Race Profile: Canada Army Run
Big, bold and all-Canadian
September 17, 2017
Distances: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 5K/10K Child Run, 3-Person Relay (5K, 10K, Half Marathon)
Start: Corner of Laurier and Elgin Street, Ottawa
Finish: Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa
Expected Number of Half Marathon Participants: 8,000 (25,000 all events)
This year marks Canada’s sesquicentennial. From coast-to-coast, plans are underway for a nation-wide, year-long celebration of our great country. Canada Army Run in Ottawa (September 17, 2017), arguably already Canada’s most patriotic race, is also getting in on the 150th anniversary action – concurrently finalizing plans for the sesquicentennial and their own 10th anniversary. In other words, this is going to be big! Canada Army Run is our pick for the “Must Do” patriotic race of 2017!
Established in 2008, Canada Army Run has quickly grown from a one day event to one of Canada’s largest running events featuring multiple race distances, an expo and patriotic celebrations all weekend long. With its trademark dog tag medals, start “cannon” and soldiers handing out medals at the finish line, this event is distinctly military in feel. Funds raised by participants support Soldier On and Support Our Troops, organizations that provide assistance to injured and ill soldiers and military families in need.
This year participants can choose from myriad event distances; half marathon, 10K, 5K, relay and kids events, with the inclusion of ill and injured athletes in each event. Participants in the Commander’s Challenge will tackle both the 5K and half marathon events on the same day. To mark 100 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which helped define Canada as a nation, the Vimy Challenge, where participants take on the 5K followed by the 10K, was also added to the 2017 event line-up. In addition to the races, the Canada Army Run features a full runner’s expo, a military field kitchen-style pasta dinner and live entertainment. And while full details of the 150th celebrations have not yet been announced, Deputy Race Director Jeff Moyle recently confided that big plans are underway to ensure participants can celebrate in style!