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2017

News Release

Less than three weeks before Canada Army Run – register now!

August 30, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

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

Here is how people 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 of Freedom of the City 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 9:00 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!

 

Quick Facts 

  • Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is one of the most inspiring events in the country, where civilians, Canadian Armed Forces personnel and runners of all ages and abilities run, walk and roll together to show their pride as Canadians and as runners.
  • Since 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $2.1 million in support of Soldier On and Support Our Troops fund – two Canadian Armed Forces financial support programs that provide assistance to ill and injured soldiers and military families in need.
  • This year’s edition of Canada Army Run offers a variety of challenges for all fitness levels: the 5K, presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada, the 10K, in partnership with Canada 150, the Vimy Challenge (5K + 10K), in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, the half marathon and the Commander’s Challenge (5K + half marathon).
  • The Canada Army Run race weekend offers something for everyone, including a unique opportunity to interact with your Canadian Army.
  • Race participants may pick up their race kits at Ottawa City Hall (Jean Pigott Place) between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 15 and between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16.
  • Registration, fundraising, volunteering and Pasta Dinner ticket details can be found on our website at www.armyrun.ca.
  • The granting of the Freedom of the City by a municipality is one of the most esteemed honours to bestow on a military unit. In Canada, this traditional ceremony is symbolic and has been bestowed on Canadian military units whose origins stem from local militia formed in a particular city or town or Canadian military units who have won battle honours overseas. Since 1894, 18 military units and three Cadet Corps have been honoured to be granted the privilege of Freedom of the City of Ottawa.

Juno the Canadian Army Mascot is staying limber for Canada Army Run. Photo by Michael Timmermans, Communications Manager, Canada Army Run © DND/MDN 2017

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Contact

Michael Timmermans

Canada Army Run
Phone: 613-971-7279
Email: comms@armyrun.ca

2016

February 16, 2016

OTTAWA — Registration for the 2016 Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal is now open! The 5K and half marathon events will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

This year’s Canada Army Run will once again welcome 25,000 participants from across the country and the world as they run, walk, and roll in this truly unique event held in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Quick Facts

  • Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is one of the most inspiring events in the country, where civilians, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel, and runners of all ages and abilities run, walk, and roll together to show their pride as Canadians and as runners.
  • Since 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $1.6 million in support of Soldier On and the Military Families Fund – two CAF financial support programs that provide assistance to ill and injured soldiers and military families in need.
  • Last year, Canada Army Run received the Community Spirit Award at the 2015 Ottawa Tourism Awards in recognition of a business or organization in the tourism industry that organized, or participated in, a fundraising effort or service in support of a regional not-for-profit organization.
  • Since 2008, about 138,000 participants have taken part in Canada Army Run.
  • Registration details for Canada Army Run can be found on our new website at www.armyrun.ca.

Quotes

“Canada Army Run is distinct from all other running events in Canada. Each year, I look forward to welcoming participants to this truly inspiring event, where our men and women in uniform run, walk, and roll side-by-side with those who continuously show their support for the Canadian Armed Forces. I invite everyone to join us at this year’s Canada Army Run.”

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander, Canadian Army

“BMO is delighted to once again present the Canada Army Run. We are all enormously proud of our longstanding role supporting members of the military, their families and our veterans. They truly deserve the honour and respect that Canadians provide them every day. Come join us in 2016 to celebrate and cheer on our heroes.”

Sandra Henderson, Senior Vice-President, Eastern Ontario Division, BMO Bank of Montreal

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News Release

Over 23,000 Participants Took Part in 9th Annual Canada Army Run

September 18, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today, over 23,000 participants ran, walked and rolled through the National Capital Region in the 9th annual Canada Army Run, presented by BMO. During the race, Canadian Armed Forces personnel and ill and injured soldiers were accompanied by participants of all ages and abilities.

Canada Army Run was happy to welcome various distinguished members as they ran the race alongside other participants including the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister; and Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army. Also in attendance were Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada; and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, both Patrons of Canada Army Run.

Canada Army Run would like to congratulate all participants in this year’s Run, in particular to the first place finishers of each event:

  • 5K: Alex Berhe, top male finisher, and Katie Phillips, top female finisher
  • 5K ill/injured/disabled: Mohammad Khashan, top male finisher, and Ruth Hurst, top female finisher
  • Half-marathon: Thomas Des Brisay, top male finisher, and Rachel Hannah, top female finisher
  • Half-marathon ill/injured/disabled: Joey Desjardins, top male finisher, and Christine Gauthier, top female finisher

Official results from today’s event are available at www.sportstats.com.

 

Quotes

“Members of the Canadian Armed Forces make sacrifices every day to keep our country safe whether at home or abroad, and the incredible amount of support we receive from Canadians is quite humbling. On behalf of the Canadian Army and our families, thank you. I look forward to seeing everyone next year to celebrate our 10th anniversary.”

Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army

 

Quick Facts

  • Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is one of the most inspiring events in the country, where civilians, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel, and runners of all ages and abilities run, walk, and roll together to show their pride as Canadians and as runners.
  • Since 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $1.6 million in support of Soldier On and the Military Families Fund – two CAF financial support programs that provide assistance to ill and injured soldiers and military families in need.
  • New to this year, the Commander’s Challenge is an official event within Canada Army Run where participants run, walk or roll officially in both the 5K and half marathon events. In addition, upon completion of the challenge, participants receive a special coin as well as their dog tag medals. Also new this year is the Juno Challenge, where kids who complete a military-themed obstacle course in the BMO Kids’ Zone will take home a special medal.
  • The Canada Army Run race weekend offers something for everyone, including a unique opportunity to interact with your Canadian Army.

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2015

OTTAWA (September 20, 2015)  – Close to 25,000 people from across the country ran, walked, and rolled through the streets of Ottawa and Gatineau in the 8th annual Canada Army Run, presented by BMO – one of the most unique running events in the country. The event raised approximately $400,000 for Soldier On and the Military Families Fund, two Canadian Armed Forces financial support programs.

Among the VIPs who took part in official ceremonies were His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada (and patron of the event); Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army; Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; and Sandra Henderson, Senior Vice President, Eastern Ontario Division, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking, BMO Financial Group.

The official results from today’s event are available atwww.sportstats.ca.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2008, more than $1.6 million has been raised through Canada Army Run for Soldier On and the Military Families Fund. Canada Army Run is the single most significant event generating funds to help military members and their families.
  • On April 30, 2015, Canada Army Run received the 2015 Ottawa Tourism Award for Community Spirit.
  • Canada Army Run’s 5K, which sold out in August, is one of the largest 5K events in Canada.
  • The presenting sponsor of Canada Army Run is BMO. A list of all sponsors is located here.
  • Follow Canada Army Run on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope.

Quotes

“I’m proud of how significant Canada Army Run has become and humbled by the tremendous support Canadians continue to show our members of the Canadian Armed Forces. These individuals make sacrifices every day to keep Canadians safe at home and abroad, so support from those whom they protect means so much. On behalf of our men and women in uniform and their families, thank you.”

-Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army

 

OTTAWA (August 1, 2015) – Doctor Steve Daniel, one of the first beneficiaries of Soldier On and a retired Sergeant in the Canadian Army, will be the guest speaker at Canada Army Run’s traditional pre-race pasta dinner to share words of inspiration and encouragement September 19.

