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Posted: May 9, 2019:  

Athletics: Canada Army Run is on the move!

May 9, 2019: Ottawa - National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces: As a result of a new partnership, Canada Army Run race weekend is moving to the Canadian War Museum. Having previously been hosted at Ottawa City Hall, all Army Run events will now take place at the Canadian War Museum, located on the scenic Ottawa River and LeBreton Flats parkland. This new venue will allow runners and visitors to have a fuller experience of Canada Army Runís military origins.

Canada Army Run race weekend kicks off on Friday, September 20 with race kit pickup. It continues on Saturday, September 21 with the Running Room Expo, the Juno Challenge obstacle course for kids, and exhibits of historic military armaments and current military equipment. Race weekend will culminate on Sunday, September 22 with five separate running events.

Canada Army Run race participants at the start of the 2018 Canada Army Run.Photo credit: Able Seaman Camden Scott, Canadian Army Public Affairs. 2018 DND / MDN Canada

Since its inception in 2008, Canada Army Run has grown to become one of the largest running events in Canada, attracting more than 20,000 runners of all ability levels to run, roll or walk the 5K, 10K and half-marathon courses. For those looking for a more serious test of their physical mettle, the Commanderís Challenge and Normandy Challenge combine multiple events in a demanding run.

Canada Army Run raises money for two of the Canadian Armed Forcesí charitable funds - Soldier On Fund, which assists ill or injured soldiers, and Support Our Troops Fund, which benefits military families in need.

"Moving to the Canadian War Museum is a natural fit for Canada Army Run. The War Museum is a destination people from all over the world come to see. It adds even more military flavour to Canada Army Run. You couldnít ask for a better partner." - Major Dave Tischhauser. Director of Canada Army Run

"Ottawa City Hall was a great host for Canada Army Run and we are grateful to the City of Ottawa for its generosity and support, but itís hard to find a setting more ideal than the Canadian War Museum for this incredible event. On race weekend, Canadians and the Canadian Armed Forces come together in a spirit of camaraderie and community to support each other. I canít think of a better setting for Canada Army Run." - Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander of the Canadian Army

"As Canadaís national museum for military history, we are pleased to be the site for Canada Army Run. The Run is an important community event which honours the service of current members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, and we wish the organizers and all participants much success with this yearís event." - James Whitham, Acting Director General of the Canadian War Museum

About the Army Run:

  • Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is the one running event in the country where civilians and Canadian Armed Forces personnel of all ages and abilities run, walk and roll together.
  • The Normandy Challenge combines the 5K and 10K events into a fun and demanding run which honours the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The popular Commanderís Challenge, where participants compete in both the 5K and half marathon events, is back in 2019 for a fourth year in a row and is one serious challenge.
  • Weekend events include military displays, historical displays, vendor and information expo, live music and BMO Kidsí Zone.
  • The Canadian War Museum houses a collection of about 3 million artifacts, including uniforms, medals, weapons, war art, aircraft, military vehicles and artillery.
  • The two principal objectives of Canada Army Run are supporting the Soldier On Fund and the Support Our Troops fund which provides care for serving and retired members with physical and/or mental illness or injury and the Support Our Troop Fund which provides support to military families in need.
  • Over the past 10 years, Canada Army Run has raised more than $3 million for Support Our Troops and Soldier On. For more information on these funds, please visit SupportOurTroops.ca and SoldierOn.ca.
  • Soldier On has assisted more than 4,500 soldiers recovering from physical or mental injuries. It has seen a 105 percent increase in applications over the last two years.

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