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Canada Army Run set to go virtual in 2020

September's Canada Army Run has been cancelled, but race organizers have planned a virtual races instead

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The 2020 edition of the Canada Army Run was set for September 20, but race organizers have officially decided to cancel this year’s races and replace them with a virtual event. The Army Run is one of the biggest events on the Canadian running calendar, with multiple races offered to participants. In 2019, close to 20,000 people participated in the different Canada Army Run events, and although there won’t be a physical course for athletes to run this year, runners will still get the opportunity to participate in the annual race and support Canadian troops.

Canada Army Run races

There are several races featured at the annual Canada Army Run. Participants can choose to race a 5K, a 10K or a half-marathon. There are also the Commander’s and Victory challenges, which combine different events. Runners who enter the Commander’s Challenge run the 5K and half-marathon, and those registered for the Victory Challenge run the 5K and 10K. All races are held on the same day, so these challenges make for a busy and tiring morning of running. There is also a specific “Ill, Injured and Disabled” athlete category for each of the races.

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Photo: Canada Army Run.

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2020 virtual event

In a short statement on the Canada Army Run website announcing the change to a virtual event, race officials wrote that the “health and safety of our runners, our volunteers, military members, fans, stakeholders and the public at large is always our highest priority.” They have yet to go into detail as to what the virtual event will look like, when it will be open for racers or how it will work, but as more information becomes available and the virtual races come into form, we will be sure to keep registrants and runners who are interested in racing up to date.