After a serious parachuting accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, Dr. Daniel was able to recover and go on to row for Canada at the Beijing Paralympics. This spring he graduated from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Canada Army Run’s pre-race pasta dinner is 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 military leaders and local dignitaries. A small team of cooks work from two on-site military kitchen trailers to serve more than 600 people. Tickets for $30 can be purchased here.

Quick Facts

  • Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, offers both 5K and half-marathon events on Sunday September 20. Registration details can be found at www.armyrun.ca.
  • The Canada Army Run route guides participants past many notable sites in Canada’s Capital, including Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, Confederation Park, Ottawa City Hall, and the Rideau Canal.
  • Since 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $1.2 million in support of Soldier On and Military Families Fund.
  • On April 30, 2015, Canada Army Run accepted the Community Spirit Award at the 2015 Ottawa Tourism Awards ceremony in recognition of a business or organization in the tourism industry that organized, or participated in, a fundraising effort or service in support of a regional not-for-profit organization.

Quotes

“Dr. Steve Daniel is an inspiration to us all – whether we are soldiers, students, athletes, or parents. Faced with an accident that changed his life, he persevered. I look forward to hearing Dr. Daniel speak to his experience and how he continues to be strong, proud and ready. ”

– Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander, Canadian Army

“I credit my early return to sport as the most important factor in my rehabilitation. The fitness I gained has allowed me to live a fully-engaged life as a father, husband, and student.”

– Dr. Steve Daniel

Ottawa, ON (July 6, 2015) – Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, announced today that VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has become a sponsor of the 2015 Canada Army Run. VIA Rail is proud to offer participants of the run exclusive discounted rates for travel to and from Ottawa for the event, as well as exciting prizes for the weekend, including a trip on VIA Rail’s iconic long-distance train, the Canadian.

To take advantage of this offer, details are available on the Participant Dashboard portion of the Canada Army Run/Events Online website.

Quick Facts

  • The prize packages offered by VIA Rail include vouchers valued at $500 for the top six finishers in each category (12 total), as well as a grand prize to be presented on Saturday September 19 during the Pasta Dinner — a trip for two on the Canadian, which travels from Toronto to Vancouver, in the sleeper plus cabin, including all meals.
  • VIA Rail is also sponsoring a new prize draw for participants in the Ill and Injured category. This prize consists of a trip for two on the Ocean, which travels from Montreal to Halifax, in the sleeper plus cabin, or in the new private and accessible Renaissance car, according to the winner’s needs. Once again, all meals are included.
  • Proceeds and fundraising efforts from Canada Army Run supportSoldier On and the Military Families Fund. More than $1.2 million has been raised through Canada Army Run for these two charitable organizations.
  • Registration details for Canada Army Run can be found atarmyrun.ca. Canada Army Run is already 65 per cent sold out, so register now.

Quotes

“VIA Rail is a valued new partner and we are thrilled to have them on board for the next part of our journey. Their generous support is helping us make Canada Army Run an even greater success. Together, we are strong, proud, and ready.”

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander, Canadian Army

“It was natural for us to partner with the 2015 Canada Army Run and bring participants to Ottawa for an amazing week and to support a great cause. VIA Rail has been a proud supporter of Canada’s military for years now and has transported over 115,000 military personnel and their families since 2010 under a special discount fare. VIA Rail is proud to promote efforts and enhance the well-being of those who defend Canada’s values at home and abroad.”

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of VIA Rail

About Canada Army Run
Proceeds and fundraising efforts from Canada Army Run supportSoldier On and the Military Families Fund – organizations that provide support to ill and injured soldiers on their road to recovery, and to military families who face unforeseen and often immediate needs as a result of conditions of service. Since 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $1.2 million for these two charitable organizations.

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada (viarail.ca) and its 2,500 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years, and was the recipient of the 2012 Agent’s Choice Award voted by Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail. About VIA Rail:www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail

OTTAWA, ON (June 11, 2015) – Canada Army Run announced today that Running Room—a major sponsor since the event began eight years ago—has renewed its sponsorship for another three years. As part of the agreement, Running Room will also become the title sponsor of Canada Army Run’s growing Sports Expo.

In addition to helping promote the event in a multitude of ways, Running Room founder and CEO John Stanton, also an Honorary Colonel, is personally involved throughout Canada Army Run weekend—including announcing at the start and finish lines, and giving the much-anticipated Pasta Dinner pep talk. Running Room also sponsors the cadre of walking and running pace bunnies who help participants meet their 5K and half marathon finish-time goals.

Quick Facts

  • Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is one of the fastest growing runs in the country.
  • Proceeds and fundraising efforts from Canada Army Run supportSoldier On and the Military Families Fund. More than $1.2 million has been raised through Canada Army Run for these two charitable organizations.
  • On April 30, Canada Army Run received the 2015 Ottawa Tourism Award for Community Spirit.
  • Registration details for Canada Army Run can be found atwww.armyrun.ca.
  • In true military style, The Running Room “Camp Army Run” Sports Expo will be housed in a 17,000-square-foot tent in Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall. It will be the biggest and best yet, offering something for everyone.
  • Many Running Room stores offer half marathon and 5K training clinics to ready participants for Canada Army Run. A list of available clinics is located here.
  • Year round, Running Room provides Canadian Armed Forces members with a 10% discount on in-store purchases.

Quotes

“Running Room has been with us since we first approached the start line, and has played a significant role in helping us grow, and shape Canada Army Run into the destination event it is today. We are delighted to take this next step in the evolution of our partnership, and eagerly anticipate this year’s successes. Together, we are strong, proud, and ready.”

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse
Commander, Canadian Army

“Join us at this iconic Canada Army Run, where together we can show our support and pride for the men and women who proudly wear the uniform of the Canadian Army. It’s a great day to celebrate being a proud Canadian!”

John Stanton, Founder and CEO Running Room

OTTAWA, ON (May 1, 2015) – On April 30th, Canada Army Run was honoured to accept the 2014 Community Spirit Award at the 2015 Ottawa Tourism Awards ceremony.

The Community Spirit Award is given in recognition of a business or organization in the tourism industry that organized, or participated in, a fundraising effort or community service activity that supported a charitable or not-for-profit organization in Canada’s Capital Region.

Proceeds and fundraising efforts from Canada Army Run supportSoldier On and the Military Families Fund – organizations that provide support to ill and injured soldiers on their road to recovery, and to military families who face unforeseen and often immediate needs as a result of conditions of service. Since 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $1.2 million for these two charitable organizations.

This award highlights the important role that each participant and spectator plays in contributing to the community spirit of Canada Army Run, making the event unlike any other run in the country.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ottawa Tourism Awards are held to celebrate the individuals, organizations and events that have set high standards and demonstrated outstanding achievement; contributing to the growth and development of tourism throughout Canada’s Capital Region.
  • Canada Army Run takes participants past many notable and scenic sites in Canada’s Capital and, last year, drew approximately 10,000 participants from outside the region. This year’s Canada Army Run will be held on Sunday, 20 September, 2015.
  • Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is one of the fastest growing runs in the country; the number of participants has more than tripled, from 7,000 in the inaugural run in 2008 to more than 27,000 in 2015.
  • Canada Army Run participants can walk, run, or roll in 5K and half marathon distances; in addition to participants, tens of thousands line the streets to cheer on those running, walking, or rolling.

