Ottawa 10K Attracts Extremely Competitive Field

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 18, 2011
Dire Tune is one of the pre-race favorites at the Ottawa 10K on May 29. Photo:

Dire Tune is one of the pre-race favorites at the Ottawa 10K on May 29. Photo:

The majority of the elite runners are from Ethiopia.

Some of the best runners in the world have decided to race the Ottawa 10K on May 29. At the top of the list is Ethiopia’s Dire Tune. Last year, she made history by being the first runner, male or female, to cross the finish line. Women runners are usually given a 4-minute head start over the men, and, before last year, always caught the first female.

“Ottawa is special to me as I won here before and it is such a beautiful city,” Tune said.  “I hope I can be on top of the podium again this year and have another successful trip to Ottawa.”

Expected to give Tune a run for the money is Olympic silver medalist and fellow Ethiopian Ejegayehu Dibaba. “I hope that the race is very fast as I am ready to put on a great show for the people of Ottawa,” she said.

In the men’s race, Deriba Merga returns to see if he can better his own course record that was set in 2009 (27:55). Morocco’s Mohammed El Hachimi who dueled with Merga in 2009 is also expected to toe the line.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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