Torchbearers carried the flame to Ottawa all the way from Marathon, Ont., on Thursday to help officially kick off Ottawa Race Weekend.

CBC Ottawa's Sandra Abma caught up with a few of the runners along the route as they shared their stories of why they run. Click on the video above to watch.

At 12:30 p.m. Friday we're also hosting a live chat with Ottawa Running Club head coach Geordie McConnell. Join us with your running questions here.