Think you're pretty fast?

 

Then you could be $100,000 richer by this May.

 

The organizers of Ottawa Race Weekend said Wednesday it will offer the largest Canadian prize purse ever to any man or woman who breaks the current world record in its MDS Nordion 10K Race.

 

"The Ottawa Race Weekend is a world-class event," said Manny Rodrigues, vice-president of Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Ottawa Race Weekend.

 

"So we've put together a world-class prize to attract the sport's top runners to Ottawa."

"We're excited about the new prize and hope it will motivate this year's runners to beat the world record," said Steve West, President, MDS Nordion.

The time to beat is 27:02 if you're a male, and 30:21 if you're a female.

The current 10K world records were set by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethopia in 2002 in Doha, Africa, and Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain in San Juan, Peru, in 2003.

Ottawa Race Weekend race director John Halverston set Ottawa's 10K record in 1988 with a time of 28:12 minutes.

The Ottawa Race Weekend is held May 23 and 24, with the 10K event to be held May 23. Canada's premier running festival also includes the marathon, half-marathon, kids‚ marathon, wheelchair marathon, 5K and 2K distances.