Soldiers and members of the community combined to make this year’s Run Army event the biggest yet, with more than 9500 runners taking part across Australia and internationally.
CAPTION: Australian Army personnel from 13th Brigade participate in the 2023 Run Army event at Kings Park, Perth. Photo by Corporal Janet Pan.
The event raised more than $215,000 for Legacy, which will go towards supporting families of injured or fallen Defence personnel.
Chief of Army Lieutenant General Simon Stuart said it was great to see Run Army cementing its position as a major running event.
“Just three years after its launch, the growth of Run Army 2023 and the way our soldiers and community have embraced it is fantastic,” he said.
While the keystone event was held in Brisbane, Run Army has gone global via satellite events held across Australia and internationally enabling virtual running registrations.
“I’m even more excited that other events were held around Australia in places like Townsville, Darwin and the Pilbara, as well as overseas in Port Moresby and Texas,” Lieutenant General Stuart said.
The Brisbane event, on 23 April, was sold out, with 5000 participants competing across the 5km and 10km events.
President of Run Army Major General Jake Ellwood said it was an amazing day.
“The event brought Army and the community together again to sweat, run and smile in the beautiful City of Brisbane,” Major General Ellwood said.
“A big thanks to all who joined in on the run.
“A special mention in dispatches goes to all the soldiers who were out there supporting the event, to the police who kept us safe, and the sponsors and donors for their amazing generosity.”
Thousands enjoyed the displays of military equipment and weapons that lined the run route and filled the race village, including drones, a Bushmaster, an M1A1 Abrams tank, artillery guns, a Boxer vehicle and a Tiger ARH that flew overhead.
Run Army is locked in for 21 April next year.