Canada Army Run unveiled three new routes for 2019 earlier this week.
The reveal comes after recent announcements in May that the run would be relocating to the Canadian War Museum.
“The change from the location of the previous 11 editions of Canada Army Run at Ottawa City Hall to the new location at the Canadian War Museum was due to a number of factors,” said Michael Timmermans, Canada Army Run Communications Manager. “Canada Army Run was beginning to outgrow our original location as our event grew over time. There are also a number of construction projects taking place in Ottawa’s downtown core which present logistical and planning challenges.”
The three new routes will challenge participants while showcasing the beautiful scenery of the National Capital Region.
The 5K route will pass Parliament Hill before crossing the Ottawa River and finishing at the Canadian War Museum through old Gatineau, Quebec, while new 10K route will include iconic sites such as 24 Sussex Drive, Rideau Hall, and the Canadian Museum of History before crossing the finish line at the Canadian War Museum.
Participants in the half marathon, the signature Canada Army Run test will pass through a number of sites including:
- 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.
“We are all proud of the beauty and history of the National Capital Region. With our new location at the Canadian War Museum, and new course routes, we expect to give Canada Army Run participants an even more memorable running experience,” said Major Dave Tischhauser, race director, Canada Army Run.
Battle Run Routes
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.
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.
Participants who register for the Normandy Challenge or the Commander’s Challenge will receive a unique bib and race shirt. Finishers will also receive a unique coin as well as their two individual distance dog tag medals.
The run weekend will begin Friday, September 20 and finish Sunday, September 22.
It is estimated that more than 20,000 will run, walk, or roll in the largest running event in the country.
Registration for each event is open until September 16.
For full details on course routes, race fees, and locations, visit Canada Army Run website.