Limited spots still available for Canada Army Run


Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017

The 10th annual Canada Army Run is almost here! Do not miss your chance to participate in this milestone year.

Here is how you can get involved:
· Register to walk, run or roll on Sunday, September 17th: There are still a limited number of spots remaining in the 5K, the 10K and the half marathon.

· Fundraise for Canada Army Run or make a donation: Proceeds from Army Run support Soldier On and the Support our Troops fund, programs that provide assistance to ill and injured soldiers and military families in need.

· Volunteer: Canada Army Run needs volunteers to help make this year’s event the best one yet! You are able to choose the area you would like to volunteer in and you can volunteer with family and friends. This is also an ideal opportunity for high school students 14 years and older to fulfill their Community Involvement Activities required for Ontario Secondary School Diplomas.

In addition to the running events, there is a full roster of activities lined up for the weekend of 15 to 17 September, including a military equipment display, the Running Room Expo, live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday, panel discussions on the main stage on Saturday, and the BMO Kids’ Zone featuring the Juno Challenge, a child-friendly, military-themed obstacle course brought to you by OCR Academy. You can also meet Juno, the Army mascot, and, most importantly, support the race participants by cheering them on.

If you happen to be at Ottawa City Hall the morning of Saturday, September 16, do not miss the Joint Exercising of Freedom of the City by the 18 military units and three cadet corps who have been granted the honour by the City of Ottawa. As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, the Canadian Armed Forces are pleased to be part of this event. The parade begins at 9 a.m. outside the Heritage Building of City Hall at the corner of Lisgar and Elgin Streets.

On Saturday night, there is the traditional Canada Army Run pre-race pasta dinner served “military field-kitchen style” under tents in Confederation Park. It is prepared by military cooks experienced in cooking for troops in the field and is served by senior military leaders and local VIPs. This year’s exceptional speakers are Olympic marathoner, mother of three and dietician Krista DuChene, and five-time world champion parakayaker, Soldier On and Invictus Games athlete Bombardier (Retired) Christine Gauthier. The dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are $30 each.

From the cannon used as a starter pistol to the dog-tag-inspired medals given to finishers, Canada Army Run is military-themed from start to finish. This is no ordinary race and an event not to be missed. Join us for what promises to be an exciting, fun-filled weekend!

Race participants may pick up their race kits at Ottawa City Hall (Jean Pigott Place) between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 15 and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sept. 16.

Since 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $2.1 million in support of Soldier On and Support Our Troops fund.