Due to Queen Elizabeth II’s passing earlier this month, the Canadian Army has postponed its signature event of the year, the in-person portion of the Canada Army Run.
“During the national period of mourning, our focus remains on remembering and honouring our late Queen, including supporting the state funeral in London, England, and the commemorative events in Ottawa. It is for this reason, I have decided to postpone the Canada Army Run in-person event in Ottawa,” stated LGen. Jocelyn Paul, Commander of the Canadian Army, in a statement.
Queen Elizabeth was not only the Canadian Head of State, but she also had the position of Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
Army Run Rescheduled
According to LGen. Paul’s statement that the Canada Army Run has now been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022.
The first in-person event since 2019 was set to be held on Sept. 18. And there was a great deal of anticipation for the return of this blockbuster event that draws hundreds of participants, both from the civilian and military world.
“The Army Sergeant Major and I recognize the anticipation and excitement for this event- our first in-person Canada Army Run in three years- is strong. We fully understand that this postponement may cause disruptions including travel plans and visits with loved ones. WE kindly as for your patience and appreciate your understanding as we adjust the Canada Army Run to allow for a remarkable event at a more appropriate time,” added LGen. Paul.
Due to the rescheduling, if anyone cannot participate in person, they are encouraged to try the virtual option. However, if neither option is feasible the Canada Army Run will be offering a full refund for in-person registration.
If participants choose not to ask for a refund, they will still receive a race kit. Contributions will go towards Soldier On and Support Our Troops funds.
“Their programming continues to positively impact the lives of ill and injured CAF members, and their families. This is why Canada Army Run is ‘No Ordinary Race,” noted the Canadian Army Commander.
About the Canada Army Run
Presented by BMO, the Canada Army Run has taken place in Ottawa every year since 2008. The event has a signature flair to give participants a taste of the military: such as dog tag medals that participants wear and a cannon shot as a starter pistol.
The event is meant to bring together the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and Royal Canadian Navy with the Canadian public. This year the event will feature a virtual 5K, virtual 10K, virtual 5+10K, virtual 21K, and virtual 21K +5K. It will also feature in-person 5K, 10K, and 5K+10K.
Registration for the Canada Army Run has been extended. To register or learn more, click here.