The Ottawa Youth Race focuses on connecting youth to programs and services, while learning to navigate the city through public transportation. The race provides between 100-150 youth with the opportunity to visit and learn about a variety of youth-serving organizations. In addition to visiting up to 8 different agencies throughout the day, an information fair is also set-up at the race starting point.
Youth participate in teams of five, and are supported by a registered volunteer or staff member assigned by their sponsoring agency. There are team and individual prizes awarded for winning the race, as well as numerous other prizes available for participation and team spirit.