Canadian Army Run

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Location Elgin St. and Laurier Ave


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Start Date/Time September 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am
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Address Ottawa
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Gritty Kitty
September 27th, 2015 6:20 pm

Easy registration. Love the tech long sleeve shirts. Corrals were very overcrowded and the wait to start was very long. Nice course but don't plan for a PB as it gets quite congested at parts and you have to walk or pass on the shoulder to get around people. Ample water stations and lots of great cheering sections along the way, loved the Fireman salute! The ending was disappointing having to wait corralled up in a huge group for extended period of time as people got their dog tags. Need to re-think how to hand them out to make the process much quicker...bananas, bagels and water at finish line. Massage tent was a nice touch. We stayed over at a nearby hotel to avoid the hassle of finding parking. Virtual swag bag was of no interest with some discounts available locally.

Ruth H.
April 24th, 2015 4:14 pm

This race was very much an emotionally charged event. It was for a great cause and we got to say thank you to the members of the armed forces at the start and at the finish. But as other runner clapped for us as they went by I was moved to tears. Seeing the fire fighters lined up saluting us as we went by did the same thing. I can't say enough good things about this race. Come experience it yourself!

January 10th, 2015 8:32 pm

Very nice course and loved the presence of soldiers at the beginning and end for medals. Corrals were overpacked way ahead of time and thus many runners had to wait and jump the fences once the race started (not a good way to start). Obviously this race has grown too big (too fast) and organizers need to refocus on quality. Having the 5k finish as half-marathon are coming on site for their race also created problems (hard to move through site).

Sara Bettencourt
October 13th, 2014 3:59 pm

I would run this race again year after year - its so inspirational to get to see the support for those who are serving or have served in the military.

Phenomenal organization for a race so large from the expo all the way to the finish!

Great scenery along the 5k.. Hoping to do the half marathon next year.

September 28th, 2014 11:48 am

This was not my first half-marathon. I am a trail runner and I was looking for a mental focus for my summer training. My daughter and myself had participated a few years in a row in the 5k and loved everything about it; very well organized, the atmosphere and the cause.
I was not disappointed with the atmosphere or the cause this year however the organization not sharing a very important change to the start, the scatter start time. That was hard on ones mindset at the start. If I was aware I would have been able to get ready for that. I know of a friend that waited almost 45 minutes to start...not a good first step to the event.

September 25th, 2014 3:57 pm

This was my first year running this half marathon. The organization was outstanding, 12,000 people running the half and 13,000 running the 5km. The corals were tight which was expected. The course was beautiful, Rideau Hall was a nice addition this year. Fairly flat. Warm and humid to start and then pouring rain around the 10km mark for 15 mins (very refreshing). Loved the dog tag medals! Will definitely do this run next year.

September 22nd, 2014 1:33 pm

Army Run was awesome! It was my first and will never forget it. Receiving the medal from a young soldier is so rewarding. I walked this year because a friend of my daughters could not make it due to a medical reason. So very glad I did this for her.

However I was very disappointed because I am not a runner and they say that all walkers are welcome. We paid the registration fee, participated with all our heart and soul and patriotism. Then at the end of the race after 3:30 or 4 hrs for all of us who did their best, everything was packed and taken away at the food and poncho tent. We were soaked and had smiles on our faces even if we were out there for longer. No indications where to go after we crossed the finish line. No music or cheers at the tent. It was a bit of a let down as if we did not really fit in because we did not run it. Quite a few people came in after 3:30 of walking.

Even with this disappointment I would recommend this race to friends etc...and I do want to participate in more.

I want to say a very big thank you to the volunteers, they were amazing and if not for them, this would not be such a success.

September 27th, 2013 1:16 pm

This was the second time I have run the 5 km distance of this race. Beautiful course and great atmosphere. The growth of the race has pushed it to a new level and IMO there need to be some changes in how the corrals are started to ease congestion. The Expo was great in the outside venue, the registration process and kit pick up was flawless. Well done!

David Nimmo
September 26th, 2013 5:51 pm

This was my first 1/2 marathon and without a doubt the most scenic race I have ran. Crowds were very well organized the vibe was amazing and uplifting. Really enjoyed the Expo. the cheering teams along the way made for such a fun time and the time seemed to pass quickly. The volunteers were very organized, friendly and helpful. The Army participants made one feel proud to be Canadian. I will sign up for this race every year and would recommend this race to all. Great for families too. Soldier On !!

September 23rd, 2013 8:37 pm

Great spirited race and amazing community support whether you have a connection to the military or just want to show support. The optional pasta dinner was also a great place to meet people who are supported by the Soldier On charity and get inspired by their stories - truly humbling! Oh yes, and awesome door prizes (hotels, Porter flights, etc). The military theme was throughout - camoflage on the race shirts, race starts with a cannon, military equipment on display at the expo, and dog tags as a medal.

There was a lot of spirit on the course - tons of funny and inspirational fan posters and cheering crowds, the Commander of the army out rooting for runners, and supposedly the Governor General was giving fist-bumps out front of his house. Also a nice course - past Parliament and the war museum, into Quebec and back, over several bridges, some mild hills to keep things interesting, and ending at Confederation Park.

