Canada Army Run: Virtual 2021
Canada Army Run: Virtual 2021 is finally upon us! On behalf of the Canadian Army, BMO Bank of Montreal and all of our incredible sponsors, supporters and volunteers, thank you for making this event a success in such a difficult year.
Beginning on Friday, September 10, people will run, walk and roll across all of Canada, as well as over 10 countries world-wide. We love to see how this virtual event is bringing people together through the power of sport.
Through the virtual event, we have once again received incredible support through you – the participants. Fundraising per person is at an event record-high, proving that Canadians want to help those in uniform through Support Our Troops and Soldier On, now more than ever. There is still time to show your support and fundraise, and we thank all who have gone above and beyond this year.
Although we cannot be there to greet you at the Finish Line, we thank you and will be cheering you on as you complete this journey. We ask that you be safe with your participation, and we hope you are able to reach your personal goal.
As we kick off our race period, we encourage you to share your experience with us! We can’t wait to see your photos, watch your videos, and hear your stories. We may have lost our traditional Finish Line, but we feel we have gained thousands of new Finish Lines through you.
Below is some information to help make your race week as enjoyable as possible. There is a lot of information, but please take the time to read it all. You will find the details you need to fully plan your Army Run experience and get the most out of this year’s virtual event. Additional information is available on our website at www.armyrun.ca.
I wish you the very best for a fun, rewarding week, and I look forward to seeing you back in Ottawa!
Major Lesley Quinlan
Canada Army Run Director
A message from the Acting Commander Canadian Army
On behalf of the Canadian Army, welcome to Canada Army Run: Virtual 2021. All the best as you complete your run over the next week!
By taking on the challenge of the Canada Army Run, you’re also supporting two very important charities. Race proceeds and your fundraising efforts directly support enhancing care for ill and injured members, and assist in developing resilient military families through Support Our Troops and the Soldier On program. Our military community is very grateful for your contributions.
Share your success on social media throughout the week by tagging @CanadaArmyRun or use #ArmyRun.
Thanks for your support, stay safe and have fun!
Major-General M.H. St-Louis
Acting Commander Canadian Army
A message from the Canadian Army Sergeant Major
Canada Army Run: Virtual 2021 is set to kick-off this Friday.
Although Canada Army Run is virtual again this year; the heart of the event remains its participants and their commitment to fitness and fundraising.
Thank you for contributing to Support Our Troops and Soldier On, the two charitable organizations that you continue to support.
Help us in spreading the word about the Canada Army Run by tagging @CanadaArmy Run or using #ArmyRun. This will motivate fellow participants and hopefully encourage more people to join us next year
Chief Warrant Officer J.M. Smith,
Canadian Army Sergeant Major
A message from Regional President of BMO
As the Official Bank of the Canadian Defence Community, BMO is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2021 virtual Canada Army Run. We have supported the event since 2009 and became the presenting sponsor in 2014. It’s an opportunity for us to thank the men and women who serve our country and show support to military families. We are honoured and happy to help!
Regional President, Personal Banking | Président régional, Services bancaires aux particuliers
Quebec & Eastern Ontario | Québec et Est de l’Ontario
BMO Bank of Montreal | BMO Banque de Montréal
Completing Your Virtual Race: OPTION 1: TRACK WITH THE RUNKEEPER APP
OPTION 1: TRACK WITH THE RUNKEEPER APP
Step 1: Connect your registration
On your mobile device, download the app and add your registration by clicking the button in the pre-race email.
Step 2: Record your participation
When you’re ready to participate:
- Open the Runkeeper app on a mobile device
- Visit the “start” tab
- Tap the in-app checkered flag and select your event
- Follow the prompts to record your participation
Completing Your Virtual Race: OPTION 2: MANUALLY POST RESULTS
OPTION 2: MANUALLY POST RESULTS
If you plan to record using another software or tracking device and need to post manually, simply head to the results page and “Submit Virtual Result”.
Your confirmation number and last name can be used to confirm your registration before submitting your results.
You can also visit this page to view posted results!
- Multiple event distances or participants under one Race Roster account
If you signed up for more than one distance within the same event, or signed up multiple individuals for the same event, please visit your Race Roster dashboard, select this event and then use the “Connect to App” button for each event distance or person. To send to a friend, copy and paste that connect to app button link and share it with them.
- How to record your participation with the Runkeeper app
To record your participation with the Runkeeper app, you will need to track your activity using your phone or with a connected wearable. You can follow these step-by-step instructions (with images) on how to track your participation using the ASICS Runkeeper app.
- Tracking with your Fitbit, Garmin, or Apple Watch
You can track your participation using your Fitbit, Garmin, or Apple Watch earlier. You must download the Runkeeper app and connect your device prior to starting your activity. Follow these steps to add your Fitbit, Garmin, or Apple Watch activity to the Runkeeper app.
- How to ensure your activity is tracked correctly
Important Information on Results and Race Participation
Awards & prizing:
- There are no Category, Age Group, or Overall prizes to be won.
