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We welcome all media who plan to cover the Canada Army Run race events and related activities leading up to and including Army Run Weekend. Please feel free to contact us at media@armyrun.ca.

 

 

News Release

Canada Army Run announces new Ortona Challenge for 2018

December 15, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Canada Army Run is proud to announce next year’s new event, the Ortona Challenge, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Ortona, which took place from December 20 to December 28, 1943 during the Second World War. Participants entering this event will take part in the 5K race, followed by the 10K.

The Ortona Challenge is an opportunity for participants to remember and to honour fellow Canadians who lost their lives during this battle.

It’s not too early to join us in 2018 for our 11th annual run! Registration is open, and don’t forget, Canada Army Run entries could be given as holiday gifts to loved ones. This year’s edition takes place on Sunday, September 23, 2018. For more information, visit www.armyrun.ca or follow Canada Army Run on social media.

Canada Army Run will welcome tens of thousands of participants from across the country to run, walk and roll in this truly unique military-themed community event held in the National Capital Region.

Quick Facts

  • The Battle of Ortona took place from December 20 to December 28, 1943 during the Second World War between regiments of the Canadian Army and German paratroopers, in the town of Ortona on the eastern coast of Italy.
  • The battle in the heart of Ortona is remembered by our veterans for the intense close- quarter house-to-house and street-to-street fighting, at a cost of more than 1,200 Canadian troops killed and the suffering of Italian citizens during their liberation.
  • 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 $2.6 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.
  • The popular Commander’s Challenge, in which participants complete in both the 5K and half marathon events, was inaugurated in 2016 and is back in 2018 for a third year in a row.
  • Canada Army Run race weekend offers something for everyone, including a unique opportunity to interact with your Canadian Army.
  • Registration details can be found on our website at www.armyrun.ca.

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Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is a unique running event in which Canadians run, walk or roll side-by-side with members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Photo by: Mike Pinder, official event photographer

 

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Contacts

Michael Timmermans
Canada Army Run Communications Manager
Email: comms@armyrun.ca
Phone: 613-971-7279

News Release

10th Annual Canada Army Run crosses the finish the line

Today, over 20 000 participants ran, walked and rolled through the National Capital Region in the 10th annual Canada Army Run, which coincided with various other celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary. During the race, Canadian Armed Forces personnel and ill and injured members were accompanied by Canadians and participants of all ages and abilities.

Canada Army Run was honoured to welcome various distinguished guests who ran the race alongside other participants, including: the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence; Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs; Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Major-General Simon Hetherington, Commander, Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre. 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: Craig Fettes, top male finisher, and Leah Sherriff, top female finisher
5K ill/injured/disabled: Robert Wein, top male finisher, and Christine Gauthier, top female finisher
10K: Eric Bang, top male finisher, and Lindsay Khan, top female finisher
10K ill/injured/disabled: Andrew Soon, top male finisher, and Christine Gauthier, top female finisher
Half-marathon: Kyle Wyatt, top male finisher, and Sacha Hourihan, top female finisher
Half-marathon ill/injured/disabled: Fred Connor, top male finisher, and Christine Gauthier, top female finisher

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

For more information and details about Canada Army Run, please visit www.armyrun.ca, follow Canada Army Run on social media (see links below), and/or download the Canada Army Run mobile app.

Quotes

 “I am extremely grateful to everyone involved in this year’s event – sponsors, partners, Army personnel, and volunteers – for organising yet another amazing Canada Army Run. Thank you to all of you joining us this weekend to help us celebrate 10 fantastic years. It’s been an incredible journey. See you at next year’s edition on September 23, 2018!

Major Gus Garant, Canada Army Run Race Director

Quick Facts

Canada Army Run 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 side-by-side to show their pride as Canadians, and as runners.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Canada Army Run added more events. New this year were the 10K and the Vimy Challenge. Participants entering the Vimy Challenge, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, took part in the 5K race followed by the 10K.

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.

Canada Army Run race weekend offers something for everyone, including military displays, a Kids’ Zone, live music, a sports expo, and a unique opportunity to interact with your Canadian Army.

