10 reasons why Canada Army Run is one of the country's most unique races
Plus, some tips on making the most of this year's virtual event
Canada Army Run was saddened to cancel their live event this year, but have been extremely grateful by the support they received since announcing the virtual edition.
Canada Army Run announced they become a sold-out event, but Canadians can still play a vital role in the continued success of the Canada Army Run family by donating to the event’s incredible charitable partners Support Our Troops and Soldier On.
With the virtual race coming up in a few days, we wanted to share some of the top ways to make the most of the Canaday Army Run: Virtual as well as some things we just love about it.
Herewith, the top 10 things that make Canada Army Run a truly unique experience.
Race day support
Canada Army Run’s goal is to have you ready before race day. They have been working overtime to deliver race kits to participants in advance of the start of the event, to ensure you can enjoy some of the things you love about racing with them. Whether it is your exclusive merchandise or fuel from Nuun Sport and Xact nutrition, they want you to be ready to tackle the race.
A vital fundraiser
The Canada Army Run also provides crucial funding to the Soldier On and Support Our Troops funds. The event has raised more than $3.6 million since it began in 2008. These organizations are vital to injured soldiers like Major Simon Mailloux, who lost his leg below his knee while serving in Afghanistan. In spite of his injury sustained, his goal was to return to service and running but he knew the road to recovery would be hard.
“Soldier On was a big part of the recovery process because they showed me that rehab doesn't need to be done solely in a medical setting, which I realized wasn’t for me. My recovery was done with the Forces and while having fun, it made a big difference,” he said.
Sharing your family’s story
One of the truly unique aspects of Canada Army Run is Remembrance, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion - a moving on-course feature that showcases photographs of veterans who have passed as a way to honour loved ones that served. This year, the feature has moved to a digital format. We invite you to take a moment as we commend the heroic actions and courage taken by these men and women.
A truly national run
For the first time since 2008, Canadians across the country had the opportunity to show their support for the Canadian Armed Forces by participating in Canada Army Run: Virtual. The virtual format has allowed
Lesley Quinlan, Canada Army Run Race Director started participating in 2016, although she had first heard about Canada Army Run when she was living in the West Coast.
“I was one of those people who didn't get the chance to come to Ottawa and truly experience the race. Nevertheless, the messaging from friends was always positive and made me look forward to experiencing it myself. So when we started moving around the country because my husband is also in the army, we finally had a chance to come and participate. That’s when I understood the powerful and symbolic nature of the event and we were beyond excited we were able to expand our reach.”
DIY finish line
Choose that perfect spot to finish up your 2020 Canada Army Run, and have a family member on hand or give yourself a virtual high-five, just like the Canadian veterans would at the real event — a moment we all savour.
Try, try again
If your finishing time isn’t what you hoped for then why not try to improve it! As long as you are within the timeframe to complete and record your time, participants can re-attempt as many times as you want! There are many ways to record your time, from manual entry to the updated Asics Runkeeper app.
“At the end of your run, you upload the results to the race roster page,” Quinlan explained. “Super simple, and then voila, you are part of Canada Army Run family. The good news is that it really is simple. And you can do it from anywhere.”
Time to get creative
With a virtual run, participants have the opportunity to create their unique course. It could be in your neighbourhood or a nearby location. Get creative and share your course with the Canada Army Run crew! Don’t forget to tag Canada Army Run, here are their social media handles:
· Facebook: @CanadaArmyRun
· Twitter: @CanadaArmyRun
· Instagram: @canadaarmyrun
The coolest merch with the strongest message
When you wear our gear, you are showing your support to those in the Canadian Armed Forces. The Canada Army Run race shirts, hats and merchandise have featured Canada’s CADPAT design, and this year is no different. Show your Canadian pride and wear your gear on race day and year-round!
Sometimes good enough is good enough
Motivation can be a tricky thing these days, and just finishing is an amazing accomplishment. Our virtual leaderboard is for bragging rights only - no prize money, no podium, no stage. Compete with others, friends, or just yourself!
A special community
Canada Army Run is more than just a race. It’s about Canadians and the Canadian Armed Forces joining together in the spirit of camaraderie and community. It’s a chance for the troops to extend the military esprit de corps to Canadians. And, it’s an opportunity for Canadians to say thanks to the men and women who serve them in so many ways at home and abroad. It is that camaraderie keeping participants coming back year after year and has made the virtual event such a success.
“I love what this event stands for,” said Lindsay Chung, last year when asked about the race. “Participating in Canada Army Run is a chance for me to show my support for our Canadian Armed Forces members and our veterans, to thank them and to raise money to help them.”
The Canada Army Run team can’t wait to see participants back, and are cheering you on every step until then!