The Vimy Challenge, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada

Photo: Canadian Forces Combat Camera

The Vimy Challenge, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, is an event within Canada Army Run where participants run, walk or roll officially in BOTH the 5K, presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada, and 10K events.

Participants who register for the Vimy Challenge will receive a unique bib and race shirt. In addition, upon completion of the Challenge, participants will receive a special coin as well as their dog tag medals.

The Vimy Challenge was added to the 2017 Canada Army Run line-up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (First World War).




Backgrounder: The Battle of Vimy Ridge

Image courtesy of Library and Archives Canada (MIKAN 3206096)

At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Canada was considered a part of the British Empire. This meant that once Britain declared war, Canada also was automatically at war. The Battle of Vimy Ridge began on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917. Regiments from coast to coast saw action together in a distinctly Canadian triumph, helping create a new and stronger sense of Canadian identity in our country. Canada’s military achievements during the war raised our international stature and helped earn us a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles that ended the First World War. The Battle of Vimy Ridge would prove a great success, but it would come at great cost. The 100,000 Canadians who fought there suffered approximately 11,000 casualties, nearly 3,600 of them fatal. By the end of the First World War, Canada, a country of less than eight million citizens, had contributed more than 650,000 combatants. The conflict took a huge toll with more than 66,000 Canadians losing their lives and 170,000 being wounded.

Participants can register for the Vimy Challenge, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, by clicking here and choosing the “Vimy Challenge” category.

We recommend that participants start in the first wave of the 5K at 08:00. After completing the 5K and collecting your dog tag, you may enter the 10K from any corral wave you wish.

You will have one bib that will work for both events, and will receive a special prize at the end of the race!

** Participants MUST start no later than the last wave of the 10K to remain in the Challenge. Participants who do not return from running the 5K by the last wave of the 10K will be disqualified. **

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Below are answers to common questions about the Vimy Challenge

  • You MUST start the 10K by the end of the last wave. The anticipated cut-off time is 8:55 a.m. No exceptions will be made after the last wave.
  • Participants receive the exclusive Vimy shirt only. 5K and 10K shirts will be made available for sale at the shirt pickup location on Sunday, subject to availability.
  • You will receive your 5K dog tag medal after the 5K only. Participants are responsible for carrying or storying their 5K medal for the duration of the 10K.
  • Upon completion of the 5K, you will not enter the Recovery Zone. You will proceed directly to Laurier Ave. in the lane provided to access the start line.
  • You will receive your exclusive Vimy coin in the Recovery Zone, after the 10K.
  • 2017 will be the only year for the Vimy Challenge.



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