QUOTES

“I am extremely proud of this event. The phenomenal support shown by Canadians for their Army is surpassed only by our gratitude to them for their support, and I would like to thank Ottawa Tourism for this recognition. I look forward to once again welcoming participants and supporters alike this September as we celebrate the wonderful community for which Canada Army Run is known.”

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander, Canadian Army

“It is always inspiring to see the impact that an organization can have on our community. Our tourism partners are very involved in this respect and go above and beyond their mandates. Ottawa Tourism feels it’s important to showcase the work that our members are doing to support charitable causes. Their admirable actions transcend tourism and truly make a difference in our community and beyond.”

Noel Buckley, President and CEO, Ottawa Tourism

2014

OTTAWA (December 3, 2014) – Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, today donated $400,000 in fundraising and proceeds from the 2014 event to Soldier On and the Military Families Fund. Following on the tremendous success of this year, the Canadian Army also announced the 2015 Canada Army Run will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Registration for the 5K and half marathon events will open on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. An additional 2,000 spots will also be added to this year’s run  – 1,500 to the 5K and 500 to the half marathon – bringing the total number of participants to a record 27,000 (14,500 in the 5K and 12,500 in the half marathon).

Quick Facts

  • Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is one of the fastest growing runs in the country; the number of participants has more than tripled, from 7,000 in the inaugural run in 2008 to more than 25,000 in 2014.
  • Proceeds and fundraising efforts from Canada Army Run supportSoldier On and the Military Families Fund. More than $1.2 million has been raised through Canada Army Run for these two charitable organizations.
  • Registration details for Canada Army Run can be found atwww.armyrun.ca.

Quotes

“I am thrilled by just how popular this event has become. Its phenomenal growth has been outpaced only by the support shown by Canadians for their Army. I look forward to welcoming another record number of participants in 2015 – and to have the opportunity to showcase our Canadian Army, which stands strong, proud and ready to serve Canadians.”

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse
Commander, Canadian Army

“On the heels of the event’s most successful year yet, we congratulate all those that supported the 2014 Canada Army Run. BMO is honoured to be an ongoing supporter of the national defence efforts and looks forward to working with all the volunteers and participants to make next year’s event a memorable one.”

Sandra Henderson,
Senior Vice President, Eastern Ontario Division, BMO Bank of Montreal

OTTAWA (September 21, 2014) – More than 25,000 Canadians and members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) ran, walked, and rolled today in the seventh annual Canada Army Run—presented by BMO—widely acknowledged as the fastest growing run in the country.

Among the VIPs who participated in the Opening Ceremonies were Their Excellencies, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, patrons of the event; the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence; Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army; Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; Honorary Colonel Rick Hansen; and Sandra Henderson, Senior Vice President, Eastern Ontario Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.

Canada Army Run attracts a wide variety of participants. Some come in celebration of family members who had careers in the military, or of loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Others come to salute Canada’s ill and injured soldiers, whose participation demonstrates for all the true spirit of “soldiering on.”  Thousands of other runners attend to simply say “thank you” to the men and women of the CAF for all they do to keep Canadians safe at home and abroad.

Quick Facts

  • Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is one of the fastest growing runs in the country; the number of participants has more than tripled, from 7,000 in the inaugural run to more than 25,000 in 2014.
  • In addition to participants, tens of thousands lined the streets to cheer on those running, walking, or rolling.
  • This year’s half marathon participants had the exciting opportunity to run through the grounds of Rideau Hall.
  • Proceeds and fundraising efforts from Canada Army Run supportSoldier On and the Military Families Fund. As of 2013, more than $800,000 has been raised through Canada Army Run for these two charitable organizations.
  • The 2014 Canada Army Run has so far raised $350,000.00 for Soldier On and the Military Families Fund.  Donations continue to be received, and a full tally of this year’s fundraising will be announced shortly.
  • Complete run results are available at www.sportstats.ca.

Quotes

“The Canadian Armed Forces protect the interests of Canadians, a responsibility that is at times challenging and requires sacrifice. Today’s event has been an excellent opportunity for Canadians to demonstrate their support for our men and women in uniform and honour our country’s proud military heritage.”

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C.
M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence

“On behalf of the Canadian Army, I want to thank Canadians for their support during Canada Army Run, and all throughout the year. The energy during today’s event has been electric. It has been an atmosphere of community and camaraderie, while contributing directly to our ill and injured members and their families. Your Canadian Army is Strong. Proud. Ready. Strong in our community ties, proud of this event, and ready to serve Canadians.”

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse
Commander Canadian Army

“We take great pride in our partnership with the Canadian Defence Community and supporting Canada’s soldiers and their families. As the oldest bank in Canada, BMO’s support of national defence efforts has deep roots in Canadian history and Canada Army Run is a celebration of this legacy.”

Sandra Henderson
Senior Vice President, Eastern Ontario Division, BMO Bank of Montreal

OTTAWA (September 12, 2014) – Canada Army Run organizers are proud to announce that Honorary Colonel Rick Hansen will be a special guest speaker at this year’s pasta dinner which will be held September 20th in Ottawa. HCol Hansen is also participating in the 5K event September 21st with members of Soldier On.

HCol Hansenwill speak during thesold-out Army Run’s dinner about his life’s experience – from his Man In Motion World Tour to his present-day passion of improving the lives of people with disabilities. His life journey is proof that anything is possible and any challenge can be overcome.

Quick Facts:

  • HCol Hansenis one ofthe mostdecoratedParalympic athletesto date and a leader in advocating for people with disabilities.
  • HCol Hansen was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Joint Personnel Support Unit of the Canadian Armed Forces in 2012. This organizationoffers support programsfor retiredand active military members with visible and non-visible injuries,and their families.
  • He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Rick Hansen Foundation, a charity that actively improves the lives of people with disabilities, removes barriers and funds innovative spinal cord injury research.
  • The Rick Hansen Foundation has raised nearly $300 million since the Man In Motion World Tour.

Quotes:

“I am proud to see Rick Hansen in uniform as the Honorary Colonel of the Joint Personnel Support Unit. I would like to personally welcome him to Canada Army Run, not just as a guest speaker, but as an inspiring participant.”
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C.
M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence

“I am thrilled that Honorary Colonel Rick Hansen will be joining us for Canada Army Run. His tireless advocacy for those with disabilities and his support for the Canadian Armed Forces are inspirational. We welcome his participation at Canada Army Run as we seek to raise funds to improve the lives of our ill and injured soldiers and military families.”
Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse
Commander Canadian Army

“It’s an incredible honour to participate in the Canada Army Run alongside members of our country’s Armed Forces, their families and veterans who have sacrificed so much for the safety and protection of others. I am humbled by the opportunity to recognize the strength and unity of our Armed Forces and connect with those who bravely defend us every day – they are true heroes.”
Honorary Colonel Rick Hansen

OTTAWA (May 15, 2014) – The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is pleased to announce that Rideau Hall, the official residence of Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, will be part of the official course of the Canada Army Run Half Marathon, on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Read more here.

