The Canada Army Run, which takes place this year on September 22, recently announced a change in the start line location. The races previously started at Ottawa City Hall on Elgin Street, but will now start on Booth Street in LeBreton Flats, adjacent to the iconic Canadian War Museum.

The 5K, 10K and half-marathon races honour Canada’s military heritage and our men and women serving around the world. Runners can also opt for the Commander’s Challenge (the 5K and half-marathon) or the Normandy Challenge (the 5K and 10K). All races take place on Sunday, September 22.

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The races feature technical T-shirts with the Canadian Army camouflage pattern, dog-tag-style medals, displays of military history and equipment and military bands throughout the day on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. The start gun is actually a 105-mm Howitzer. There is also a BMO Kids’ Zone featuring a military-style obstacle course, face painting and military vehicles for kids to sit in.

The event started in 2008, with the support of Running Room and 7,000 participants–far more than expected. The races’ popularity grew quickly, and the 10K was added in 2017. There are a number of categories for ill, injured and disabled veterans and civilians.

 

Fundraising efforts from the races support Soldier On and Support Our Troops–official funds of the Canadian Armed Forces that provide financial aid to ill and injured soldiers and their families. More than $3 million has been raised so far.

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