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Are there team registrations this year? Yes, you can create a team or join a team through registration. More information can be found here.
Can I change my distance or transfer my registration to a new participant? Yes. If you have already registered but wish to change your distance (i.e. from the 5K to the 10K) or transfer your registration to a new participant, please refer to the transfer instructions here.
What is TicketGuardian?
TicketGuardian Registration Protection gives participants an opportunity to get reimbursed for up to 100% of their entry fees if they cannot attend Canada Army Run for one of several qualifying reasons. Click here for more info.
Are there any age restrictions for participation in Canada Army Run sub-events?
Yes. Athletics Canada (AC) is the national sport governing body for track and field, cross-country and road running. As an AC-certified road running event, Canada Army Run is governed and bound by AC policy and guidelines.
As per AC policy, systematic training and participation in long distance endurance events pose certain risks for individuals who have not yet reached full maturity. They have developed guidelines to provide guidance to organizers of road races on the minimum ages for entry to mass participation races and the recognition of performances. Click here to view AC’s Guidelines for the inclusion of Children and Youth in Road Races: http://www.acroad.ca/documents/DistanceRecommendation_2014-01-15.pdf
To find out more about Athletics Canada, visit: http://athletics.ca/
Does a participant need photo identification to pick up their registration package? The person who is picking up the race-kit must have a printed copy of the confirmation email or have the confirmation email on their mobile phone. Please also bring photo identification with you in the event it is required for clarification.
Am I able to pick up a race kit for someone else? Yes. Friends and family members can pick up your kit for you and, likewise, you can pick up a kit for someone else. Just follow the same procedures as when retrieving your own.
Where can I get my bib number before Canada Army Run weekend? You will receive an email with a link to look up your bib number a week or two before race weekend.
What if my technical shirt doesn’t fit me? On Sunday morning, we will offer a shirt exchange; if you would like a different size of shirt, you will be able to exchange in person it if the size you are looking for is available.
Do team captains have to pick up everyone’s race kit? No, team members are registered as individual participants, and team bibs will not be grouped together. Please follow the standard procedure for race kit pick-up
Am I able to bring my pet on the 5K, 10K or Half-Marathon route? No. Due to restrictions imposed by our insurance company, coupled with consideration for the safety of other runners, pets are not allowed on the course. The only exception is for guide and service dogs.
Are walkers welcome in the 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon? Walkers are most welcome and are given a start position behind the last row of runners. Please start your race in the last corral at the start line.
Will there be official Canada Army Run pacers to help us get through either race? There will be pacers in both events, identified by a sign that each one will carry that signifies their anticipated finish time.
I am not ill, injured or disabled. Can I participate with someone in that wave? Yes you may. When registering, sign up for the Ill/Injured/Disabled wave, but select the “Support” category.
Is there a Lost and Found Area at the race site? All lost and found items will be sent to the Information booth located in the Canadian War Museum.
Are there any plans to add a full marathon to Canada Army Run? There are currently no plans to add a full marathon to the line-up. For 2018, Canada Army Run is offering half marathon, 5K and 10K race options. Army Run added a new event to the 2016 race weekend, the Commander’s Challenge, which is returning for 2019. Participants run, walk or roll officially in BOTH the 5K and half marathon events. A 5K plus 10K challenge event was also added to the Army Run line-up in 2017. In 2019, Normandy Challenge participants will take on the 5K event, followed by the 10K. Participants who register for the Challenge events will receive a unique bib and race shirts. In addition, upon completion of the Challenges, participants will receive a special coin as well as their dog tag medals.
A corral is a sectioned area behind a race’s start line within which participants are grouped according to their expected finishing time (which is selected by the participant during registration). The fastest runners line up in the first corrals and the slowest runners are in the corrals at the back. Walkers are in the very last corral, and folks pushing strollers, wheelchairs, etc. line up behind the walkers. Canada Army Run race bibs indicate which corral you are assigned to.
Canada Army Run gives our participants timing devices on their race bib, so the time that it takes for you to cross the starting line from your start corral is not included in your final race time.
Participants need to be in their corrals early and may end up waiting a long time for the race to start, so be prepared. You are required to carefully select the appropriate corral based on your estimated finish time during registration. For the enjoyment and safety of all participants, it is critical that you line up in the correct start corral before your race. This helps avoid congestion at the start line and eliminates the need for participants to weave past and dodge slower participants.