For an event organized by the military, I thought some of the logistics could have been improved. It's a large race and the field was congested for at least the first half. Splitting the two start waves into three waves might help alleviate this.

I also found the signage to be lacking, both pre-race (saying the bag check is located "in Confederation Park" is pretty useless when you're trying to quickly drop off a bag in a park full of 10,000 runners, multiple points of interest, and with no pointers to the location of any amenities (or to the fact that the bag check was inside the expo tent) and no volunteers or race officials to be found. Then when I finally found the bag check, I couldn't get near it because there were several hundred 5 km runners who'd already finished and were waiting to pick their stuff up. It was actually faster to run back to my hotel, ditch my sweater, and run back just in time for the start.

The km markers on the race were inconsistent (missing or unnoticeable) after the first 5 km or so and were completely absent after 18 km - a serious frustration when the race was about 500 m longer than the estimate offered by my GPS watch and while I was hyponatremic (my own fault) and cursing for a finish line I could not see until about 100 m away.

I also wish the half marathon started earlier than 9 am. If you're from out of town and take more than 2 hours to complete the race, it's tough to get back to your hotel in time to shower and check out by noon. My hotel (one of the official race hotels) was full of runners and so would only offer an extended checkout for a $50 fee. Switching the start times for the 5k and half would help address this, and would fix the problem for half marathoners trying to check their bags while hundreds of 5k runners are trying to pick theirs up! It's a military run - why not start on military time?

Those details are fairly minor opportunities for improvement and while frustrating did not affect my enjoyment of the race or my willingness to endorse it strongly.

I would definitely recommend the Army Run to runners looking to express support for the military or to wish for world peace or to share national pride with a community of thousands - alongside some of the great sites of the capital region!

August 19th, 2013 7:10 pm

I ran this race in 2012. Absolutely loved it!


-great scenic route
-super organized
-great support from the community and volunteers
-a unique dog tag medal (the perfect souvenir!)
-great post-race food that was neatly packed in a box for each participant, preventing lineups
-very informative emails/updates
-quick responses from organizers if you had any questions



Sign up early as it sells out fairly quickly.

February 28th, 2013 3:19 pm

This was my first time in this Run and it was a very emotional day with the soldiers and all the great supporters. I agree with prvious post very hard last few Km's when you could see the finish line aross the canal.

February 24th, 2013 12:16 pm

Great spirit from both the runners and the fans. Excellent view that took you through the historic areas of Ottawa.

January 26th, 2013 7:17 pm

This was my third year running the Canadian Army run and it gets better and better each year. I'm from Colorado and this has been my destination half-marathon each year since I found out about it at the US Army Ten Miler Expo in 2009. Very unique long sleeve tech shirts and I really like the "dog-tag" medal at the finish. I hope that the expo has more race logo items next year (jacket, shirts, bags, etc.). I WILL race it again!!!

November 8th, 2012 2:08 pm

Ran the Army Half for the first time this year and this is a very unique race that I was proud to take part in. Firstly the injured soldiers are unbelievably inspiring! However this race was sooo congested. I was outside of my corral because there was no more room inside the corral. They need to really fix this problem since so many people were complaining and some where jumping over the fences and hurting other runners. You also could not run across the start line with so many runners around you. The course is beautiful and I felt I was geting a tour of the city, I thoroughly enjoyed the run. However the post race food was a selection of items that all contained peanuts. Remember race directors, peanut allergies are on the rise and there is nothing worse than running a half and being able to eat anything provided to you. Someone said there were bananas, but I never found them.

October 12th, 2012 5:07 pm

The course was beautiful and the race had an amazing energy. However, the race kits consisted of only a tshirt! Afterwards, it was disorganized and difficult to find the awards ceremony. One good point was that the post-race food was in a box so you were able to eat right away!

Supporting the Troops
October 3rd, 2012 11:05 am

We stayed at the Marriott as it is a short walk to the site. Registration is fast and well organized and the tech shirts are great! Timed/chip race, pace bunnies and a well marked race with minimal hills. Lots of music and participants and traffic is re-routed along the way. Water stations and port-o-lets along the route and a creative dog-tag style medal for all finishers. We arrived the day before to pick up our race kit to avoid rushing in the morning. Register early as this one sells out quick! test

September 28th, 2012 4:01 pm

Good, scenic run and fairly well organised.

Great feel to the run, and good to see old friends gathered for it, plus a great cause!

The start was a little rough with the number of people, so a start in waves, not just corrals might be better for next year to give some space in between waves. Had to walk through the start line and almost a km past with the number of people. At the end, people weren't clearing out of the finish chute all that well, and the recovery and feed area wasn't really well marked, or people weren't urged to move through to it.

Will definitely run next year, but will try and get further up front of the crowds.

February 24th, 2012 8:29 pm

Great race - so many people! Got to see Ottawa from a whole different view point. Only problem was the refuel station at the end was not clearly marked! Need to have more marshals to direct people to the bananas.

February 24th, 2012 8:44 pm

Army Run was absolutely fantastic!! Loved running through the city and the sense of commraderie between runners. Only crappy part was running the last 3km where I saw the finish line on the other side of the canal!!! Otherwise, a great great run!

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