Return to this year's Diefenbooker Classic website

Run, walk, cycle or pledge

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


We are underway for 2005

Again based out of the Carp Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall (see maps), with our usual range of events.

Events / Start Times

Warm-up exercises 9:10 am

Competitive Events:(see elevation map)
A) 5 km run (2005 results) 9:30 am
B) 10 km run(2005 results) 9:30 am
C) Team 4 x 5 km run(2004 results) 9:30 am
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)

Cycling Events
New for 2005 - first three finishers in each event will receive a Diefenchunk medal
H) 5 km cycle tour 9:15 am
J) 14 km cycle tour 9:15 am
K) 28 km cycle tour 9:15 am

Non-competitive Events:
F) 5 km walk(2005 results) 9:30 am
G) 5 km "People & Pooches" walk 9:30 am
D) 100 m "Loonie Loop" run (2 - 6 years) 10:20 am
E) 1 km run (12 yrs & under) 10:40 am
(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.

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.
- First three Category winners(back for 2005) 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.

Cycling: first three finishers in each event will receive a Diefenchunk medal

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

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



  • On-line registration this year through NCRA - http://www.ncra-ottawa/
    -limited to adults in the walks, the 2 running and 3 cycling races
  • Computerized timing and on-line results posting
  • 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
  • All registrants 7 years and up receive free Diefenbooker Classic T-shirt (sizes limited)
  • Lots of door prizes for participants and volunteers

Other Websites

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

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 ninth year.

Last year we had over 400 participants from all over the region and as far away as Kingston. Over $14,000 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 Bill Williams race timing service.

Race results for the 5 km and 10 km runs will be posted in each library branch and will also be available online. The full list of award winners will be published in community newspapers.

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 Nelson
Ottawa Public Library

The growth of our libraries means the growth of our minds. Be sure to mark Saturday, April 30 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!