- Event organizers may remove results that demonstrate or have proven to be inaccurate or falsified
Re-attempting your race:
- You may re-attempt your virtual race distance as many times as you want during the completion period (Sept 10-19)
Multiple registrants on one account:
- If multiple people were registered under one use account/email, please visit the section above on Completing Your Virtual Race
NEW Audio Experiences - powered by ASICS Runkeeper
Take part in your official race and receive bonus audio content as you race! When you use the ASICS Runkeeper App to track and complete your 5K, 10K or Half Marathon, you will hear a unique story that follows the themes for this year. Each kilometre, the story will continue through your headphones until you cross the finish line.
- Audio race features are exclusive to the ASICS Runkeeper App
- You must have the ASICS Runkeeper App connected to your registration for the audio to be included. Additional information can be found in the “Completing Your Virtual Race” section of this email
- Only official race attempts on the app will allow audio. Standard activites not connected to the race will have the original app features
- Mobile phone, GPS-enabled activities can only be used for audio experiences. Connected devices (i.e. Garmin, Fitbit, etc.), treadmill activities or manual entries will not have audio experiences
- Ensure audio, mobile data and location settings are enabled for the ASICS Runkeeper App to prevent any experience disruptions.
Personalized Race Bibs
New for 2021, we encourage you to download your personalized race bib in time for your race. To download it:
- Visit the results page here: https://results.raceroster.com/en/results/qdbsjxetar6rqb5v?sub_event_option=structured_69730
- In the drop-down event option, select “Bib Look-Up”
- Verify your registration by logging into Race Roster or using your Confirmation # and last name
- Under “Bib Look-Up”, enter any time in the provided space. A time must be recorded to generate a result (i.e. 0:00:10), and these times will not be visible
- Once complete, find your name on the results page for “Bib Look-Up”. Click your name to go to your personal results page.
- Download your Finisher Certificate, which will act as your race bib.
- Go race!
Challenge Participants - Important Information:
- All registrants in the Commander’s Challenge (5K + Half Marathon) and 5K + 10K UBIQUE Challenge have access to the results for each individual distance included in their bundle.
- It is required that you complete each distance individually, not as one single activity (i.e. 26.1K or 15K). Activities done in a combined manner must be manually split and recorded as two separate distance results. If you attempt to complete a combined single activity (i.e. 26.1K via the ASICS Runkeeper App or a connected device, the app and results platform may only accept the time associated to the distance in one segment (i.e. 5K or 21.1K)
- You may complete each distance in any order and at any time within the completion period
Challenge Combined results (Optional)
For Commander’s Challenge and 5K + 10K UBIQUE Challenge participants, you have the option to enter your individual distance results into one combined result. To complete this:
- Complete both of your individual distances first, and make note of your time.
- Visit the results page here: (link)
- In the drop-down event option, select “Commander’s Challenge” or “5K + 10K Challenge”
- Verify your registration by logging into Race Roster or using your Confirmation # and last name
- Enter your race results per distance in the indicated space.
- Now you can view your combined results and see how you compare with all challenge participants!
We invite you to visit our official Virtual Expo. Check out important information, sponsored content, and exclusive offers from the event and partners!
Remembrance Row has become a Canada Army Run tradition since 2017. This is an opportunity to remember great Canadians who served, who are no longer with us.
You will find names, images and stories submitted by this year’s participants. We encourage you to visit this page and pay respect, as you prepare to depart on your virtual race.
Remembrance Row is presented in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion
BMO Kids Zone
BMO and the Canadian Army have created some fun activities to get your kids involved in all things race week.
Click here to see images that you can save to your device and print (right-click, “Save as”). These are great ways to get them involved with your race week.
Tips for including your kids:
- Decorate your Start/Finish Line!
Chalk, signs, balloons, a cheer station of stuffed animals… the possibilities are as endless as their imaginations
Cheer you on!
Choose a route that passes home frequently, so they can keep motivating you to the finish
- Check out this year’s Peer to Peer Fundraising Toolkit for tips and tricks to engage your family, friends, colleagues. Your fundraising will champion Support Our Troops and Soldier On!
- Let’s get social during the 10 Days of Canada Army Run (September 10 to 19). Show us your favourite place to run, share your training tips and tricks, and tell us why you are participating in Canada Army Run. Follow @CDNForceSupport on Facebook and Twitter, and keep your eyes peeled for CAF Community activities and awesome prizes during the 10 Days of Canada Army Run!
- Check out this year’s fundraising prizes! We greatly appreciate your support of the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families
Tips for Race Day
Select your route
- Plan your route in advance, and know where you’re going
- Plan a route that includes any possible requirements you may need on race day. This could include water, washrooms, or nearby friends or family
- This is YOUR course, make it memorable! Include landmarks or scenery to help pull you to the FInish.
- Stay hydrated! Use the Nuun Endurance included in your race kit.
- Maintain social distancing, and do not run in groups that are not part of your personal bubble
- Avoid high-traffic times for both pedestrians or vehicles
- Carry your cell phone in case of emergency
- Share your race plan, route and timings with family and friends so they know where you are or where you will be.
- Always follow your local laws when participating. This includes pedestrian, traffic, or social distancing.
- If in high-density areas, wear a face covering to keep yourself and those around you safe.
- Race smart, and push yourself within your limits. When in doubt, slow down!