OTTAWA (March 6, 2014) – Canada Army Run organizers announced today that BMO Bank of Montreal has signed a three-year agreement to become the presenting sponsor of the event, widely recognized as the fastest growing run in Canada.

Since its launch in 2008, Canada Army Run has exceeded all initial expectations for growth. The number of participants has more than tripled, from 7,000 in the inaugural run to more than 22,000 in 2013. It has sold out for the last three years, months ahead of the event, and is expected to sell out again this year, with 25,000 participants.

Registration for the 2014 Canada Army Run opens today, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. This year’s event will be held September 21, 2014.

Quick Facts

  • BMO Bank of Montreal is the official bank of the Defence Community in partnership with Canadian Defence Community Banking (CDCB). CDCB is specifically designed for the Defence Community and offers cost-effective banking plans with unique features tailored to the military lifestyle and needs.
  • Proceeds and fundraising efforts from Canada Army Run supportSoldier On and the Military Families Fund. More than $800,000 has been raised through Canada Army Run for these two charitable organizationsand the More than $800,000 has been raised through Canada Army Run for these two charitable organizations.

Quotes

“We are excited to welcome BMO at the highest level of sponsorship possible with Canada Army Run. BMO’s contribution and involvement will go a long way towards helping build Canada Army Run into a North American destination event and in ensuring its continued success.”
– Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army

“BMO has a long history of supporting our men and women in uniform, so we see this new partnership with Canada Army Run as building on that tradition. The banking services program we have developed to meet the needs of military members, families and veterans also represent our way of giving thanks for their service, and we look forward to further serving these exceptional men and women through this sponsorship.”
– Sandra Henderson, Senior Vice President, Eastern Ontario

2013

September 22, 2013

OTTAWA – More than 22,000 Canadians and members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) ran, walked, and rolled today in the sixth annual Canada Army Run – widely acknowledged as the fastest growing run in the country. The run, which has broken attendance records since it was launched in 2008, sold out in June.

Among the VIPs who took part in the Opening Ceremonies were Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, patrons of the event; the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence; Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army; and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

“Our Canadian Armed Forces play a vital role in protecting the interests of Canadians and we know that this service is not without challenge or sacrifice,” said Minister Nicholson. “The turnout for Canada Army Run speaks volumes about the level of support that this community – and this country – has for our men and women in uniform, while contributing directly to supporting our ill and injured members and their families.”

“Canada Army Run provides an incredible opportunity for those of us in uniform to meet Canadians from across the country and to come together as one in the spirit of community and camaraderie,” said LGen Hainse. “On behalf of the Canadian Army, we sincerely appreciate the support Canadians have shown us and feel immense pride in the growing popularity of this event.”

Canada Army Run attracts a wide variety of participants. Some come in celebration of family members who had careers in the military, or of loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Others come to salute Canada’s ill and injured soldiers, whose participation demonstrates for all the true spirit of “soldiering on.” Thousands of other runners attend to simply say “thank you” to the men and women of the CAF for all they do to keep Canadians safe at home and abroad.

Fundraising efforts and proceeds from this year’s Canada Army Run have generated more than $300,000 for Soldier On and the Military Families Fund, with donations still coming in.

Complete results are available here.

Ottawa (September 4) – Canada Army Run announced today that Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will become patrons of Canada Army Run.

The Governor General, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of Canada, has participated in the last two Canada Army Runs – both in an official capacity and as a participant. In 2011, he ran the half marathon and in 2012, the 5K. Her Excellency has also participated.

“Their Excellencies are champions and role models for overall fitness, family and community values, and are enthusiastic supporters of our men and women in uniform,” said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, the Commander of the Canadian Army. “For our soldiers, who are often put in harm’s way to keep Canadians safe at home and abroad, that support is important and so very much appreciated.”

Canada Army Run – now in its sixth year – remains the fastest growing run in Canada. Even with the addition of 4,000 additional spots this year, the event sold out in early June, with 22,000 people registered to run, walk or roll in a 5K or half marathon event on September 22.

Fundraising efforts and proceeds from Canada Army Run benefit the Military Families Fund and Soldier On. Last year’s event raised more than $250,000 for these charities.

About Canada Army Run

Canada Army Run, the fastest growing run in Canada, is a unique running event in which Canadians run, walk, or roll side-by-side with members of the Canadian Armed Forces in half marathon and 5K events. More than $250,000 was raised last year. Fundraising efforts and proceeds will once again benefit Soldier On and the Military Families Fund. The 2013 Canada Army Run is scheduled for Sunday, September 22.

More than 22,000 registered to run, walk, or roll

Ottawa (June 5) – The 2013 Canada Army Run, scheduled for Sunday, September 22, has sold out. More than 22,000 people have signed up to run, walk, or roll in the 5K and half marathon events – 12,000 in the 5K and 10,000 in the half marathon.

Last year, Canada Army Run, Ottawa’s premiere fall running event, sold out at the end of June, with more than 18,000 registered. An additional 4,000 spots were added this year to accommodate demand.

Fundraising efforts and proceeds from Canada Army Run benefit the Military Families Fund and Soldier On. Last year’s event raised more than $250,000 for these charities.

QUOTES

Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay: “Every day, at home and abroad, members of the Canadian Armed Forces are asked to make sacrifices. I’m delighted that Canada Army Run has sold out again and that so many Canadians will take advantage of this unique opportunity to personally thank our men and women in uniform for all they do to keep us safe.”

Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin:“I take immense pride in the growing popularity of this event and the tremendous support that Canadians continue to show our soldiers, who are always ready and hard at work on their behalf. Knowing we have the support of our family, friends, community, and country is so important both for morale and operational effectiveness. We are stronger for it.”

Canada Army Run Race Director, Major Simon Côté: “We are very happy and proud that this event has sold out again this year, particularly considering we added 4,000 spots this year. We will once again offer all participants a unique running experience and we look forward to hosting the biggest and best Canada Army Run yet!”

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Among the new initiatives for 2013:

Wave Starts.

    Wave starts will be introduced for both the 5K and half marathon to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for the growing number of participants.

Outdoor Sports Expo, extended hours.

    This year’s Expo will be outdoors, in a “tent-village” format and will be open on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Bib Transfers. The successful bib transfer process introduced last year will again be offered, this year for three weeks, beginning August 9.

New Technical T-Shirts.

    This year’s running shirts, which all participants receive as part of their registration fees, will sport a new design and the 5K shirt will be red instead of the traditional white.
  • Follow Canada Army Run on Facebook.
  • Follow Canada Army Run on Twitter.

About Canada Army Run

Canada Army Run, the fastest growing run in Canada, is a unique running event in which Canadians run, walk, or roll side-by-side with members of the Canadian Armed Forces in half marathon and 5K events. More than $250,000 was raised last year. Fundraising efforts and proceeds will once again benefit Soldier On and the Military Families Fund. The 2013 Canada Army Run is scheduled for Sunday, September 22.

2012

Ottawa (September 23) – More than 18,000 Canadians and members of the Canadian Forces ran, walked, or rolled together in the 5th Anniversary edition of Canada Army Run – acknowledged by running gurus as the fastest growing run in the country. This event, which has broken attendance records since it was launched in 2008, sold out in June.