This content was adapted from an article written by Christine Luff, fitness writer, avid runner and certified running coach, and published on verywellfit.com.
After spending weeks and months training and preparing for your first race, the last thing you need is any additional stress to take away from the excitement of the big day. To ensure race day goes smoothly, here are a few handy tips that can help from the moment you register right through to crossing the finish line.
1. Register early
Get off on the right foot by registering early. Early registration can ensure that you get your correct race shirt size before inventory runs out. Canada Army Run pricing is based on stepped price increases. The earlier you register, the lower the price of entry fees!
2. Know the race route
Route maps will be available during race kit pick-up, so ask a volunteer for one, download a copy from our website or use the Canada Army Run mobile app. This will come in handy when planning for water stops. Canada Army Run will provide participants with a timing chip to accurately clock their “net time” from start to finish.
3. Don’t overdress
Overdressing has tripped up many a first-time runner. As a rule of thumb, dress as if the weather is a few degrees warmer than it actually is. You’ll heat up once you’ve hit your stride. So if the weather report says that it’s going to be a comfy 23° C, pretend you’re in Florida and it’s a balmy 32° C!
If it’s cold outside, wear a few extra layers of clothing that you can strip off as the starting time nears. Canada Army Run offers a free bag check for all participants where you can store your items until after the race.
If hot temperatures are forecast, spend a few extra dollars to buy running gear made of cooler, moisture-wicking fabrics. Alternately, opt for looser-fitting clothes along with the appropriate sunscreen and sunglasses.
And while you’re at it, take the time to time to trim your toenails. Doing so will save you a lot of discomfort (and a case of black toenail) if one happens to be too long.
4. Choose your pre-race food wisely
It is best to have a high-carbohydrate breakfast four hours before a race to ensure you have enough stored energy in the form of glycogen. Think pancakes, waffles, or a nice bagel with peanut butter.
However, avoid overeating or indulging in rich, fatty or high-fiber foods. While you may assume this will provide you with extra energy, all it will likely do is cause stomach upset or a case of the runner’s trots.
If you must have coffee in the morning, limit yourself to no more than one regular cup. Anything more may promote urination.
One to two hours beforehand, drink a large glass of water and have nothing else until the starting gun. This should provide you with hydration while reducing the risk of unexpected pit stops.
5. Pin your bib correctly
Don’t make the rookie mistake of pinning your race bib on the back of your shirt. Pin it to the front with a safety pin or BibBoard on each corner. This will help officials know that you are a part of the race. Your free, official race photographs will be also listed on the website by bib number, allowing you to locate yours quickly. Therefore your bib number must be visible for the photographers to catalogue and index the photos and provide them to you.
Make sure that the timing chip located on the back of your race bib is not bent or covered with clothing or a running belt.
Be sure to arrive early so that you will not only get a great parking spot but can speak with a volunteer if there’s a problem with your bib or timing chip.
6. Line up properly
Runner’s etiquette dictates that novice runners allow faster, seasoned competitors their place at the front of the starting line. As much as you may want to be in the center of the action, standing too close to the front can interfere with active competitors and cause frustration.
Canada Army Run organizes participants in corrals based on their estimated pace or finish time (selected during registration). If unsure, ask runners around you about their anticipated pace. If it’s faster than yours, position yourself further to the back. By the time the race is fully underway, you’ll experience the excitement of the run whatever your position.
7. Prepare for water stops
One of the reasons for getting a map at registration or downloading the mobile race app is to anticipate the location of water stations. Doing so reduces the anxiety of wondering when you’ll next be able to hydrate. If you’ve hydrated properly in advance of the race, you should be able to take in enough water to keep going without having to look for the nearest porta-potty.
If you see a water station approaching, don’t go to the first set of tables where all of the congestion is likely to be. Instead, head for the next set, veering to the right table if you’re right-handed and the left table if you’re left-handed. In this way, you can snatch a cup easily without breaking your stride.
If volunteers are handing out cups of water, look the volunteer in the eye so that he or she knows you’re coming. As you snatch the cup, be sure to say “thank you,” and toss the empty cup into a receptacle when finished.
8. Finish with flair
Don’t pressure yourself to achieve a really fast time for your first race. Finishing is an achievement unto itself and one worth celebrating. If anything, consider it part of an initiation into a larger order of enthusiasts. The more you relax and enjoy the spirit of the race, the more likely you will be to come back for more.