The Normandy Challenge

The Normandy Challenge is an event within Canada Army Run where participants run or roll officially in BOTH the 5K event at 8:00 a.m, followed by the 10K at 8:45 a.m.).

Participants who register for the Normandy 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 individual distance dog tag medals.

The Normandy Challenge was added to the 2019 Canada Army Run line-up to commemorate the anniversary of the landings in Normandy during the Second World War, part of what is known as D-Day.

Participants can register for the Normandy Challenge by clicking here and choosing the “Normandy 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. ** Don’t see an answer to your question? Click here.

Below are answers to common questions about the Normandy Challenge

  • You must start the 10K by the time of the last wave (event starts at 8:45 a.m.). No exceptions will be made after the last wave
  • You will not be able to start the 10K after the last wave
  • Walking/5K times slower than 45 minutes are not recommended
  • Due to time restrictions, slower times are encouraged for any other event
  • Participants receive the exclusive Normandy Challenge shirt only. 5K and 10K shirts may 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 Normandy Challenge coin in the Recovery Zone, after the 10K
  • 2019 will be the only year for the Normandy Challenge
    • 2020 will commemorate Victory in Europe (Second World War)

Do you have a personal or family connection to Normandy? Who will you be running in remembrance of? Share your story to keep their memory alive, to inspire others and so that we do not forget this important piece of history:



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