Among the VIPs who took part in the Opening Ceremonies were His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada; the Commander of the Canadian Army Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin; Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay; and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

“It is always moving to see the enormous support Canadians show the men and women of the Canadian Forces, especially here, at the annual Canada Army Run,” said Minister MacKay. “The Canada Army Run is a great initiative, contributing directly to supporting our ill and injured CF members and their families. I am extremely proud to join my fellow Canadians today as we walk, run or roll alongside these true Canadian heroes.”

“I look forward to this event every year because of what it represents: an opportunity for Canadians and their Canadian Forces to come together as one in the spirit of community and camaraderie,” said LGen Devlin. “We sincerely appreciate the support Canadians have shown us and feel immense pride in the growing popularity of this event.”

As documented in the “Stories” sectionof the Canada Army Run website, people participate in this event for many different reasons. Some strive to break records or achieve personal bests. Some come in memory of parents or grandparents who spent their careers in the military, or of loved ones who lost their lives in the line of duty. Many are honouring family and friends who are in the military today. Others come to salute Canada’s injured and ill soldiers who participate and demonstrate for all the true spirit of “soldiering on”. And thousands of others come to simply thank the men and women of the Canadian Forces for all they do at home and abroad.

“Canadians deeply appreciate the sacrifices our military personnel make each and every day,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “I am humbled by how many Canadians join us in our nation’s capital to show their gratitude for those who are there for us when we need them.”

Fundraising efforts from this year’s Canada Army Run have generated more than $100,000 for Soldier On and the Military Families Fund, with donations still coming in. More than $150,000 in proceeds are also expected to be donated to Soldier On and the Military Families Fund.

Results from 2012 Canada Army Run
Complete results are available here.

INDIVIDUAL TOP FINISHERS

5K Male
1st: Lt Ryan McKenzie (Stittsville), 16:17.3
2nd: Maj Joe Boland (Ottawa), 16:19.6
3rd: Andrew Towle (Ottawa), 16:25.2

5K Female
1st: Leah Larocque (Ottawa), 18:03.7
2nd: Liz Maguire (Ottawa), 18:45.2
3rd: Morgan Johnson-Dugay (Ottawa), 18:56.2

Half Marathon Male
1st: Gezahgn Eshetu (Ethiopia), 1:06:42.6
2nd: Nick Best (Ottawa), 1:10:23.2
3rd: Kevin Coffey (Kingston), 1:11:07.0

Half Marathon Female
1st: Jutta Merilainen (Batawa), 1:21:23.0
2nd: Celine Best (Oromocto), 1:23:46.7
3rd: Georgette Mink (Midhurst), 1:25:31.6

Paralympian Medal Winner Jason Dunkerley to run in Canada Army Run: Will run to support Canada’s ill and injured soldiers and athletes with disabilities

Ottawa (September 20) – Five-time Paralympian medal recipient Jason Dunkerley, who received two medals at the 2012 London Games, will again participate in this year’s Canada Army Run, but not with the goal of breaking records or achieving a personal best. Instead, at the invitation of the Soldier On program (a beneficiary of Canada Army Run), he and his guide, Matt Stacey, will run the 5K with Canada’s injured and ill soldiers and other athletes with disabilities.

“The Paralympic movement had its start with injured soldiers,” says 35-year-old Dunkerley, who has been blind since birth, “so I do feel some connection. I am honoured to be able to run with some of Canada’s injured and ill and to offer my support because I’m grateful for all they do and the sacrifices they have made.”

Dunkerley, one of the world’s most prominent visually impaired middle-distance runners received silver and bronze medals earlier this month at the London Games, his fourth Paralympics. He won silver medals in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004) and a bronze in Beijing (2008).

“We’re delighted Jason will be at the 5K start line with our participants from the Soldier On program,” said program Officer in Charge Major Jay Feyko. “His high-profile achievements help shine a light on what individuals with disabilities can do, versus what they can’t, and that helps illuminate life’s opportunities.”

Some 115 people will be participating in the injured/ill/disabled events of Canada Army Run – 70 in the 5K and 45 in the half marathon. Of those, 19 will be competing in the new visually impaired category and 35 in the new half marathon hand cycle category. The injured and ill soldiers and athletes with disabilities start 15 minutes ahead of the mass start for each event: at 7:45 for the 5K and 8:45 for the half.

Fundraising efforts and proceeds for Canada Army Run benefit Soldier On and the Military Families Fund, initiatives that provide direct assistance to ill or injured soldiers and military families.

More than 18,000 to run, walk, or roll September 23

Ottawa (June 28) – The fifth anniversary edition of Canada Army Run, scheduled for September 23rd in the nation’s capital, has sold out and registration is now closed. More than 18,000 have signed up to run, walk or roll in what is expected to be the biggest and best Canada Army Run yet. More than 8,500 have registered for the half marathon and 9,500 for the 5K.

“I want to sincerely thank everyone who has registered for this great event,” said the Commander of the Canadian Army Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin. “You have chosen a very tangible and visible way to show your support for our men and women in uniform, who do so much to keep Canadians safe at home and abroad. We are deeply appreciative, and look forward to sharing our esprit de corps with you on September 23rd.”

The first-ever Canada Army Run, held in 2008, made Canadian history by shattering records for the largest number of entrants for an inaugural run (7,000). Since then, the run has continued to break records for growth, last year selling out in August at 16,000. Organizers capped this year’s event at 18,000 to ensure a safe rate of growth.

“I don’t think anyone conceived five years ago just how popular this event would become or how fast it would grow,” said Run Director Major Simon Côté. “And, it’s not just runners who are signing up. It’s attracting people from all walks of life and all age groups who just want to be part of a very special, and often very emotional, event.”

In addition to participating in the 5K and half marathon, there are many other ways for the community to get involved in Canada Army Run Weekend, which kicks off Friday, September 21, at 1:00 p.m. with a special Red Rally at Ottawa City Hall. Among the weekend activities are a military equipment display and sports expo.

“Two of the most significant ways,” said Major Côté, “are by signing up for one of the hundreds of volunteer positions available and/or by coming out on September 23 to cheer on the 18,000 participants as they walk, run, or roll to the finish line.”

Fundraising efforts and proceeds from Canada Army Run benefit the Military Families Fund and Soldier On.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Backgrounder is located here.
  • 2012 marks the 5th Anniversary of Canada Army Run.
  • This year’s run will take place the weekend after the Battle of Britain ceremonies and the Terry Fox Run.
  • Among the new initiatives for 2012:
    • Cheering Stations, which offer non-profit organizations (community associations, sports teams, schools, charities, and Cadet corps) the opportunity to win cash prizes ($3K, $2K, and $1K);
    • Introduction of a Visually Impaired category in the Disabled Athletes division for the 5K and half marathon; and
    • Introduction of a Hand Cycle category in the Disabled Athletes division for the half marathon.

2011

Results from “Biggest, Best” Canada Army Run
More than 16,000 participate

(Ottawa, September 18) – More than 16,000 Canadians and military personnel walked, ran, or rolled
side-by-side in the fourth annual Canada Army Run, held today under clear, sunny skies in the nation’s
capital. This sold-out event also brought together thousands more to cheer on participants in the 5K and
half-marathon events.

