Canada Army Run unveils new routes and events for 2019
Along with a move to its new location at the Canadian War Museum, the Canada Army Run is introducing new combined events plus three new routes for 2019 that will challenge participants while showcasing the beautiful scenery of the National Capital Region.
- Participants running the 5K course will pass historic Parliament Hill before crossing the Ottawa River and returning to the Canadian War Museum through old Gatineau, Quebec.
- The 10K route includes iconic Canadian sites such as 24 Sussex Drive, Rideau Hall and the Canadian Museum of History before heading to the finish line at the Canadian War Museum.
- The 21.1K half marathon, the signature Canada Army Run test, will take participants past:
– 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Canada;
– Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General of Canada;
– Sir George Etienne Cartier Parkway along the Ottawa River;
– through the historic Rockcliffe neighbourhood;
– Beechwood Cemetery and the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces;
– Canadian Aviation and Space Museum; and
– Gatineau, Quebec before heading to the finish line on Booth Street.
Keeping with the military theme, all participants will receive a unique shirt and bib for the run and will be presented with military-style dog tag medals by members of the Canadian Army after completing the 5K, 10K and half-marathon events.
To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, Canada Army Run is adding a new running event, the Normandy Challenge, which combines the 5K with the 10K. Serious runners will rise to the Commander’s Challenge, which combines the 5K and half-marathon into Canada Army Run’s ultimate challenge.
Participants who register for the Normandy Challenge or the Commander’s Challenge will receive a unique bib and race shirt. In addition, upon completion of the respective Challenges, finishers will receive a special coin as well as their two individual distance dog tag medals.
Race Director, Major Dave Tischhauser, says the new course routes will create “an even more memorable running experience” for participants.
For full details on course routes and locations, visit Canada Army Run website.
Sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal, the Canada Army Run is the largest running event in Canada where civilians and Canadian Armed Forces personnel run, walk or roll together.
Since its inaugural run in 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $3 million for Support Our Troops and Soldier On military charities.
The 2019 race weekend kicks off on Friday, September 20 and culminates on Sunday, September 22. More than 20,000 participants will run, walk or roll in running events including the 5K, 10K, and half marathon and the multi-distance Normandy and Commander’s Challenge events.