships in 2017, 2018

Tom Pechloff
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Ottawa’s Terry Fox Athletic Facility will play host to the Canadian track and field championships in both 2017 and 2018, Mayor Jim Watson announced Thursday.

Terry Fox Athletic Facility, home of the Canadian Track and Field Championships in 2017, 2018

“These kind of events, like the Canadian Track and Field Championships, not only attract national attention in terms of coverage of our city and facilities, but also a lot of people and a lot of economic activity,” said Mr. Watson.

About 1,500 athletes, 300 coaches and trainers and thousands of spectators are expected to converge on the city. The events are expected to inject $3 million into the city’s economy each year.

River Ward Coun. Maria McRae said the city is investing more than $300,000 in upgrades to the facility, which is in her ward.

“These upgrades will benefit residents of my ward, and across Ottawa for years to come,” Ms. McRae said in a statement.

Mr. Watson said most of the upgrades are minor things as the facility is already in good shape. He said most of the work will be done by the city’s parks and recreation department.  

Athletics Canada CEO Rob Guy said Ottawa is one of the best organized and most enthusiastic host cities, noting the successful championships held here in 2006.

The four-day event serves as a selection trial for the national team, and athletes can move on to compete in the world championships, Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Thursday’s announcement is another feather in the cap of the city’s “Bid More, Win More, Host More” strategy, designed to attract national and world-class events. Over the last few years, the city has generated $40 million by hosting large events.

Geographic location: Ottawa, Canada

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