“I want to thank everyone involved in helping make this the biggest and best Canada Army Run yet,”
said the Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin. “My thanks goes out to
the participants, the volunteers, the sponsors and the thousands of others who came out today to show
support for the men and women of the Canadian Forces and to thank them for all they do at home and
abroad. It is so very much appreciated.”

During the opening ceremonies at today’s event, video footage from the KAF Canada Army Run, held
earlier in the day at the Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan was shown on a giant screen near the start line.
The KAF run, which drew more than 700 participants from multiple nations, mirrored the Ottawa event to
the extent possible.

“Having a KAF Canada Army Run, particularly on the same day as the run in Ottawa, is important to
Canadian Forces members here in Afghanistan,” said Brigadier-General Charles Lamarre,
Commander of the Mission Transition Task Force (MTTF). “There is a tangible sense of pride in the
Canadian Army and our success here in Afghanistan. We are happy to be sharing that with the
people who are running the event in Ottawa.”

Fundraising efforts from both events generated close to $100,000 for Soldier On and the Military
Families Fund, with donations still coming in. This total includes a $20,750 cheque presented during the
Ottawa Awards Ceremony by the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School.

Results from 2011 Canada Army Run

INDIVIDUAL TOP FINISHERS
5K Male
1st: Kevin Coffey (Kingston), 15:56.6
2nd: Robert Jewer (Halifax), 16:06.9
3rd: Richard Hayes (Kingston), 16:15.9

5K Female
1st: Kerri Lee Morgan Cook (Ottawa), 17:36.7
2nd: Caroline McInnes (Halifax), 17:40.1
3rd: Leah Larocque (Ottawa), 18:03.9

5K Male Ambulatory
1st: Nicolas Moquin (Gatineau), 24:46.3
2nd: Sean Chard (Ottawa), 26:08.8
3rd: Miles Smith (Ottawa), 35:30.8

5K Female Ambulatory
1st: Mila Kufrerova (Peterborough), 36:05.3
2nd: Barbara McKenzie (Kinburn), 38:21.5
3rd: Pamela Savage (Cornwall), 59:37.5

5K Male Amputees
1st: Tony DeAlmeida (Cantley), 27:10.2
2nd: Rick Rickard (Ottawa), 31:58.8
3rd: Christopher Hatton (Cole Harbour), 37:37.4

5K Female Amputees
1st: Kim Fawcett (Orleans), 26:16.2
2nd: Darlene Lofthouse (Peterborough), 36:31.9
3rd: Tori Beaman (Ottawa), 43:02.3

Half Marathon Male
1st: Joshua Karanja (Ottawa), 1:08:21.9
2nd: Nick Best (Victoria), 1:10:19.8
3rd: Matthew McInnes (Ottawa), 1:12:12.2

Half Marathon Female
1st: Rebecca Stallwood (Ottawa), 1:23:04.5
2nd: Jennifer Eberman (Toronto), 1:24:24.9
3rd: Hollie Gordon (Peterborough), 1:24:53.9

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About Canada Army Run
Canada Army Run is a unique running event in which Canadians run, walk, or roll side-by-side with
members of the Canadian Forces in half-marathon and 5K events. Launched in 2008 with 7,000
runners (a Canadian record for the largest number of entrants for an inaugural run), this event is
expected to grow to become a North American destination run. Fundraising efforts benefit Soldier
On and the Military Families Fund.

For more information, please contact:
Velma LeBlanc
613-794-4806 or
media@armyrun.ca

Ottawa (September 17) – More than 600 civilians and military personnel representing multiple
allied nations are expected to run tomorrow in the heat, dust and altitude of Kandahar Air Field
(KAF), Afghanistan in the KAF Canada Army Run.

The KAF version of Canada Army Run mirrors many parts of the Ottawa event, but local realities
dictate some adjustments. The 3rd annual KAF run, for example, happens the same day as its
Canadian counterpart and fundraising efforts go to the same beneficiaries: Soldier On and the
Military Families Fund. However, because of limited route choices and traffic constraints, the KAF
event features a 5K and 10K (no half marathon) and starts at 6:00 a.m., when temperatures are
cooler and traffic is lighter. T-shirts also sport short sleeves instead of long.

“Having a KAF Canada Army Run, particularly on the same day as the run in Ottawa, is important to
Canadian Forces members here in Afghanistan,” said Brigadier-General Charles Lamarre,
Commander of the Mission Transition Task Force (MTTF). “There is a tangible sense of pride in the
Canadian Army and our success here in Afghanistan. We are happy to be sharing that with the
people who are running the event in Ottawa.”

OTTAWA, September 9 – Canada Army Run, acknowledged by running gurus as “the fastest
growing run in Canada” has sold out for 2011. More than 16,000 are expected to run, walk or roll in
the September 18th event in the nation’s capital (8,000+ in the half marathon and 8,000+ in the 5K).

Although the half marathon sold out August 3 and the 5K August 22, 500 additional spots were
made available August 26 for the half marathon. Those spots have also now sold out.

“Every member of the Canadian Forces takes pride in the growing popularity of this event,” said
Commander of the Canadian Army Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin. “Although the event was
created as a way for the military to thank Canadians for their support, it has become clear that
Canadians also want to thank the men and women of the Canadian Forces for all they do at home
and abroad. And we sincerely appreciate that.”

The first-ever Canada Army Run, held in 2008, made Canadian history by shattering records for the
largest number of entrants for an inaugural run (7,000). Since then, the run has continued to break
records for growth, last year reaching 14,000. Organizers capped the run this year to ensure a safe
rate of growth.

“The City of Ottawa, in collaboration with the City of Gatineau and the National Capital Commission,
is delighted to host Canada Army Run Weekend, which is fast becoming one of the premiere race
events in the region,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “We look forward to welcoming participants
from across the province and the country to run for a great cause and to show support for our
military personnel.”

For those who missed registration, there are other ways to get involved, including the special Red
Rally Friday, September 16, the military equipment display, the Sports Expo, and the Saturday
evening pasta dinner.

“But as a minimum,” says Run Director Major Luc Frenette, “come out on Sunday and cheer on the
participants, including our injured and ill soldiers, who demonstrate the true spirit of ‘soldiering on’
and are an inspiration to us all.”

Fundraising efforts for Canada Army Run benefit Soldier On and the Military Families Fund.

2010

“Many Stories. One Inspiring Run.”

(Ottawa, September 19) – More than 14,000 Canadians and military personnel walked, ran, or rolled in
the third annual Canada Army Run, held today under sunny skies in the nation’s capital.

“Growing by another 3,000 people over last year’s total is phenomenal,” said Lieutenant-General Peter
Devlin, Commander of the Army. “We sincerely appreciate the support that Canadians have shown for
the men and women of the Canadian Forces who contribute so much at home and abroad. I want to
thank all of the participants, volunteers, sponsors, and people who came out to cheer for helping make
this the biggest and best Canada Army Run yet.”

The first-ever Canada Army Run, held in 2008, made Canadian history by shattering records for the
largest number of entrants for an inaugural run. The sold-out event brought together 7,000 civilians and
military personnel. Last year’s event broke records again, growing by more than 50% to 11,000
participants, to become “the fastest growing run in Canada”.

