This just in:
If you were planning on registering for the 2013 Canada Army Run, I hope you’ve already done so because it’s officially full!
It filled up nearly a month faster then it did last year when the event sold out at the end of June. This year organizers added 4,000 extra spots to accommodate demand for a race that has quickly become Ottawa’s premiere fall running event.
Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay, said that fact that the race has filled up so quickly, even with the extra spaces, sends a message to those men and women who make sacrifices for our country.
“Every day, at home and abroad, members of the Canadian Armed Forces are asked to make sacrifices. I’m delighted that Canada Army Run has sold out again and that so many Canadians will take advantage of this unique opportunity to personally thank our men and women in uniform for all they do to keep us safe,” said MacKay.
On Sunday, September 22, 12,000 people will be taking to the streets of Ottawa to run, walk or roll in the 5 km race, and 10,000 people are signed up to take part in the half marathon event. That’s a total of 22,000 people participating in a run that supports the Military Families Fund and Soldier On. Last year the Army Run raised over $250,000 for both charities.
Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin said that the support people show for members of the military through this run, is the event’s most important element.
“I take immense pride in the growing popularity of this event and the tremendous support that Canadians continue to show our soldiers, who are always ready and hard at work on their behalf. Knowing we have the support of our family, friends, community, and country is so important both for morale and operational effectiveness. We are stronger for it,” said Devlin.
Good luck to all those who are registered to run in this year’s race and thanks for staying Up to Speed!