The Army Run is always a great time. Very well organized (what else would you expect from the Armed Forces?), fun, and inspirational, this run lives up to the hype. You’re going to find excellent support like you should on a big race, friendly people, plenty of spectators, and an emotional finish with members of the Armed Forces giving out the medals.
There are a few places for improvement, however. This year they switched to a pre-made box of post-race food, something criticized by many since the regular fresh fare wasn’t available (bananas, yogurt, bagels, and such). However, the pre-boxed food ensured speedy transition and overall efficiency at the finish.
The long-sleeved tech T is, as always, a great shirt. With camo sleeves this shirt screams “Army Run” whenever you wear it. The medals, while improved this year with a double dog-tag, still seems a bit on the underwhelming side.
A relatively flat, fast course (it’s a bit hilly in Quebec) will give you the opportunity to PR if you can separate yourself from the masses. With 18,000 participants, there isn’t much room to move if you’re caught in the middle. Be sure to place yourself appropriately for your goals.
The cost is not prohibitive, and is pretty much what you’d expect for a larger race.
Overall a great race, lots of fun, and one that is perpetually on my calendar.