“The theme for this year’s run was ‘Many Stories, One Inspiring Run’, and that is what unfolded today,”
said Major Luc Frenette, Run Director. “Many, many stories. Young and old. Able and disabled. Military
and civilians. Men and women. Runners, walkers, rollers. Some came to achieve personal bests, but
many others came to honour family and friends in the military today or in memory of loved ones who lost
their lives in the line of duty. And thousands were here to simply show their support for the troops. It was
truly an inspirational and motivational day.”

Many who participated today shared their stories and reasons for running through posts on the Canada
Army Run “Stories” blog and Facebook page, both new this year.

“Canada Army Run has captured the imagination of Canadians like few runs before have ever done,”
said running guru John Stanton, who is president and founder of Running Room Inc., one of the
sponsors of Canada Army Run. “Its appeal extends far beyond the running community. Canadians from
all walks of life are embracing the unique opportunity to connect directly with our men and women in
uniform and say ‘thanks for all you do’.”

Fundraising efforts generated close to $60,000 for Soldier On and the Military Families Fund, initiatives
that provide direct assistance to ill or injured soldiers and military families.

Results from 2010 Canada Army Run

INDIVIDUAL TOP FINISHERS

5K Male
1st: Maya Aden (Ottawa), 14:52.1
2nd: Yves Sikubwabo (Ottawa), 14:52.2
3rd: Ryan McKenzie (Victoria), 15:13.0

5K Female
1st: Joanna Brown (Carp), 17:25.6
2nd: Liz Maguire (Ottawa), 18:05.2
3rd: Daniele Riendeau (Ottawa), 18:09.1

Half Marathon Male
1st: Patrick Marion (Ottawa), 1:11:17.2
2nd: Charles Nadeau (Quebec City), 1:11:32.0
3rd: Patrick Lalonde (L’Orignal), 1:15:45.2

Half Marathon Female
1st: Kerri Cook (Ottawa),1:23:28.1
2nd: Stacey Lance (Ottawa), 1:24:29.3
3rd: Susan Durrell (Ottawa), 1:24:30.9

OTTAWA (September 14) – Rick Ball, 44, who holds the single-leg amputee world records for
the 10K, half-marathon, and marathon will again run in Canada Army Run, but not with the goal
of breaking any records.

Ball plans to run the 5K side-by-side with Canada’s injured soldiers and other disabled athletes,
as a way of showing support for the men and women of the Canadian Forces while providing
encouragement and inspiration for others with disabilities.

“I am coming to support the troops, not to break records,” said Ball, who earned a world record
last year at Canada Army Run for the half marathon. “At the same time, I hope to provide
people with inspiration in terms of what is possible.”

Ball has also been invited to teach, together with other world-class athletes and coaches, at a
two-day advanced skills training clinic being held for ill and injured military personnel September
16 and 17. The clinic is being facilitated by Soldier On – a beneficiary of fundraising efforts from
Canada Army Run – in partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Athletics Canada,
and the Canadian Forces Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program.

“All of the organizations involved in this public-private partnership have the same goal,” said
Greg Lagacé, manager of Soldier On and one of its co-founders. “And that is to help the ill and
injured achieve their goals by increasing their independence, developing new skills, and
opening the door to other life opportunities. We’re delighted that Rick will be able to join us and
to share his own experiences.”

To date, Soldier On, which was created in 2007, has benefitted more than 100 ill and injured still
serving and retired military personnel. All of the injured/ill military personnel participating in the
clinic will also be walking, running, or rolling in Canada Army Run on September 19.
Fundraising efforts at Canada Army Run benefit Soldier On and the Military Families Fund,
initiatives that provide direct assistance to ill or injured soldiers and military families.

Useful links and facts:
• Canada Army run is the second largest running event in Ottawa, after Ottawa Race
Weekend.
• Organizers of the run are Run Ottawa, the same team that organizes Ottawa Race
Weekend.
• Weekend Agenda:
o Friday, September 17: Red Rally (hosted by Commander of the Army and Ottawa
Mayor), noon at City Hall, followed by opening of Army Equipment Display and Army
Run Sports Expo
o Saturday, September 18: Pasta dinner in Confederation Park
o Sunday, September 19: Opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 a.m., corner of Elgin and
Laurier.
• Online registration for the 5K and half marathon closes midnight, September 16. In-person
registration will continue at the Army Run Sports Expo until Saturday, September 18.
• Close to 40% of registered participants are from outside the Ottawa-Gatineau region, and
85% have non-military backgrounds. The youngest registered participant is 4 years old; the
oldest, 81.
• Media credentials will be required to gain access to certain areas on September 19
and to the press room.

Organizers to Cut Off Registration at 15,000

OTTAWA (September 2) – With more than two weeks to go, registration for the third annual
Canada Army Run, scheduled for September 19, has already passed last year’s total of 11,000,
positioning it for another record for growth.

Last year, the run grew more than 50 percent from the previous year to become what John
Halvorsen, president of Run Ottawa, called “the fastest growing run in Canada, possibly North
America”. This year, organizers plan to cut off registration at 15,000 if demand reaches that high.

“Although this event was created three years ago as a way for the military to thank Canadians for
their support, what has become clear is that Canadians want to thank the men and women of the
Canadian Forces for all they do at home and abroad to keep our country safe,” said LieutenantGeneral
Peter Devlin, Commander of the Army.

This sentiment is echoed on Canada Army Run’s website and Facebook page, where Canadians
and military personnel alike have shared their stories and personal reasons for why they will run,
walk, or roll in 2010 Canada Army Run. Some are trying to break records or achieve personal
bests. Some come in memory of parents or grandparents who spent their careers in the military, or
of loved ones who lost their lives in the line of duty. Many are honouring sons, daughters, brothers,
sisters, or mothers and fathers who are in the military today. Others come to salute Canada’s
injured soldiers who participate and demonstrate for all the true spirit of “soldiering on”. And
thousands of others come to simply thank the men and women of the Canadian Forces.

“Last year at this time, 8,000 people had registered,” said Run Director Major Luc Frenette.
“Another 3,000 signed up in the three weeks leading up to the event. If that trend continues, we
plan to cap registration at 15,000 to ensure the event grows at a safe pace and remains a positive
experience for all who participate.”

Fundraising efforts at Canada Army Run benefit Soldier On and the Military Families Fund,
initiatives that provide direct assistance to ill or injured soldiers and military families.

Useful links and facts:
 Online registration for the 5K and half marathon closes midnight, September 16. If the event
is not sold out by then, in-person registration will continue at the Army Run Sports Expo until
Saturday, September 18.
 Canada Army Run is the second largest running event in Ottawa, after Ottawa Race
Weekend.
 Organizers of the run are Run Ottawa, the same team that organizes Ottawa Race
Weekend.
 Close to 40% of registered participants are from outside the Ottawa-Gatineau region, and
75% have non-military backgrounds. The youngest registered participant is 4 years old; the
oldest, 81.
 Tickets for this year’s pre-run pasta dinner – which will be prepared by Army cooks and
served “military field-kitchen style” by military leaders and local VIPs to 500 people – is
again expected to sell out.
 Media credentials will be required to gain access to certain areas on September 19 and to
the press room.

