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The Canada Army Run: celebrating service and fitness

The annual Canada Army Run is returning to Ottawa on Sept. 17

Canada Army Run Photo by: Canada Army Run

The Canada Army Run is returning to the streets of Ottawa this September to celebrate service, fitness and camaraderie. Established to honour and support the men and women who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces, the run is an opportunity for Canadians to thank them for the work they do both at home and abroad.

More than just a typical race, the Canada Army run is an experience filled with energy, enthusiasm, and the military “esprit de corps.” Participants can choose between the 5K, 10K and half-marathon, as well as two unique same-day multi-distance challenges combining the 5K with either the 10K or half-marathon, making it accessible to runners of all skill levels. Spectators cheer on the runners along the route, and military personnel greet them at the finish line to drape the event’s classic dog tag medals around their necks.

Canada Army Run
Photo: Canada Army Run

When and where 

This year’s in-person run will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17 in Ottawa. The races will start early on Sunday morning in the heart of the city, offering stunning views of iconic landmarks such as Parliament Hill, and will end close to the National War Memorial.

For those who can’t make it to Ottawa but who still want to be part of the event, organizers have brought back virtual race options. Virtual runners have between Sept. 8 and 29 to complete their chosen distance.

Canada Army Run
Photo: Canada Army Run

Supporting military causes

The primary purpose of the Canada Army Run is to demonstrate support and appreciation for the dedicated men and women who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. The event serves as a platform to showcase the significant contributions of the military, foster a sense of community between civilians and soldiers, and promote physical fitness and well-being.

This year’s event will be supporting two organizations – Support Our Troops and Soldier On. These are the two charitable causes of the Canadian Armed Forces, which provide support, services and assistance to military members, veterans and their families. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward these organizations, and participants have the opportunity to fundraise as well, either individually or as a team.

Canada Army Run
Photo: Canada Army Run

Options for everyone 

Runners have several options to choose from, depending on their abilities. Race options include:

In-person

5K
10K
5K + 10K (Sergeant Major’s Challenge)
Half-marathon
Half-marathon + 5K (Commander’s Challenge)

Virtual

5K
10K
5K + 10K (Sergeant Major’s Challenge)
Half-marathon
5K + 10K + half-marathon (Commander’s Challenge)

Canada Army Run
Photo: Canada Army Run

How to sign up 

Interested individuals can visit the Army Run’s official website, where they can register online. Participants can choose their preferred race category, create a fundraising page if they wish to contribute to the supported charitable causes and find all the necessary information related to the event schedule, training guides and logistical details.

 

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