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Army Run continues growth in sold-out sixth

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Nearly 6,500 runners finished the Canada Army Run half-marathon. Photo: Dan Plouffe.

By Dan Plouffe

Downtown Ottawa was full of camouflage yesterday for the fourth-annual Canada Army Run as more than 16,000 runners took part in the pair of sold-out races.

Ottawa runners took two of the top three spots in the half-marathon race, with Josh Karanja winning the event in one hour, eight minutes, 21.9 seconds, followed by Victoria’s Nick Best and Matthew McInnes in third.

Joey Desjardins of Vankleek Hill was tops in the injured soldiers’ category, while Stittsville’s Tyrone Henry placed second and Louis Olivier Garceau took third, with Thales winning the team competition.

Kingston’s Kevin Coffey won the 5 km in 15:56. Robert Jewer of Halifax was second and Richard Hayes of Kingston was third, while Paralympian Jason Dunkerley was the top Ottawa runner in fourth.

Manotick’s Chris Bourne was the fastest injured soldier in the 5k, Sebastien Boisvert was second and Robert Thomson was third, while Adga won the team event.

The event that set a record for the number of runners in a first-time event four years ago supports organizations that help members of the military, including Soldier On and the Military Families Fund.

Check back on SportsOttawa.com for more coverage of Dunkerley’s race, in which he set a new 5k personal best.

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