CAF Army Run a great success

On this beautiful fall day in Ottawa-Gatineau, more than 23,000 participants ran, walked and rolled through the National Capital Region in the 9th annual Canada Army Run, presented by BMO. During the race, Canadian Armed Forces personnel and ill and injured soldiers were accompanied by participants of all ages and abilities.

Canada Army Run was happy to welcome various distinguished members as they ran the race alongside other participants including the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister; and Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army. 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: Alex Berhe, top male finisher, and Katie Phillips, top female finisher
  • 5K ill/injured/disabled: Mohammad Khashan, top male finisher, and Ruth Hurst, top female finisher
  • Half-marathon: Thomas Des Brisay, top male finisher, and Rachel Hannah, top female finisher
  • Half-marathon ill/injured/disabled: Joey Desjardins, top male finisher, and Christine Gauthier, top female finisher

Official results from today’s event are available at www.sportstats.com.

“Members of the Canadian Armed Forces make sacrifices every day to keep our country safe whether at home or abroad, and the incredible amount of support we receive from Canadians is quite humbling. On behalf of the Canadian Army and our families, thank you. I look forward to seeing everyone next year to celebrate our 10th anniversary,” said Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army.

Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is one of the most inspiring events in the country, where civilians, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel, and runners of all ages and abilities run, walk, and roll together to show their pride as Canadians and as runners.

Since 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $1.6 million in support of Soldier On and the Military Families Fund – two CAF financial support programs that provide assistance to ill and injured soldiers and military families in need. 

New to this year, the Commander’s Challenge is an official event within Canada Army Run where participants run, walk or roll officially in both the 5K and half marathon events. In addition, upon completion of the challenge, participants receive a special coin as well as their dog tag medals. Also new this year is the Juno Challenge, where kids who complete a military-themed obstacle course in the BMO Kids’ Zone will take home a special medal.

The Canada Army Run race weekend offers something for everyone, including a unique opportunity to interact with your Canadian Army.