Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 29, 2007 10:02 ET

Media Advisory: Army Major Headed for World Cup 100 Km Ultramarathon for 6th Consecutive Year

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 29, 2007) - Ultramarathon runner, Major Bruce Barteaux, will represent Canada for a record sixth year in a row at the World Cup 100 km to be held this year in Winschoten, the Netherlands, on September 8, 2007.

Barteaux, 52, has had an impressive year leading up to his selection to the Canadian national team. He won the 100 Km Canadian Road Championship in Toronto in May, he took first place at the Levis Quebec 100 Km race in July, and won the Kingston 6-hour Ultra Race in June with a 72.4 km finish.

A 34-year career soldier, Barteaux is the only military member heading to the Netherlands as part of the five men and four ladies Canadian national team of the Association of Canadian Ultramarathoners (ACU). National team members must qualify each year based on times achieved at ultramarathon races. This is an ACU record for the number of times any individual has been selected for the Canadian team going to the 100 Km World Cup.

This soldier-athlete will also be inducted into the Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame this year for his athletic achievements as well as his community involvement. He has raised more than $37,000 in the last eight years to fight cancer and his lifetime total distance completed for the Terry Fox Run is over 1100 km (the longest single being a 160 km effort). He has also managed to make nearly 100 whole blood donations despite deployments, deferrals due to being on mission in malaria areas, and the need to avoid giving blood in the competition season.

Barteaux was born in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, and worked in Halifax before he was posted to National Defence Headquarters last year. He lives in Orleans and works at the Louis St. Laurent Building in Gatineau, Quebec.

Please note that Maj Barteaux will be leaving for the Netherlands on September 4.

Contact Information

  • Interviews can be arranged by contacting
    Louise Behan
    Outreach Officer, Army Public Affairs
    613-747-9472
    behan.la@forces.gc.ca