Schedule, Events & Entertainment

Canada Army Run has grown from a one-day event to a weekend of activities and entertainment for the whole family. Among the highlights are:

  • Military bands
  • Military equipment display
  • Military history display
  • A pasta dinner served military field-kitchen style
  • A military-inspired Kids’ Zone
  • Technical T-shirts that sport the Canadian Army camouflage pattern (CADPAT)
  • And much, much more!

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bike Valet, Courtesy of Velofix
Ottawa City Hall Entrance

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m
Race Kit Pick-Up
Ottawa City Hall

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m
Running Room Expo
Marion Dewar Plaza

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m
Military Equipment Display
Marion Dewar Plaza

8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Bike Valet, Courtesy of Velofix
Ottawa City Hall Entrance

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Race Kit Pick-Up
Ottawa City Hall

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Running Room Expo
Marion Dewar Plaza

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Military Equipment Display
Marion Dewar Plaza

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Military Re-Enactors and Historical Displays
Cartier Square Drill Hall

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
BMO Kids Zone
Lisgar Park

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Running Room Friendship Run
Marion Dewar Plaza

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pasta Dinner
Confederation Park

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bike Valet, Courtesy of Velofix
Ottawa City Hall Entrance

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Running Room Expo
Marion Dewar Plaza

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Military Equipment Display
Marion Dewar Plaza

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Military Re-Enactors
Cartier Square Drill Hall

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
BMO Kids Zone
Lisgar Park

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Baggage Check
Marion Dewar Plaza

7:20 a.m.
5K, presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada – Opening Ceremonies
Elgin & Laurier

7:45 a.m.
5K, presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada – Start – Ill, Injured, Disabled
Elgin & Laurier

8:00 a.m.
5K, presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada – Start (in waves)
Elgin & Laurier

8:20 a.m.
10K Opening Ceremonies
Elgin & Laurier

8:30 a.m.
10K Start – Ill, Injured, Disabled
Elgin & Laurier

8:45 a.m.
10K Start (in waves)
Elgin & Laurier

9:00 a.m.
Half Marathon Opening Ceremonies
Elgin & Laurier

9:15 a.m.
Half Marathon Start – Ill, Injured, Disabled
Elgin & Laurier

9:30 a.m.
Half Marathon Start (in waves)
Elgin & Laurier

22727946838_50ee00f66c_zSaturday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m.
Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall

Meet your Pace Bunny at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 22, in Marion Dewar Plaza, and get a few last minute tips from John Stanton, the founder of Running Room. Then, head out for a short scenic fun run or walk to loosen up your legs and work out any last-minute nervous energy.

Saturday9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday7 a.m. – 1 p.m

Lisgar Park, between Ottawa City Hall and Cartier Square Drill Hall.

This fun, interactive area will be filled with free activities and refreshments for kids and families. Bounce on one of the play structures, make your way through an obstacle course as part of the Juno Challenge (in partnership with OCR Academy), sit in an Army truck with one of the soldiers and get your face painted! These are just some of the fun things happening in the BMO Kids’ Zone. You’ll also have a chance to meet Juno, the Canadian Army mascot, BMO Bear and some of their other furry friends. Hope to see you there!

The Running Room Expo at Canada Army Run will once again be housed in a military-style 18,000-plus square foot tent that will be open all weekend long. Shop for exclusive deals at retail vendor booths, choose your next destination run and get to know our sponsors and community partners. CHECK IT OUT!


Friday, September 21: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 22: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 23: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.



2017 Exhibitors

A1 Sport
Accora Village
Active Sports Outlet
Around the Bay
Burnbrae Farms
Canada 150
Canadian Military Family Magazine
Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon
Helmets to Hardhats
Idos 42.2
Invictus Games
iRun Magazine
Jenna & Co.
La Foulée Sportive
Nuun hydration
OCR Academy
Ottawa Health Group
Ottawa Titans Water Polo
Race Merchandise
Run Little Monkey
Run Ottawa
Running Room
St. John Ambulance
Team Diabetes
The Royal Canadian Legion
The Lung Association
The Runner’s Shop
Veterans Affairs Canada
VETS Canada
VIA Rail
Whitewater Brewing Co.
Willis College
X-Act Nutrition
ZiZU Optics

22826162780_3159df7cbd_zMilitary music has and continues to play a vital role in the history and heritage of the Canadian Army. As such, we at the Canada Army Run are honoured to share the sounds of military music with our participants and volunteers, making this unique event “military” from start to finish.

We will also be introducing a number of local and regional bands/musicians over the course of Army Run Weekend. Staying true to the military theme, at least one member from every group is either a retired or serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces, or employed with the Department of National Defence. The performances will take place on the Canada Army Run main stage located at Marion Dewar Plaza – adjacent to Ottawa City Hall – or along the course route.

Main stage entertainment schedule

Friday, September 21

11:00–8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 22

10:00-6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 23

9:00-12:00 p.m.

Thispastadinner2013_1 traditional 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 high-ranking military leaders and local VIPs. A small team of cooks work from two on-site military kitchen trailers to serve 500+ people. $30/person

An event not to be missed!


2017 Pasta Dinner special guests

Bombardier (retired) Christine Gauthier, five-time world champion parakayaker, Soldier On athlete and Invictus Games competitor. You can read Christine’s bio here.




Krista DuChene. Olympian. Marathon Mom. Dietitian. Krista is a Rio 2016 Olympian and second-fastest Canadian marathoner in history. You can find out more about Krista on her website.





John Stanton, President and Founder of the Running Room. Author of 10 books on running, walking and family fitness. You can read John’s bio here.

15054974714_55a26a8248_zWhen the Canadian Army needs to get from one place to another, it depends on its highly versatile collection of vehicles. Throughout Canada Army Run Weekend, you’ll have a chance to see lots of Army vehicles and other equipment. Check them out and take the opportunity to chat with the soldiers who use this equipment on the job every day.

Militaria display Army Run 1Throughout the years and the many wars and conflict, Canada’s military participated with honour and distinction. To help preserve our history and remember the past, re-enactors and historical enthusiasts collect and display authentic antique and professionally reproduced military uniforms and equipment. There will be a number of re-enactors dressed in First World War, Second World War and other military uniforms in the Cartier Square Drill Hall entrance area. Inside the Cartier Square Drill Hall will showcase impressive static displays of military memorabilia presented by private historical collectors.

Velofix will be offering a supervised, complimentary bike parking service on the north side of Ottawa City Hall (near the entrance). Please plan to pick up your bike 10 minutes before closing time.


Friday Sept 21
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday Sept 22
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Sept 23
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Our complimentary baggage check service, 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.

The tent will be open at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning prior to the start of the Opening Ceremonies.

Promotional imagery of the Canadian Army Run bag taken on August 02, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. Photo Credit: Cpl Andrew Wesley, Directorate of Army Public Affairs.

All runners will receive a free race bag. Please note: it will be the only bag accepted at the complimentary bag check this year.

For safety and security reasons, Confederation Park will be reserved for participants only this year, but coloured meet-up flags on Laurier Avenue will help you and your family find each other post-run. Flag colours will be orange, red, yellow, purple, black, and pink. Make sure to designate a flag colour before you head out on race day!




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