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Army Run Ottawa

Posted by on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 2:50pm.

Runners are you ready? 

25,000 runners got up bright and early this morning to compete in the 8th annual Army Run. The Army Run is the fastest growing race in Canada, and it offers the always popular 5k and half-marathon distances.

From start to finish, this race is like no other. The runners line up on Elgin St; there is a blast from a cannon which echoes off the tall buildings, and the runners are out of the gate. Standing on the sidelines cheering the runners was Mayor Jim Watson and his Excellency David Johnston. This race is more about a sense of community than competition.  

What makes this run unique? You’re running next to Canadian soldiers – many who have suffered debilitating injuries from war. What better way to show your support of our troops than lining up next to them and pushing through together? 

The race begins with the injured soldiers: some visually impaired, others with prosthetic limbs, some wheelchair bound. Whatever the injury, these soldiers walk, run and roll their way to the finish line with the support of all the other runners and the spectators. It really is a sight to be seen.  

The Army Run brings together military and civilians from all over the country. Military abroad even hold their own versions of the race. The race is a way for civilians to see the true cost of war (families who suffer; soldiers who are injured), but it is also a way for us all to see the heart and spirit that all of these men and women possess. They sacrifice so much for the well-being of Canadians, and this race enables us all to get together and show our support. 

Looking for something new? Sign up for next year’s Army Run, or sign up for one of the many races coming up this fall. Don’t sit on the sidelines. If these injured soldiers can push through and complete a 5k or a half-marathon, then surely you have it in you to challenge yourself in some way.

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