Justin Trudeau races Canada Army Run 5K in Ottawa

The Prime Minister of Canada joins thousands of runners in Ottawa for the 5K as part of the Canada Army Run

Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau
Photo: Adam Scotti.

Spot Justin Trudeau on your morning run in Ottawa on Sunday?

The Prime Minister of Canada ran the 5K at the Canada Army Run, an event where “Canadians and the Canadian Armed Forces – Air Force, Army, and Navy – join together in the spirit of camaraderie and community.” (See nine photos of his run here.)

Trudeau, an avid runner (see examples here, here and here), met with participants at the start line along with Ottawa mayor Jim Watson and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan. According to Trudeau’s itinerary, he will be in Antigonish, N.S. later Sunday after doing the Canada Army Run, which included delivering “brief remarks” near the corner of Laurier Avenue and Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa.

Then, Trudeau is off the Montreal in the evening to cap off race day.

According to Sportstats, Trudeau ran 22:37.4 for 5K, his chip time, while his official gun time is 23:08.4, good enough for 365th overall. (Trudeau ran with bib 23 as he is the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada.) Adam Scotti, Trudeau’s official photographer, was on hand to capture a few scenes, including a photo in front of Parliament Hill.


There were 13,796 participants in the 5K, according to Sportstats. Governor General of Canada David Johnston was the official starter for the 5K, one of three Sunday races at the Canada Army Run including the newly-added 10K and the half-marathon.