Course Information

View the 2017 interactive course map here. (2018 courses in development)

The 2017 Canada Army Run is taking place this Sunday, September 17, and several road closures will occur over the weekend.

In Ottawa, the Queen Elizabeth Driveway will be closed on both Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17, between Somerset Street West and the Laurier Avenue West on-ramp.

Portions of several roads in Ottawa and Gatineau will be closed the morning of Sunday, September 17, and into the early afternoon.

Ottawa road closures:

  • Colonel By Drive
  • Pretoria Bridge (westbound only)
  • Rideau Street
  • Hawthorne Avenue (westbound only)
  • Queen Street
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
  • Elgin Street
  • Booth Street (northbound only)
  • Sussex Drive
  • Wellington Street
  • MacKenzie Avenue
  • Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway
  • MacKay Street
  • Lisgar Road
  • Princess Avenue

Interprovincial bridges:

  • Chaudière Bridge
  • Alexandra Bridge
  • Portage Bridge (southbound only)

Gatineau road closures:

  • Boulevard Alexandre-Taché
  • Rue Wellington
  • Rue St-Rédempteur
  • Rue St-Jacques
  • Rue Leduc
  • Rue Eddy
  • Promenade du Portage
  • Rue Laurier
  • Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville

Please note that in addition to the road closures, there will be loud cannon noises around the downtown core on Sunday morning between 7:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

The City of Ottawa has issued its own Public Service Announcement for the first full joint exercising of Freedom of the City taking place on the morning of Saturday, September 16. There will be some road closures around City Hall. For more information, please refer to the Ottawa City website.

For more details, updated information and last-minute changes on Canada Army Run, please visit, follow Canada Army Run on social media (see below), and/or download the Canada Army Run mobile app.

The event is bringing over 20,000 participants who will walk, run, or roll in 5K, 10K, and half marathon events on both Ottawa and Gatineau streets. Crowds of thousands are also expected along the routes to cheer participants on.

Detailed road closure information

Queen Elizabeth Driveway
Closed between Somerset St. West and Laurier Ave. West on-ramp
Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday


Alexandra Bridge
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

Chaudière Bridge
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Portage Bridge
Closed to southbound traffic only
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Pretoria Bridge
Closed to westbound traffic only
7:30 a.m. – 1:30:00 p.m.


Booth Street
North of Wellington (northbound only)
8:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Colonel By Drive
Between Rideau St. and Hawthorne Ave.
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Elgin Street (Northbound)
Between Somerset St. West and Laurier Ave. West
6:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Elgin Street (Southbound)
Between Wellington St. and Gloucester St.
6:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mackenzie Avenue
Between St. Patrick Street and Rideau St.
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hawthorne Avenue WESTBOUND ONLY
7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

MacKay Street
Between Dufferin Road and Sussex Driv
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lisgar Road
Between Mariposa and Dufferin
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Princess Avenue
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Queen Elizabeth Driveway
Between Somerset St. West and Laurier Ave. West on-ramp until 6:00 p.m. Sunday
Between Elgin St. and Somerset St. West
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rideau Street
Between Sussex Drive and Mackenzie Avenue
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
Between Vimy Place and Island Park Drive
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sussex Drive
Between Rideau St. and Princess Ave.
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Wellington Street (Eastbound)
Between Lyon St. and Rideau St.
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wellington Street (Westbound)
Between Rideau and Sir John A Macdonald Parkway
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Boulevard Alexandre-Taché
Between Rue Eddy and Rue Montcalm
Eastbound between Rue Montcalm and Rue Hanson
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Rue Eddy
Between Booth St. and Wright St.
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Rue Promenade de Portage
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Rue Laurier
Between Rue Courcelette and Blvd des Allumettières
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Rue Leduc
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Promenade du Portage
Between Rue EDDY et  l’Hôtel de Ville
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Rue St. Jacques
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Rue St. Rédempteur
Between Rue Wright and Rue Wellington
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Rue Wellington
Between Montcalm and RUE EDDY
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


2018 courses in development

2017 Course map

5K presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada / 5K présenté par General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada
10K in partnership with Canada 150 / 10K en partenariat avec Canada 150

The courses include:

  • Markers at each kilometre
  • Timing mats every 5 kilometres
  • Water Stations
    • 5K – 1 location
    • 10K – 3 locations
    • Half-Marathon – 6 locations
  • Portable toilets near each aid station
  • Charity Cheering Stations
  • On-course nutrition featuring:

    nuun hydration – all water stations (Lemon Lime and Tri-berry)

    PowerGel – 2 stations (Half Marathon only)

Please see route maps for more detailed info.

Pace Bunnies (aka “Pathfinders”)

Pace Bunnies will be provided with support from the Running Room for both the 5K and half marathon events. They will be easy to spot and will have a sign indicating their pace time. Line up at the start line with the “Pathfinder” that matches your desired finish time.   They will be running a steady chip-time pace to help you meet your goal. The planned times for the pace bunnies are as follows:

5K: 20:00, 22:30, 25:00, 27:30, 30:00, and 35:00

10K: 40:00, 45:00, 50:00, 55:00, 60:00, 65:00 and 70:00

Half Marathon: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00 and 3:15

There will be a mixture of continuous and run-walk pacers available at most times. There will also be walk-only pacers at 2:45, 3:00, 3:15, and 3:30 in the half marathon. If you have any questions regarding the pacer program, please contact

You’ve done it! You’ve crossed the finish line. Congratulations! People on the sidelines are cheering. Military leaders and other VIPs are giving high-fives. And photographers are taking pictures (don’t forget to smile!). Now what?

Don’t stop! Keep moving down the finish line chute, where a uniformed Canadian soldier will place a finisher’s medal around your neck – a definite highlight for many. Relish the moment and then continue to the Recovery Tent for refreshments and to the Massage Tent, where the Ottawa Health Group will be offering complimentary massages. Enjoy!

Once you’ve refuelled and re-energized, head over to Marion Dewar Plaza (at Ottawa City Hall), where the fun continues!

Beer at the finish line? YES!

For the first time ever at Canada Army Run there will be a cold beer waiting for you once you’ve crossed the finish line of the Half Marathon and Commander’s Challenge!

We’re proud to announce that Whitewater Brewing Company will be in the Recovery Area serving complementary Legion Lager. This craft beer was brewed in the Ottawa Valley in partnership with The Royal Canadian Legion, and will soon be available in Ontario Beer Stores and retail outlets, with plans underway to expand nationally. Five percent of all sales will go to Legion programs in support of Veterans and their families.

How will distribution at Canada Army Run work? Your race bib will have a tear-away ticket that you can exchange for one beer. Each participant must claim their own beer (one beer per participant, 19+ with valid photo ID). Serving will only take place after the Half Marathon, after 11 a.m.

The addition of beer at the finish line is just one of many things we’re working on to make this year’s run – our 10th anniversary – extra special.

Our complimentary Baggage Check, which is available to all participants, is located in Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall. There will be signs directing you to this free service.

car_bag_2016All runners will receive a free race bag in their Race Kit, which is a new addition for 2016. For the sake of convenience, space and time, it will be the only bag accepted at the volunteer-run bag check this year.

Baggage Check will open at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning prior to the start of the Opening Ceremonies.

Walkers and Strollers ARE Welcome!
Walkers and strollers are welcome in all events. For your safety and the safety of others, however, please start in the last corral (red corral) and be careful of other participants.

PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN ANY EVENT. Service animals are welcome.



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