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Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is a unique running event in which Canadians run, walk or roll side-by-side with members of the Canadian Armed Forces in either a half marathon, 10K, or 5K events; or two challenges, the Commander’s Challenge or the Vimy Challenge. Photo by: CSgt R.M. McKinnon, Directorate Army Public Affairs ©2017 DND / MDN Canada


Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is a unique running event in which Canadians run, walk or roll side-by-side with members of the Canadian Armed Forces in either a half marathon, 10K, or 5K events; or two challenges, the Commander’s Challenge or the Vimy Challenge. Photo by: Maj M.W. Lagacé, Directorate Army Public Affairs ©2017 DND / MDN Canada

Canadian Army Flickr

Canadian Army Instagram

Contact

Anne Génier
Canada Army Run Media Coordinator
Phone: 613-971-7119 (office) or 613- 899-6978 (mobile)
Email: media@armyrun.ca

For Canada Army Run and Associated Events

  • Contact Person

  • Accreditation Request

Media Contact Information on Race Day:
Anne Genier, 613-899-6978 or media@armyrun.ca

  • 2017 Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal: Sunday, September 17, 2017
  • 2017 is the 10th anniversary of Canada Army Run
  • Participants may walk, run or roll in five events:
    • 5K, presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada
    • 10K, in partnership with Canada 150
    • Half-marathon
    • Vimy Challenge, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada (where participants run, walk or roll officially in BOTH the 5K and 10K events)
    • Commander’s Challenge (where participants run, walk or roll officially in BOTH the 5K and half-marathon events)
  • Canada Army Run is unlike any other event in the country. From the cannon used as a “starter’s pistol” to the “dog-tag” medals all finishers receive, Canada Army Run is “military” in flavour from start to finish
  • The success of Canada Army Run to date has exceeded all expectations and has become one of the fastest growing runs in Canada
  • In addition to participants, tens of thousands line the streets to cheer on those running, walking or rolling
  • Slogan: “No ordinary race”
  • Proceeds and fundraising efforts are directed to: Soldier On and the Support our Troops funds
  • Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CanadaArmyRun
  • Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CanadaArmyRun
  • Watch us on YouTube: www.youtube.com/CanadaArmyRun
  • Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/CanadaArmyRun

A MEDIA PASS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR ADMITTANCE TO START LINE, THE FINISH LINE, AND THE AREA RESERVED FOR POST-RACE MEDIA INTERVIEWS.

Credential Applications

The deadline to submit credential applications will be the Wednesday prior to race weekend.

Your request will be reviewed and approved via e-mail followed by instructions on how to pick up your credentials prior to the event. Please bear in mind that press credentials are limited and Canada Army Run reserves the right to grant final press area assignments.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

September 11, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Media are invited to attend Canada Army Run weekend, September 15-17, at Ottawa City Hall. Canada Army Run is a fun-filled family event that culminates on Sunday, September 17, with 5K, 10K and half marathon runs.

Now in its tenth year, Canada Army Run is one of the most unique running events in Canada. With a military flavour from start to finish, Canadians and soldiers will run, walk or roll together through the streets of Ottawa and Gatineau on September 17. Thousands more are expected to come out to cheer them to the finish line. The complete weekend agenda is available at armyrun.ca but main opportunities include:

What: Opening of the Running Room Expo and Race Kit Pick-Up
Where: Ottawa City Hall
When: 10 a.m. FridaySeptember 15

What: Special Guest Speakers Krista DuChene, Olympic marathoner and Christine Gauthier (Retired Bombardier), world champion parakayaker and Member of Soldier On
Where: Pasta Dinner Tent, Confederation Park
When: Dinner begins at 6 p.m., speeches begin at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, September 16. Media are requested to arrive no later than 5:45 p.m.

What: Opening Ceremonies and staggered Race Starts
Where: Corner of Laurier and Elgin
When: Sunday, September 17

  • 7:20 a.m. – 5K Opening Ceremony
  • 7:45 a.m. – 5K Start for Ill and Injured
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5K Mass Start
  • 8:20 a.m. – 10K Opening Ceremony
  • 8:30 a.m. – 10K Start for Ill and Injured
  • 8:45 a.m. – 10K Mass Start
  • 9:00 a.m. – Half Marathon Opening Ceremony
  • 9:15 a.m. – Half Marathon Start for Ill and Injured
  • 9:30 a.m. – Half Marathon Mass Start

What: Awards ceremony
Where: Finish area (Queen Elizabeth Driveway beside Cartier Square Drill Hall)
When: 11:45 a.m., Sunday, September 17

Notes to editor / news director:

Media passes are required to gain access to certain areas, including the Start Line and the Finish Line. Media interested in covering this event must complete the media accreditation form and submit it online by close of business Wednesday, September 13.

Briefings for accredited media will be held at Ottawa City Hall on Friday, September 15. The briefing for English language media is at 9:15 a.m. and the briefing for French language media is at 9:45 a.m. Race weekend media passes will be available for distribution at the media briefings.

Media inquiries

Anne Génier
Canada Army Run Media Coordinator
Phone: 613-971-7119 (office) or 613- 899-6978 (mobile)
Email: media@armyrun.ca

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