Schedule, Events & Entertainment

Canada Army Run has grown from a one-day event to a weekend of activities and entertainment for the whole family. Among the highlights are:

  • Military bands
  • Military equipment display
  • Military history display
  • Army Run Fundraiser’s Reception – new for 2019!
  • A military-inspired Kids’ Zone
  • Technical T-shirts that sport the Canadian Army camouflage pattern (CADPAT)
  • And much, much more!

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bike Valet, Courtesy of Velofix
Canadian War Museum

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m Race Kit Pick-Up
Canadian War Museum

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m Running Room Expo
Canadian War Museum

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m Military Equipment Display
Canadian War Museum

9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Bike Valet, Courtesy of Velofix
Canadian War Museum

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Race Kit Pick-Up
Canadian War Museum

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Running Room Expo
Canadian War Museum

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Military Equipment Display
Canadian War Museum

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Military Re-Enactors and Historical Displays
Canadian War Museum

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. BMO Kids Zone
Canadian War Museum

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Running Room Friendship Run
Canadian War Museum

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Army Run Fundraiser’s Reception – new for 2019!
Canadian War Museum – Details to be announced May/June 2019

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bike Valet, Courtesy of Velofix
Canadian War Museum

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Running Room Expo
Canadian War Museum

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Military Equipment Display
Canadian War Museum

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Military Re-Enactors
Canadian War Museum

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. BMO Kids Zone
Canadian War Museum

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Baggage Check
Canadian War Museum

7:20 a.m. 5K, presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada – Opening Ceremonies
Canadian War Museum, Booth Street

7:45 a.m. 5K, presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada – Start – Ill, Injured, Disabled
Canadian War Museum, Booth Street

8:00 a.m. 5K, presented by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada – Start (in waves)
Canadian War Museum, Booth Street

8:20 a.m. 10K, presented by Accora Village – Opening Ceremonies
Canadian War Museum, Booth Street

8:40 a.m. 10K, presented by Accora Village – Start – Ill, Injured, Disabled
Canadian War Museum, Booth Street

8:45 a.m. 10K, presented by Accora Village – Start (in waves) Elgin & Laurier

9:00 a.m. Half Marathon Opening Ceremonies
Canadian War Museum, Booth Street

9:25 a.m. Half Marathon Start – Ill, Injured, Disabled
Canadian War Museum, Booth Street

9:30 a.m. Half Marathon Start (in waves)
Canadian War Museum, Booth Street

Saturday, September 21, 9:00 a.m., Canadian War Museum.

Run with John Stanton
Meet your pace bunny and get a few last minute tips from John Stanton. After, head out for a short scenic fun run or walk to loosen up your legs and work out any last minute nervous energy.

Saturday9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday7 a.m. – 1 p.mCanadian War Museum. 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!

The Running Room Expo at Canada Army Run will once again be housed in a military-style 18,000-plus square foot tent that will be open all weekend long. Shop for exclusive deals at retail vendor booths, choose your next destination run and get to know our sponsors and community partners. CHECK IT OUT!

Hours
Friday, September 20: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 21: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 22: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

22826162780_3159df7cbd_zMilitary music has and continues to play a vital role in the history and heritage of the Canadian Army. As such, we at the Canada Army Run are honoured to share the sounds of military music with our participants and volunteers, making this unique event “military” from start to finish. We will also be introducing a number of local and regional bands/musicians over the course of Army Run Weekend. Staying true to the military theme, at least one member from every group is either a retired or serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces, or employed with the Department of National Defence. The performances will take place on the Canada Army Run main stage located at Marion Dewar Plaza – adjacent to Ottawa City Hall – or along the course route.

Main stage entertainment schedule

Friday, September 20 3:00–8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 21 10:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 22 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Are you a member of a band in the National Capital Region that loves to entertain and could benefit from exposure during this year’s Canada Army Run (September 21-23)? Are you ALSO a serving or retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces or an employee of the Department of National Defence (DND)? Then we want to hear from you!

Canada Army Run has a weekend of activities and entertainment for the whole family. Apply today, and your band could be selected to play on the main stage or even somewhere along the race route!

In addition to great exposure to thousands of spectators and participants, selected bands will be profiled in the Canada Run Weekend Event Guide and on our website. Bands will also be offered a small remuneration.

Application Criteria:

  1. At least one member of the band must be a serving or retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces or an employee of DND;
  2. You must provide a link to a video of the band playing; and
  3. We must receive your application before August 31.

To apply, visit here.

New for 2019, Canada Army Run will host a Fundraiser’s Reception in support of the Support our Troops fund and Soldier On.

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Canadian War Museum, Lebreton Gallery

MORE DETAILS TO BE ANNOUCED MAY/JUNE 2019

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15054974714_55a26a8248_zWhen 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. Militaria display Army Run 1Throughout 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 the Canadian War Museum. Also showcased will be impressive static displays of military memorabilia presented by private historical collectors.

Free bike parking, courtesy of Velofix.

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Friday Sept 20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday Sept 21 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Sept 22 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Our complimentary baggage check service, which is available to all participants, is located in the Canadian War Museum. There will be signs directing you to this free service. The tent will be open at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning prior to the start of the Opening Ceremonies. Promotional imagery of the Canadian Army Run bag taken on August 02, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. Photo Credit: Cpl Andrew Wesley, Directorate of Army Public Affairs. All runners will receive a free race bag. Please note: it will be the only bag accepted at the complimentary bag check this year.

For safety and security reasons, a section of the grounds of the Canadian War Museum will be reserved for participants only this year, but coloured meet-up flags will help you and your family find each other post-run. Flag colours will be orange, red, yellow, purple, black, and pink. Make sure to designate a flag colour before you head out on race day!

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