September 17, 2017: Ottawa - National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces: Today, over 20 000 participants ran, walked and rolled through the National Capital Region in the 10th annual Canada Army Run, which coincided with various other celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary. During the race, Canadian Armed Forces personnel and ill and injured members were accompanied by Canadians and participants of all ages and abilities.
Photo by: Maj M.W. Lagacé, Directorate Army Public Affairs - ©2017 DND / MDN Canada
Canada Army Run was honoured to welcome various distinguished guests who ran the race alongside other participants, including: the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence; Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs; Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Major-General Simon Hetherington, Commander, Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre. Also in attendance were Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada; and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, both Patrons of Canada Army Run.
Canada Army Run would like to congratulate all participants in this year’s Run, in particular to the first place finishers of each event:
- 5K: Craig Fettes, top male finisher, and Leah Sherriff, top female finisher
- 5K ill/injured/disabled: Robert Wein, top male finisher, and Christine Gauthier, top female finisher
- 10K: Eric Bang, top male finisher, and Lindsay Khan, top female finisher
- 10K ill/injured/disabled: Andrew Soon, top male finisher, and Christine Gauthier, top female finisher
- Half-marathon: Kyle Wyatt, top male finisher, and Sacha Hourihan, top female finisher
- Half-marathon ill/injured/disabled: Fred Connor, top male finisher, and Christine Gauthier, top female finisher
Official results from today’s event are available at Sportstats.ca.
For more information and details about Canada Army Run, please visit Armyrun.ca, follow Canada Army Run on social media (links available on the ArmyRun.ca website), and/or download the Canada Army Run mobile app.
After the race Major Gus Garant, Canada Army Run Race Director said, "I am extremely grateful to everyone involved in this year’s event - sponsors, partners, Army personnel, and volunteers - for organising yet another amazing Canada Army Run. Thank you to all of you joining us this weekend to help us celebrate 10 fantastic years. It’s been an incredible journey. See you at next year’s edition on September 23, 2018!"
- Canada Army Run is one of the most inspiring events in the country, where civilians, Canadian Armed Forces personnel and runners of all ages and abilities run, walk and roll together side-by-side to show their pride as Canadians, and as runners.
- In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Canada Army Run added more events. New this year were the 10K and the Vimy Challenge. Participants entering the Vimy Challenge, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, took part in the 5K race followed by the 10K.
- Since 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $2.1 million in support of Soldier On and Support Our Troops Fund – two Canadian Armed Forces financial support programs that provide assistance to ill and injured soldiers and military families in need.
- Canada Army Run race weekend offers something for everyone, including military displays, a Kids’ Zone, live music, a sports expo, and a unique opportunity to interact with your Canadian Army.
Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is a unique running event in which Canadians run, walk or roll side-by-side with members of the Canadian Armed Forces in either a half marathon, 10K, or 5K events; or two challenges, the Commander’s Challenge or the Vimy Challenge.
Photo by: CSgt R.M. McKinnon, Directorate Army Public Affairs - ©2017 DND / MDN Canada