Officer Cadet Roots Places First at Army Run, Earns RMC Athlete of the Week

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RELEASE — Logan Roots was named the RMC Athlete of the Week after besting more than 10,000 participants in the 5K Canada Army Run in Ottawa on Sunday, finishing the course first overall with a time of 15:01.2.

Across the 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races, nearly 20,000 participants ran, walked and rolled through the National Capital Region in the 11th annual Canada Army Run. During the race, Canadian and international participants of all ages and abilities participated alongside Canadian Armed Forces personnel, including ill and injured members.


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The third-year Officer Cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada was painstakingly close to winning the race back in 2016, finishing second fresh out of basic training. After training hard all summer while on OJE (On the Job Experience) in Cold Lake, Roots was back in top form with a number of first place finishes to his name heading into the race weekend.

Earlier in September, Roots set a 6km course record at a meet south of the border at SUNY Poly, and followed that up by wiping the floor with is fellow Officer Cadets in RMC’s annual Harrier Race—a 5km run that Roots finished in 15:18.

Everything clicked for Roots on Sunday, as the native of Whitehorse, YT won the race by nearly 30 seconds in front of distinguished guests, including the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence and General Jonathan H. Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff.

As a member of the military, Roots is also eligible to compete at the upcoming Cross Country World Military Championship, which takes place this November in Angola. Roots was a member of the Canadian Military National Team that competed at the 2017 event in Hungary.


Release & photo source: RMC