Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 16, 2014 07:54 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Attend 2014 Canada Army Run and Cheer on Half-Marathon Participants at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2014) - As patrons of Canada Army Run, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will attend the 7th edition of the event on Sunday, September 21, 2014, in Ottawa. The run will start at the intersection of Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue.

For the first time this year, Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of the Governor General, will be part of the half-marathon course and will host a cheering area for members of the public. These exciting additions will further enhance the experience of participants coming from across Canada and around the world.

"Sharon and I are delighted to extend our greetings and offer our encouragement to all those taking part in Canada Army Run in support of Soldier On and the Military Families Fund," said His Excellency. "We are thrilled this year to extend an invitation to the public to join us on-site at Rideau Hall, the home of the people of Canada, to cheer on half-marathon participants as they make their way through the grounds. Their determination in putting their minds, bodies and souls through such a physical and demanding challenge for a great cause is truly inspiring. They deserve our utmost encouragement."

At 7:15 a.m., Their Excellencies will meet with ill and injured soldiers and other disabled athletes participating in Canada Army Run in downtown Ottawa. At 7:25 a.m., His Excellency will address athletes competing in the five-kilometre run. At 9 a.m., the Governor General will also speak to athletes competing in the half-marathon.

At 9:40 a.m., Their Excellencies will be at Rideau Hall to cheer on half-marathon participants as they run, walk or roll through the 13-kilometre marker.

About Canada Army Run

Canada Army Run is a unique running event in which Canadians can run, walk or roll side-by-side with members of the Canadian Armed Forces in half-marathon and five-kilometre events. Fundraising efforts and proceeds benefit Soldier On and the Military Families Fund. For more information about the event, visit www.armyrun.ca.

*** PHOTO OPPORTUNITY AT RIDEAU HALL ***

Media representatives wishing to cover the half-marathon as Their Excellencies cheer on the participants must contact the Rideau Hall Press Office (marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca) in advance and arrive on-site no later than 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, September 21. Media identification cards must be worn at all times while on the grounds.

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