In-Person Event

Race Kit Pick-Up

During Canada Army Run Weekend, you (or someone you delegate) may pick up your Race Kit during the hours listed below. Each kit will include a Canada Army Run technical t-shirt and race bib.

If someone is picking up your race kit, please ensure they have a forwarded copy of your emailed event confirmation or pre-race email (print or mobile). 

Times for Race-Kit Pick-Up:

Friday, September 16
11:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m. *
Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place

Saturday, September 17
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place

We recommend that you also have photo identification with you in case clarification is needed.

*times may be subject to change


Start Times

Sunday, September 18, 2022

08:20 a.m. – Canada Army Run Official Opening Ceremonies

5K, presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada (including 5K portion of the 5K + 10K Challenge)
08:45 a.m. – Start for Soldier On Wave
09:00 a.m. – Mass Start

10K, presented by Accora Village (including 10K portion of the 5K + 10K Challenge)
09:45 a.m. – Start for Soldier On Wave
10:00 a.m. – Mass Start


Wave Starts

Wave starts help ensure a safe start, so that not everyone is starting the race at the same time. The wave starts are organized by “corrals,” which are a way to group participants of similar speed and to assist in moving everyone into the race gradually. When you registered, you declared your anticipated finishing time; this determines which corral you will be part of. Your corral will be indicated on your bib when you pick it up. No matter which wave you are in, however, you will get your accurate race time because of the “timing chips” that are embedded into your bib.

To spread the field out at the start, runners will be sent off in a series of waves starting with the blue corral, followed by orange, yellow, green, purple and red corrals.

Each corral will be sent off approximately every two minutes. As one corral/wave sets off, the next corral will be brought forward to the start line and directed to wait until given the signal to start. This process will continue until all corrals/waves have left.

Soldier On Wave – Open to Military & Civilian Participants

Canada Army Run is proud to recognize and celebrate the achievements of participants with visible and non-visible conditions or injuries, who demonstrate for all the true meaning of “soldiering on”.

All participants in these categories start prior to the mass start of each event. Family, supporters or caretakers may participate in the same wave (please indicate your category as “support” when registering).

For visually impaired athletes, please reach out to us at info@armyrun.ca to receive a registration code for your guide to register at no additional cost.


Course Information

2022 Course Map
TBD

Routes are subject to change. 

Along the Course

The courses include:

  • Markers at each kilometre
  • Water Stations
  • Portable toilets near each aid station

On-course nutrition featuring:

  • nuun hydration – all water stations

above information is subject to change


Finish & Recovery

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 area for refreshments. Once you’ve refuelled and re-energized, stick around and enjoy the Army Run weekend festivities!


Baggage Check

Canada Army Run offers a complimentary baggage check available to all participants located on site on race day. There will be signs directing you to this free service. All runners will receive a free race bag in their race kit. 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 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning prior to the start of the opening ceremonies.


Walkers, Strollers & Pets

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.


BMO Kids Zone

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m – Ottawa City Hall (Marion Dewar Plaza). 

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!


Expo

Hours
Friday, September 16: 11:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 17: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Military Equipment Display, Military Re-Enactors and Historical Displays

When 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. 

Throughout 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 on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall. Also showcased will be impressive static displays of military memorabilia presented by private historical collectors.


Bike Parking

Hours of Operation:
Friday Sept 16 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday Sept 17 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept 18 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ottawa City Hall

Bike racks will be made available throughout Army Run weekend. This area is unsupervised and self-serve – please ensure you bring your lock, and note that event organizers will not be held responsible for lost or stolen items.