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May 20, 2015

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation revives Rattle Me Bones

(OTTAWA, ON) –    After a brief hiatus, The Ottawa Hospital is excited for the return of its Halloween-themed run to benefit bone cancer research.

Since 1993, Rattle Me Bones has raised more than $1.1 million in support of The Ottawa Hospital. Funds raised by this year’s participants will support research focusing on ways to treat bone cancer, developing approaches to prevent cancer from spreading to the bone, and optimizing bone cancer surgery techniques.

Among the changes for this year, long-time corporate supporter of The Ottawa Hospital, Nordion has taken on the title sponsorship for the event.

“Nordion knows all too well the impact research can have on both doctors and patients,” said Scott McIntosh, President of Gamma Technologies and Corporate Services at Nordion. “Rattle Me Bones provides a great opportunity for our organization to combine what’s important to us – philanthropy, innovation and improving the lives of patients. With such a “spirited” event we’re excited to get our employees and their families involved in building a stronger, healthier community and continue the fight against cancer.”

On Sunday, October 25, runners can take the classic 2km T-bone, 5km Funnybone or 10km Wishbone routes, and, perhaps – an unsettling detour through The Zombie Zone!

“We wanted to offer more people the opportunity to go head to head with a hoard of undead,” said Tim Kluke, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. “Participants in the 5K and 10K races will get to choose if they want to push for their personal best and head straight to the finish line, or take on the zombies in the final stretch of their run.”

With the event so close to Halloween, ghouls of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes – and the littlest goblins will get to enjoy the Kids Zone.

The event was cancelled in 2014 after several changes to the volunteer committee. Organizers are expecting the return will generate a positive response from long-time supporters and runners in the event.

Registration is now open at It’s scary how much fun you’ll have!

Choose your distance

Rattle Me Bones Ottawa features 4 events with something for everyone including a Zombie Run, the 10k Wishbone, 5k Funnybone and the 1k Jigglebone.