Canada Army Run Attracts Thousands to Downtown Ottawa

Another Successful Edition Attracts Thousands to Downtown Ottawa

News release September 18, 2023 – Ottawa, ON. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The 16th edition of Canada Army Run, presented by BMO, brought together thousands of runners and supporters to the streets of Ottawa. Throughout the weekend, a series of family-friendly activities were held, with the festivities concluding through various races. This year’s event provided racers with the unique opportunity to run, roll, or walk alongside members of the military in the 5K, 10K, half marathon, Sergeant Major’s Challenge (5K + 10K), and Commander’s Challenge (5K + half marathon). Lieutenant-General Jocelyn Paul, Commander Canadian Army, had the honour of kicking off the races. Those unable to participate in person have been virtually taking part in the event since September 8 and will continue racing virtually until September 29.

In addition to being an opportunity for Canadians to thank Canadian Armed Forces members who serve at home and abroad, Canada Army Run directly supports serving members, Veterans and their families, with race proceeds and participants’ fundraising efforts going to Support Our Troops and Soldier On.

The theme chosen for Canada Army Run 2023, “Showcasing the Army of Today,” aimed to present the current reality of the Canadian Army while also offering participants and supporters a deeper understanding of the current opportunities available within the military and the contributions made by the military to Canada’s safety.

Canada Army Run is anything but your typical race; it is “No Ordinary Race.” Canada Army Run stands as a symbol of support for Canadian Armed Forces members who defend Canada and our interests, as well as their families.


“It is truly remarkable to see the running community, along with military supporters, coming together year after year to show their appreciation to the Canadian Armed Forces members and to raise funds for Support Our Troops and Soldier On. Your participation is making a real and tangible difference in the life of ill and injured members of the military and veterans as well as their families.”

Lieutenant-General Jocelyn (Joe) Paul, Commander Canadian Army

Quick Facts

  • Since its inception in 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $4.5 million for Support Our Troops and Soldier On, which support ill and injured CAF members, Veterans and their families.
  • 2023 has, once again, seen a successful Canada Army Run. In fact, this year, more than 2,700 participants ran, walked or rolled virtually across Canada, while 10,500 participated in person in Ottawa.
  • The Canada Army Run team, along with the Canadian Armed Forces, are happy to announce that Canada Army Run will be back next year, on Sunday, September 22, 2024.