To commemorate the 75th anniversary of a Second World War battle, the Canada Army Run has announced a new challenge, the Ortona Challenge, will be part of the 11th annual Canada Army Run.
Named after the Battle of Ortona, participants in this event will take part in the 5K race followed by the 10K.
The Battle of Ortona took place from Dec. 20 to Dec. 28, 1943, between regiments of the Canadian Army and German paratroopers on the coastal town of Ortona, Italy.
The Battle is defined by its intense, close-quarter, house-to-house and street-to-street fighting. More than 1,200 Canadian troops lost their lives during this battle while fighting for the liberation of the Italian people.
The Canada Army Run is a unique event bringing together civilians, and Canadian Armed Forces personnel in a friendly competition to walk, run or roll down the streets of Ottawa.
Since 2008, Canada Army Run has raised more than $2.6 million in support of Soldier On and Support Our Troops Fund.
Alongside the Ortona Challenge, the Commander’s Challenge, which combines both the 5K and half marathon events, will be back in 2018 for the third year.
Next year’s run will take place on Sunday, Sept. 23.
Registration is now open for the 11th annual Canada Army Run or for more information click here www.armyrun.ca.