Canada Army Run 2012 attracts thousands and raises $250,000
It's been another amazing run of success for Soldier On's chief fundraiser, Canada Army Run. Celebrating its 5th anniversary, the event saw more than 18,000 participants run, walk and roll the 5 km route, including 90 "Soldier On" athletes. More than $100,000 was raised prior to the event and another $150,000 was raised through proceeds from the event. Funds also go to the Military Family Fund.
Acknowledged by running gurus as the fastest growing run in the country, the event has broken attendance records since its inception in 2008 and sold out in June.
“It is always moving to see the enormous support Canadians show the men and women of the Canadian Forces, especially here, at the annual Canada Army Run,” said Defence Minister Peter MacKay. “The Canada Army Run is a great initiative, contributing directly to supporting our ill and injured CF members and their families. I am extremely proud to join my fellow Canadians today as we walk, run or roll alongside these true Canadian heroes.”
As documented in the “Stories” section of the Canada Army Run website, people participate in this event for many different reasons. Some strive to break records or achieve personal bests. Some come in memory of parents or grandparents who spent their careers in the military, or of loved ones who lost their lives in the line of duty. Many are honouring family and friends who are in the military today. Others come to salute Canada’s injured and ill soldiers who participate and demonstrate for all the true spirit of “soldiering on”. And thousands of others come to simply thank the men and women of the Canadian Forces for all they do at home and abroad.
“Canadians deeply appreciate the sacrifices our military personnel make each and every day,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “I am humbled by how many Canadians join us in our nation’s capital to show their gratitude for those who are there for us when we need them.”
Army Run organizer Velma LeBlanc says it has been "another phenomenal year" for the Run and the organization and planning for next year's event is already on the agenda as donations continue to pour in.
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