Vol. 3, Issue 3

Vol. 3, Issue 3 – September 15, 2011

 

 

Message from the Mayor of Ottawa: Jim Watson

On behalf of the City of Ottawa, it is my privilege to thank you for participating in the 2011 Canada Army Run, the fastest growing run in the country. This is an important opportunity to show support for our military and to help raise funds to support ill or injured soldiers, as well as military families, when they need it most. I wish you a successful race, but most of all, extend my appreciation for your participation and support of those men and women who serve our country so honourably.

Key Dates

Friday, Sept. 16

1:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Race Kit Pickup, Run Expo, and Military Equipment Display at Cartier Square Drill Hall

2:00 p.m.
Army Run Red Rally
Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall

Saturday, Sept. 17

9:00 a.m.
Running Room’s 3K Friendship Run
Ottawa City Hall (Laurier Avenue)

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Race Kit Pickup, Run Expo, and Military Equipment Display at Cartier Square Drill Hall

6:00 p.m.
Pasta Dinner served military field-kitchen style in Confederation Park

Sunday, Sept. 18

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Military Equipment Display at Cartier Square Drill Hall

5K
7:45 a.m.
Start for Injured and Ill Soldiers/Athletes with Disabilities

8:00 a.m.
5K Mass Start

Half Marathon
8:45 a.m.
Start for Injured and Ill Soldiers/Athletes with Disabilities

9:00 a.m.
Half Marathon Mass Start

11:30 a.m.
5K and Half Marathon Awards Ceremony

Join Running Guru John Stanton for "Friendship Run" Sept. 17

Come out for Running Room’s free 3K Friendship Run on Saturday, September 17, at 9 a.m. in front of Ottawa’s City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West). Meet this year’s pace bunnies, get a few last-minute running tips from John Stanton (the president and founder of Running Room), and then head out for a short, scenic fun run or walk to loosen up your legs and work out any last minute nervous energy before the big day on Sunday!

iRun Contest Winner to Run Half Marathon with Soldier

Congratulations goes to Kathleen Hay, winner of iRun Magazine‘s "Why do you run Canada Army Run?" contest. Kathleen – the daughter of a late Second World War veteran – says she runs in memory of her father, in memory of other soldiers she’s known and for today’s military. She ends her 600-word entry with "I think back to my participation in last year’s event in Ottawa. Read more …

New Route for Half Marathon

The new route for the half marathon, which crosses into Gatineau and is flatter than last year’s course but just as scenic, has been finalized and certified. Check it out here.

Win a 2012 Canada Army Run Prize Package!

Enter to win a 2012 Canada Army Run prize pack that includes a head-to-toe New Balance footwear and apparel package, a $100 Running Room gift certificate, and a complimentary entry to the 2012 Canada Army Run! Simply fill out the entry form located here and drop it off at the New Balance booth at the Army Run Sports Expo September 16th or 17th.

GoodLife Fitness Encourages Canadians to Live Happier,
Healthier Lives

GoodLife Fitness is proud to be a presenting sponsor of this year’s Canada Army Run! For over 30 years we have been committed to caring for communities across Canada. We want to give every Canadian the opportunity to live a healthier, happier good life. Join us at the Army Run this September 18, and bring your bib into one of our locations by October 15th to receive a complimentary one week pass. Find a club near you at www.goodlifefitness.com

Canada Army Run is now on Twitter!

TwitterFollow us on Twitter @CanadaArmyRun for the latest updates and
news about the 2011 Canada Army Run. Use #ArmyRun to join the conversation on Canada Army Run weekend.

In this Issue

  1. Message from the Mayor
  2. Canada Army Run Sells Out, But Other Ways to Participate!
  3. Note from the Commander of the Canadian Army
  4. Special Red Rally to Kick Off this Year’s Army Run Weekend
  5. Join Running Guru John Stanton for "Friendship Run" Sept. 17
  6. Mom of U.S. Marine to Run Half Marathon with Ottawa Friend
  7. iRun Contest Winner to Run Half Marathon with Soldier
  8. Pace Bunny Platoon Will Help You Reach Your Timing Goals!
  9. The KAF Canada Army Run to be Held Same Day as Ottawa Event
  10. New Route for Half Marathon
  11. Military Chef Brings Field Experience to Pasta Dinner
  12. GoodLife Fitness Encourages Canadians to Live Happier, Healthier Lives
  13. IRun: The Running Show Features Canada Army Run Participants
  14. Win a 2012 Canada Army Run Prize Package!
  15. Facebook Fan Wins Free Registration!
Canada Army Run Sells Out, But Other Ways to Participate!

Canada Army Run has sold out, with more than 16,000 expected to run, walk or roll on September 18.

For those who missed registration, there are other ways to get involved, including the special Red Rally, the military equipment display, the Sports Expo, and the Saturday evening pasta dinner. But as a minimum, come out on Sunday and cheer on the participants, including our injured and ill soldiers, who demonstrate the true spirit of ‘soldiering on’ and are an inspiration to us all.