2009

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (September 20) – Under sunny skies and perfect running conditions, 11,000
civilians and military personnel from across the country ran, walked or wheeled side by side in the 2009
Canada Army Run, a unique event that has become the fastest growing run in Canada.
Among the many inspirational stories and personal victories throughout the event, two stood out:
• Orillia-based Rick Ball broke a world record for the single-leg amputee half marathon, with a time
of 1:20:44.9 (the previous record was 1:21:46); and
• Master Corporal Jody Mitic, who lost both legs in a landmine accident two-and-a-half years ago
and who has been followed extensively by the media in recent weeks, successfully completed
his first-ever half marathon.

“Today’s event exceeded all of my expectations,” said Commander of the Army Lieutenant General
Andrew B. Leslie. “From seeing the pride of participating soldiers, including some who have suffered
serious injuries, to the tremendous outpouring of community support for the Canadian Forces, this
event was inspiring from start to finish.”

“Canada Army Run was created last year as a way for the military to say ‘thank you’ to Canadians
for their support,” said Run Director Major Chris Horeczy. “It has turned out to also be a very tangible
and personal way for Canadians to say thank you to the men and women who do so much for them
at home and abroad. Today, we saw civilians and military personnel of all ages and abilities come
together in a show of celebration, camaraderie and mutual respect. There’s just no other event like it
in Canada.”

“I want to thank everyone who was part of today’s event – including the participants, the volunteers, and
the thousands who came out to cheer everyone on,” said General Leslie. “Your involvement was truly
appreciated. I would also like to congratulate both Jody Mitic and Rick Ball for their successes and to
thank Rick for choosing Canada Army Run as the venue to break his world record. Both of these
individuals have demonstrated to all the true spirit of “soldiering on”.

2010 Canada Army Run is scheduled for September 19, 2010. Registration will open October 1, at
www.armyrun.ca.

Results from 2009 Canada Army Run

5K Male
1st: Private Ryan McKenzie (Victoria), 14:43.7
2nd: Rejean Chiasson (Ottawa), 15:03.7
3rd: Matthew McInnes (Ottawa), 15:25.1

5K Female
1st: Emily Tallen (Kingston), 17:03.6
2nd: Joanna Brown (Carp), 17:27.3
3rd: Heather Ostic (Kingston), 18:22.0

5K Military Only
1st Male: Private Ryan McKenzie (Victoria), 14:43.7
1st Female: Officer Cadet Celine Best (Kingston), 19:12.9

Half Marathon Male
1st: Lt. Charles Nadeau (Quebec), 1:11:46.4
2nd: MWO Stephen McNabb (Petawawa), 1:11:59.8
3rd: Matthew Leduc (Ajax), 1:13:27.0

Half Marathon Female
1st: Danielle Riendeau (Ottawa), 1:20:23.5
2nd: Jutta Merilainen (Petawawa), 1:20:30.7
3rd: Captain Marie Danais (Quebec), 1:20:36.6

Half Marathon Military Only
1st Male: Lt. Charles Nadeau (Quebec), 1:11:46.4
1st Female: Captain Marie Danais (Quebec), 1:20:36.6

September 6, 2009 – Beginning at 5:15 am local Afghanistan time, before dawn, 500
runners from 15 countries took part in a “satellite” 2009 Canada Army Run, intended to
mirror to the extent possible the much larger run scheduled in Ottawa September 20.
Runners, many sporting T-shirts and bibs shipped from Canada, ran 5K or 15K within the
protected areas of the camp in temperatures that began at 21ºC and quickly rose to 30ºC.

For most of the Canadians soldiers, this race was one of the last special activities before
their redeployment home.

Some soldiers are also planning on participating in the Ottawa event on September 20,
expected to attract about 10,000 participants.

Today’s race results were as follows:

15K (MALE)
1ST – MAJOR, JOSEPH BOLAND (56:43) (CAN)
2ND – OR-5, GUILLAUME VIRY (57:10) (FRA)
3RD – E4, MICHAEL RAYMOND (57:20) (USA)

15K (FEMALE)
1ST – 1LT, YESENIA BYRNE (1:12:24) (USA)
2ND – SQN LDR, LEAH, GRIFFIN (1:14:09) (USA)
3RD – SGT, ANNICK TREMBLAY (1:14:56) (CAN)

5K (MALE)
1ST – CAPT, JEAN VACHON (19:17) (CAN)
2ND – LT CDR, FRITS HEUKERS (19:20) (NED)
3RD – CPL, ROAN WINDMOLDERS (19:36) (BEL)

5K (FEMALE)
1ST, CPL, SHELLEY PARDOE (23:37) (UK)
2ND – LT(N), KRISTI VEITHUIZEN (25:17) (CAN)
3RD – SSGT E-6, JENNIFER MCGILLIVARY (26:07) (USA)

Ottawa (August 12, 2009) – Ottawa’s Master Corporal Jody Mitic, who lost both legs below the knee after stepping on a landmine while on duty in Afghanistan two-and-a-half years ago, has set his sights on completing his first-ever half marathon, in Canada Army Run, scheduled September 20 in the nation’s capital.

Recently transferred from Petawawa to Ottawa, 32-year-old Mitic has made tremendous progress since being fitted with two prosthetic legs in March 2007 and completing seven months of rehabilitation at St. John’s Rehab Hospital in Toronto. He’s back doing many activities he did prior to being injured, including running, hiking, and mountain biking. The half marathon will be the furthest distance he’s ever run, even prior to being injured.

“Completing the half marathon in Canada Army Run is important to me,” said Mitic. “It’s a milestone on my journey back to health and fitness; it’s an opportunity to thank civilians and military colleagues who have been so supportive; and it’s a chance to run with other wounded soldiers who are also making great progress on the road to recovery.”

Ottawa’s Phil Marsh – who has coached thousands of runners over the last 20 years, including Olympic athletes – is working with Mitic to prepare him.

“When I look at Jody and see his determination and sheer willpower to overcome his disability – and I see how far he’s come since being injured – I am truly inspired,” said Marsh. “I hope that others who hear his story also become motivated to get involved in Canada Army Run. It’s a run unlike any other in Canada. Not only is it a great opportunity to show our support for Canada’s troops, but it’s a chance to run side-by-side with the men and women who do so much for us at home and abroad.”

Mitic will join thousands of others who will run, walk, or wheel in the 5K or half marathon events. He will also join dozens of other soldiers injured in the line of duty who will be part of a special “Salute to Injured Soldiers” at the start of each race.

“These individuals,” said Major Chris Horeczy, Run Director for Canada Army Run, “are an inspiration and a demonstration that through hard work, focus, and determination it is possible to ‘soldier on’ and overcome great challenges. I have the deepest respect for the contributions and sacrifices they have made in the line of duty, and true admiration for what they have been able to accomplish. They are role models for us all, military and civilians alike.”
Fundraising efforts for Canada Army Run go to Soldier On and the Military Families Fund – charities that support injured soldiers and military families in need. Mitic has recently taken on the role of Outreach Coordinator for Soldier On, an initiative he benefitted from during recovery.

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