Running to make a change

The 5km and 10km Run Army fun run returns to Brisbane on Sunday April 24, 2022, with funds raised going to Legacy.

CAPTION: Members of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation taking part in the inaugural Run Army 2021 5km and 10km events at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane.

President of Run Army Major General Jake Ellwood, of Army’s 1st Division, said in an exciting change, next year’s event will be held in the Brisbane Central Business District.

“We loved hosting Run Army 2021 at Gallipoli Barracks earlier this year, but are excited to bring the event to the heart of Brisbane in 2022, which will allow more people in our community to lace up their running shoes and get involved,” Major General Ellwood said.

“Running can be challenging and daunting, but it has enormous health benefits, and Run Army is about promoting resilience, health and wellbeing, not just among the Army, but also in the broader community.”

More than 1000 people took part in the inaugural event this year, raising over $50,000 for Legacy, and 2022 promises to be even bigger.

Legacy CEO Brendan Cox said the support makes a big impact on the lives of our veterans’ families, who are suffering after the death or injury of a loved one.

“We’re proud to be partnering with the Australian Army to bring Run Army to Brisbane, after a great launch in 2021 at Gallipoli Barracks,” Mr Cox said.

Returning as Run Army ambassador is Robert de Castella, a passionate runner, four-time Olympian and world-record holder, who said he was keen to provide his support.

“Running is incredibly beneficial to general health and fitness; it can change the way we feel about ourselves and also improve our mental health,” Mr de Castella said.

“Running gives a sense of accomplishment and wellbeing that is important anywhere in life, but especially in the military. It provides an opportunity to connect with, support, and share effort and achievements with others.”

Run Army is not just a fun run, but also the culminating event of an eight-week resilience program for soldiers called Running Change, which was recently expanded to Townsville after a successful pilot in Brisbane.

Major General Ellwood commented that Run Army will be made more special as it will take place on the weekend before Anzac Day each year, which in 2022 is the day prior.

“We invite the Brisbane and wider Australian community to join us in recognising the Anzac spirit and push themselves physically and mentally like our diggers of the past, while also supporting our current serving soldiers,” Major General Ellwood said.

Registrations are now open for Run Army 2022 at





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