 

Note from the Commander of the Canadian Army

As the Commander of the Canadian Army, I have the privilege this year, once again, to serve as the official military "host" of Canada Army Run. This role provides many opportunities – through forums such as this newsletter – to publicly thank participants, volunteers, sponsors, and many others for their support in helping build this young run into the world-class event it has become. On behalf of the men and women of the Canadian Forces – thank you!

Although it’s hard to pinpoint a single reason why this run is growing so rapidly, running guru John Stanton – the president and founder of Running Room Inc. and a member of the Order of Canada – perhaps summed it up best when he said: "Canada Army Run has captured the imagination of Canadians like few runs before have ever done. Its appeal extends far beyond the running community. Canadians from all walks of life are embracing the unique opportunity to connect directly with our men and women in uniform and say ‘thanks for all you do’."

Every member of the Canadian Forces appreciates that "thanks" and feels pride in the growing popularity of this event.

We also appreciate the tremendous support that Canadians have shown through their very generous contributions to Soldier On and the Military Families Fund – the two initiatives that benefit from fundraising efforts undertaken as part of Canada Army Run. These contributions provide direct assistance to ill or injured soldiers and our military families.

Thank you once again, and I hope to see you at this year’s Canada Army Run – the largest ever. It promises to be the best one yet!

LGen Peter Devlin
Commander of the Canadian Army

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Special Red Rally to Kick Off this Year’s Army Run Weekend

Wear red and come together for a special Red Rally Friday, September 16, at 2 p.m. in Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall. The Commander of the Canadian Army Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson will officially kick off Canada Army Run Weekend and will recognize a
number of deserving members of the Army Team from across the country. The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Pipes and Drums – will be the featured entertainment.

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Mom of U.S. Marine to Run Half Marathon with Ottawa Friend

Good friends Marie McMahon, from New York state, and Sharon Tobin, from Ottawa, both have personal reasons for running in this year’s Canada Army Run. Marie – the mom of 21-year-old Travis, a U.S. Marine currently deployed in Afghanistan – has made the decision to only participate in runs associated with the military. Sharon – who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy last year – is preparing to run her first-ever marathon in October. On September 18, Sharon and Marie will be running the Canada Army Run half marathon together, in friendship and in support of each other’s personal journeys. Read more …

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Pace Bunny Platoon Will Help You Reach Your Timing Goals!

The Pace Bunny Platoon is locked and loaded for this year’s Army Run, and it has some new recruits. For the first time at Canada Army Run, the half marathon will have three walk-only pacers, at 2:45, 3:00 and 3:15. These pacers will join the other 35+ who make up the Running Room-sponsored pacer platoon at Canada Army Run and who work hard to help participants reach their timing goals.

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The KAF Canada Army Run to be Held Same Day as Ottawa event

Corporal Jean-Philippe Dion ran the 5K in his first-ever Canada Army Run last year, joining 14,000 others under sunny, cool skies in the nation’s capital, with an impressive time of 16:40. This year, he will be running the 5K again, but in the altitude, heat and dust of Afghanistan, when he joins an expected 700 other soldiers from nations around the world in the 3rd annual KAF Canada Army Run in Kandahar Air Field (KAF). Read more…

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Military Chef Brings Field Experience to Pasta Dinner

With 25 years’ experience as a
military cook, much of it on the front
lines of military deployments around
the world, Warrant Officer Mike
Hopping will bring his culinary
expertise and passion to Canada
Army Run’s Pasta Dinner, Saturday,
September 17. At this popular annual
event, WO Hopping and his team of five
other cooks, all from CFB Petawawa, will serve more than 500 people "military field-kitchen style" – a task that should prove relatively easy for someone who on his most recent deployment in Afghanistan served more than 1,400 people three times a day, every day, for four months. Read more…

Register for the Pasta Dinner»

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iRun: The Running Show Features Canada Army Run Participants

To hear from some of the interesting people involved in this year’s run, listen to podcasts from The Team 1200 Sport Radio’s weekly iRun: The Running Show hosted by Mark Sutcliffe. Over the past month, Mark has talked with Army Run Director Major Luc Frenette (8:37-20:28) about why Canada Army Run is an event not to be missed; Army Sergeant Major CWO Gino Moretti (27:00-39:45) about the military’s focus on fitness and what the run means to its members; Kim Kotar (12:29-24:04) about her battle with a debilitating disease and her inspirational fight back to health; Jenn Corbett (14:50-26:00) about her cookbook fundraiser that has already raised more than $20,000 for Soldier On; and Jason Dunkerley (11:30-24.48), three-time Paralympian medal recipient, about the visually impaired team of runners who will be competing.

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Facebook Fan Wins Free Registration!

FacebookMore than 3000 fans have now "liked" us on Facebook, so we’ve randomly drawn the name of one lucky person for a free registration. Congratulations goes to Marie-Pierre
Dionne, who will be running the 5K.

Not yet a fan? Become one today and be the first to hear about the latest run updates and to interact with other participants and find inspiration through their encouragement and personal stories.

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