RMC’s Logan Roots of White Horse, YK was the fastest racer of almost 10,000 participants, with a time of 15:17.1, in the 12th Annual Army Run 5km.
This is Roots’ second year in a row to place first in the Army Run, having taken the top spot during the fall of 2018 along with winning intercollegiate races in the US and the RMC Harrier Race. He placed second in the Army Run back in 2016.
“I’ve had a little bit of history with it, because I went during [the RMC First Year Orientation Program] in 2016, and lost; I got second by about half a second,” Roots said. “Ever since then, it’s been: ‘Ok, I’m going to win this. I’m going to win this.’”
The fourth-year Officer Cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada – who is well on his way to becoming a pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces – has been a Paladins competitive running club member and named team captain in his final year.
“To be in the military and win the Army Run – it means something a little bit more,” Roots said. “I’m very happy to have won it last year and then be able to defend it.”
Following his win, Roots was presented with a trophy from Army Commander Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre (pictured above).
Canada Army Run has grown to become one of the largest running events in Canada since beginning in 2018. Over 20,000 runners of all ability levels run, roll or walk the 5K, 10K and half-marathon courses every year. For 2019, the race location was changed to start and finish at the Canadian War Museum, enabling participants and spectators ‘to have a fuller experience of the event’s military origins’.
Canada Army Run raises money for two of the Canadian Armed Forces’ charitable funds: Soldier On, which assists ill or injured soldiers, and Support Our Troops, which benefits military families in need.