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Posted: September 18, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Registration for 2009 Canada Army Run -- the "Fastest Growing Run in Canada" -- up 50% over Last Year

Registration Passes 10,500 Mark

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (September 18) -- With two days still to go before event day, registration for the second annual Canada Army Run passed the 10,500 mark yesterday -- moving the race closer to its goal of becoming a major North American destination run and setting another record for participation.

"The Canada Army Run is an exciting and unique event that provides an opportunity for Canadians to show their support for the men and women who protect them at home and abroad while also allowing the military to thank Canadians," said Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay.

Last year, Canada Army Run broke records for an inaugural run, attracting 7000 civilians and military personnel. With two days still to go, the Run has already grown 50% over last year's total, and has again broken records, this time for growth.

"This is the fastest growing run in Canada, possibly North America" said John Halvorsen, President of Run Ottawa, the official race organizer for 2009 Canada Army Run. "This kind of growth is unheard of in the running community, and sets the event up for a very exciting future."

Registration numbers to date are split fairly evenly between the 5K and half marathon events, with the 5K being slightly higher, and there is representation from every province and the Yukon Territory, as well as from the UK, US, Israel, Burundi, and Denmark. About 1000 military personnel (Army, Air Force, and Navy) are expected from bases across Canada.

"I think we're seeing these kinds of numbers and this kind of interest because of the nature of the event itself," said Major Chris Horeczy, who has been the Run Director for the past two years. "Although we created the run last year as a way for the military to say thanks to the Canadians who support us, what became clear last year is that Canadians want to recognize and thank the men and women in the Canadian Forces for what they do at home and abroad. So, we're not only seeing avid runners register, we're seeing people signing up to walk, run, or wheel for very personal reasons -- whether it's in memory of grandparents or parents who spent their careers in the military or in support of sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, or friends who are in the military today."

On-line registration for Canada Army Run closed yesterday, but in-person registration continues today and tomorrow at the Run Expo at Cartier Drill Hall, the military building on the east side of City Hall. The Pasta Dinner, which reached the 400 goal last week, has been extended to 500. A few seats are still available on line at www.armyrun.ca.

About Canada Army Run
Canada Army Run is a unique running event in which civilians run, walk, or wheel side-by-side with members of the Canadian Forces (Air Force, Army, and Navy) in half-marathon and 5K events. Launched in 2008 with 7,000 runners (a Canadian record for the largest number of entrants for an inaugural run), this event is expected to grow to become a North American destination run. Fundraising efforts benefit Soldier On and the Military Families Fund. The 2009 Canada Army Run is scheduled for September 20.

Website: ArmyRun.ca.

Ottawa's Liz Maguire won the women's race in 2008


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