(Jeff) Many recreational events have had to change due to ongoing restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. So this year, the Canadian Army is very excited to host Canada Army Run: Virtual.
Today, we’re joined by Race Director, Major Lesley Quinlan to tell us more about how this Canadian Army tradition is adapting to the current environment.
Good day, ma’am. Can you tell us a bit about how the race is going to work this year?
(LQ) Good morning. Yes, thank you. This is the very first time that Canada Army Run is going both virtual and national. So, unfortunately, obviously, we're not able to physically gather in large numbers. The gathering therefore is the virtual part, but the run is still very much real. So, we are going to ask everybody to participate from wherever they happen to be. You can do this from anywhere in Canada and just do it straight out of your front door. You pick a route that's safe for you in whatever time you want to in the window of 12th to 20th of September. And we just ask that everyone follows the public safety measures that are in place in your region.
(Jeff) Who is the race open to and how can they register?
(LQ) The race is really open to anybody to register. All you need to do is go to armyrun.ca. You pick the distance of your choice. We have all the same distances that were offered last year. So, we have the 5, the 10 kilometres distances as well as a half-marathon. And then, there are also the two challenges. So, the first is a 15 kilometres, the Victory Challenge, and the 26.1 kilometres Commander's Challenge.
We have, from its really beginning, Army Run has had a way for ill and injured members and we certainly encourage everyone to either come run, walk or roll with us in whatever speed and capacity they're able to do. As long as everyone from the Defence Team, those different communities we'd like to see representation from all different parts of the Defence Team.
(Jeff) What programs or organizations will benefit from the funds raised?
(LQ) Canada Army Run raises funds for Soldier On and Support Our Troops funds. These are the official organizations supported by the Canadian Armed Forces and since the beginning of the event in 2008, they've raised over 3.6 million dollars for these wonderful causes that support ill and injured members and military families in need.
(Jeff) Is there anything else you would like to add?
(MQ) In addition to registering for Canada Army Run: Virtual, we do want to encourage people to create their own fundraising pages and engage in that with us. When you register, again at armyrun.ca, you have the option of creating a fundraising page and engaging with your own personal network of friends, families, coworkers and helping us to raise funds in support again of Soldier On and Support Our Troops.
So, we'd just like to encourage everybody to join us in this event wherever you happen to be and we look forward to seeing you at the virtual start line.
(Jeff) Major Quinlan, thank you very much for joining us today and I look forward to participating.
(LQ) Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you at the virtual start line.