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Run, walk, cycle or pledge

to raise funds for the West Carleton Branches of the Ottawa Public Library


Start / Finish

Meet at the Carp Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall (see map), start line on Falldown Lane nearby.

Events / Start Times

Warm-up exercises 9:00 a.m.

Competitive Events:(see elevation map)
A) 5 km run (results) 9:30 a.m.
B) 10 km run(results) 9:30 a.m.
C) Team 4 x 5 km run(results) 9:30 a.m.
(No age categories or gender restrictions. Team entries must be submitted as a group to register. Routes pass through the BLAST tunnel of the Diefenbunker Museum)

Non-competitive Events:
D) 5 km cycle tour 9:15 a.m.
E) 14 km cycle tour 9:15 a.m.
F) 28 km cycle tour 9:15 a.m.
G) 5 km walk 9:30 a.m.
H) 5 km "People & Pooches" walk 9:30 a.m.
J) 100 m "Loonie Loop" run (2 - 6 years) 10:30 a.m.
K) 1 km run (12 yrs & under) 10:45 a.m.
(Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at their event.)

Special Events

People & Pooches: Bring along your dog on the 5 km walk. Prize to be awarded for best dressed pooch.

Family Cycle: Cycle the 5 km, 14 km or 28 km loops this year with the whole family. All ages welcome.


Awards presentation to occur after each event.

Competitive Events:
- First three finishers, both men and women, 5 km and 10 km runs, and first place team 5 km run, will receive the famous "Diefenchunk" award, plus an item from the awards table.
- Category winners will receive a "Diefenchunk" award in both 5 km and 10 km run events. Categories are: under 16, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+ years.

Pledges: Prizes for pledge amounts totalling over $100.
Special prize for highest pledge amount collected.

Other: Loonie Loop and 1 km run: Special prizes for winners in each age category


If you cannot participate but would like to support this cause you can do that on line.

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  • Timing by Sportstats, results posted and winners announced at
  • Race Photography by Ciao Ciao Productions, purchasable photos viewable at
  • Distance markers and marshalls on all routes
  • Water stations at halfway and finish, run/walk routes
  • Water will be available for dogs on 5 km walk
  • Post-race refreshments at Agricultural Hall
  • First aid/medical services
  • Free parking and washrooms (no showers) at Fairgounds
  • Complimentary "sweat check"
  • All registrants 7 years and up receive free Diefenbooker Classic T-shirt (sizes limited)
  • Extra T-shirts may be ordered for $10. each
  • Lots of door prizes for participants and volunteers


  • Dogs must be leashed and under adult control at all times. Poop'n scoop rules apply.
  • Helmets are mandatory for all cycle event participants.
  • Marshalls will be on the course from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The roads will not be guaranteed to be traffic free.
  • For the safety of all participants and to satisfy insurance requirements, no roller skates or roller blades permitted.
  • Participants are responsible for their physical ability to participate. If in doubt, consult your doctor.

Entry Fees

$20 each (19 years + up)
$15 each (13 - 18 years)
$12 each (7 - 12 years)
$1 each (6 years + under)
$5 surcharge applies to 13 years and up if registering on race day.

$60 maximum for immediate family members
$10 surcharge if registering on race day

By Mail:
Send completed registration form with cheque or money order payable to Ottawa Public Library (no postdated cheques) to : Doug McNab, Registrar, Diefenbooker Classic, 112 Terraview Drive, Kinburn Ontario, K0A 2H0.
Post no later than Monday, April 19, 2004

In Person:
Saturday, April 24
 Carp library branch, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 28
 Sports 4, Kanata Centrum, Kanata,
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 29
 Carp library branch, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Race Day, May 1
 Agricultural Hall, Carp Fairgounds after 7:30 a.m.

Both registration and pledge forms are available
for your convenience in PDF format.
Pledge forms may be handed in on race day.

Other websites:, and


Runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages
share in community spirit!

Last years race The Diefenbooker Classic has proven to be a huge success for the promotion of health in the community, and for fundraising for the West Carleton Branches of the Ottawa Public Library. This will be our eighth year.

Last year we had over 400 participants from all over the region and as far away as Toronto. Over $9,000 was raised to support improvements at the satellite library branches in Carp, Fitzroy Harbour and Constance Bay.

During the race, runners and walkers will be directed through the blast tunnel of the “Diefenbunker”, the former National Defence facility now known as Canada’s Cold War Museum. Cyclists will travel fully paved routes through rural West Carleton township. The short races will be held within the Fairgrounds in Carp. All routes are well marked, and races will be timed by “Sportstats”.

Race results for the 5 km and 10 km runs will be posted in each library branch and will also be available on the Sportstats website at The full list of award winners will be published in the West Carleton Review.

The Diefenbooker Classic promotes community fun, pleasant touring of the rural landscape, as well as serious racing with strong regional runners. Photographs of all previous races are on display in the Carp Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Once again, our title sponsor is the West Carleton Medical-Dental Center, including the West Carleton Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic. Support from both new and returning sponsors is fabulous.

West Carleton Medical-Dental Centre
Carp Agricultural Society West Carleton Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic Sports 4 New Balance
YMCA Canadian Waste Scotiabank
Karson Kartage Konstruction Water and Earth Science Associates
West Carleton Review DEKA - Home Hardware Keith’s
Ottawa Public Library

The growth of our libraries means the growth of our minds. Be sure to mark Saturday, May 1 on your calendar. Bring your family and friends out for a morning of fun and fitness at the Diefenbooker Classic in Carp, Ontario!

Our library will win in the long run!