Monday, October 17, 2016

Army Run

Finishing off this series on the Army Run event today, I have these shots. This is the Leopard, a heavily armoured main battle tank used by several NATO countries. Last year I was inside one of these- it was cramped!


Nearby was this, the LAV 6.0. This Light Armoured Vehicle is the Army's primary infantry vehicle, used in various ways, such as a transport, command post, or for electronic warfare. I also got on top of it.


This is a view from the top of the LAV, taking in Cartier Square Drill Hall, which dates back to 1879.


On Sunday I came back, to find many of the participants in the major run of the event, a half marathon, having had finished the race, gathered around City Hall, Cartier Square, and in Confederation Park. All told, over twenty thousand runners took part.


This view south from the Laurier Avenue Bridge has runners coming through the finish line.


Many of the runners went beneath the bridge and into Confederation Park, where things had been set up for post-race unwinding and relaxation. This view north takes in some of them, with views of the NAC and the Peace Tower for good measure. 

25 comments:

  1. I like the one where I see your shadow.

    Happy New Week !!!!

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  2. Wow, quite fascinating. And I see your shadow, William! :)

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  3. Very well the information.

    Tomás.

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  4. Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't need instruments of war? I'll bet it is cramped in there. B

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  5. My favourite photo is the 4th, the one with the shadows.

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  6. i think i'd be intimidated and cramped inside there!

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  7. @Whisk: thanks!

    @Linda: I couldn't avoid my shadow.

    @Tomas: thanks.

    @Marleen: the big race weekend in May draws even more.

    @Janey: they don't build these for comfort.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Tex: it is quite confined.

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  8. Oh no I couldn't William, those poor soldiers weren't given the luxury of having phobias were they, they just had to get on with it!

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  9. This makes me think of women fighting to be able to go into combat. There was talk of women being included in the draft. Makes me glad I'm too old for that s***. I only wage personal wars, myself.

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  10. Love those races. My wife ran 2 marathons and innumerable 5 and 10ks. Not any more, but I'd always go and take photos. I can't imagine doing such a thing myself but I give credit to those who get out there and stress their bodies! :)

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  11. Awesome. I loved visting the Tank museum here in the UK though I thought there was more room in the Leopard than in the WWII ones I went in

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  12. Sounds like the turn out was fantastic. I see the photographer's shadow in one of those shots! ;-)

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  13. @Grace: yes, these aren't built for someone with claustrophobia!

    @Norma: I get personal wars!

    @Lowell: I walk a lot, but running marathons and half marathons would be a whole different mindset.

    @Bill: I can imagine they'd be even more cramped from the WWII period.

    @Sharon: it was quite a weekend.

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  14. Great photos! Looks like Sunday was a nice day for marathon.

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  15. I will have to go to an armed forces day and see the new toys they have . My son was in the reserves until the early 90's so saw stuff way back then. You show the half marathon well by being up on the bridge.

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  16. I'm a bit surprised that they would let a rogue and a scoundrel get that close to the military equipment! Fun stuff though.

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  17. Fun big toys! May they remain so :) [but ready]

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  18. @Tamago: the whole weekend was pleasant.

    @Red: it's a great vantage point to capture runners on photos. Of course, everyone else knows that too, so it was crowded on the south side.

    @RedPat: good running weather.

    @Catalyst: yes, it was a surprise!

    @Cloudia: indeed.

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  19. i see a shadow. home now, William. sorry my notes or comments were always late. i am back now. so much to do. i don't know how you make your rounds so. you rock!! thanks for being so nice to me and so many other your friends here in the net. your kindness is way cool! ( ;

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  20. Yes, but do the armored vehicles come with air bags? :-)

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  21. That is a lot of runners. The U. S. equivalent of your light armored vehicle (at least the one I was in) was more of a yellowish-brown color. Same function though and built heavy enough to offer protection like yours.

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  22. I admire people who can run great distances. What a crowd!

    Janis
    GDP

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  23. Wow! That's a lot of runners! You got a lot of exploring done here.

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